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Free flu jabs for care home workers

Posted on November 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Free flu jabs for care home workers

Commenting on NHS England’s decision to offer free flu vaccinations to care home workers, Professor Martin Green, chief executive of independent provider representative body Care England, said his organisation had long campaigned on the issue.

“In the past the independent sector has been overlooked and providers have had to foot the bill themselves which, in a climate of severe financial pressures, has been difficult,” said Prof. Green.

“Being ready for winter and offering extra capacity to the already stretched NHS is yet another area where the independent sector can help.”

In a circular from NHS England, Department of Health and Public Health England the new programme for vaccinating people at risk was unveiled. It highlighted the virulent strain of flu in Australia and New Zealand and echoed messages of needing to prepare front line health and social care staff.

The International Longevity Centre – … Read More »


Never so Green

Posted on November 27th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 1 Comment

By Guest Blogger JEF SMITH

There was very little for one’s comfort in the Government’s mid-November announcement on the way forward for making policy on social care. It promised no more than a Green Paper, the most preliminary type of consultation document. There was no sense of the urgent crisis both the care sector and the NHS currently face; the accompanying statement had the cheek to congratulate the Government on the extra money already being supplied, though just about everyone else regards that as hopelessly inadequate. If ever there were a case of talks about talks, fiddling while Rome burns, and kicking an issue into the long (green) grass, this was it.

Serious Whitehall watchers will have noted a few other scraps of evidence. First, the announcement came in the name of First Minister Damian Green (no relation). Mr Green, though nominally First … Read More »


One Housing to lease four new retirement schemes

Posted on November 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on One Housing to lease four new retirement schemes

Frontier Estates, a UK healthcare developer, has completed a pre-let and forward funding agreement of four premium retirement homes.

The four new schemes in Watford, Bedford, Flitwick and Letchworth will provide a total of 308 rooms for One Housing Group who have entered into new 30-year indexed leases on the properties which will be completed in 2019.

The deal cements One Housing’s expansion into the private care home sector with the development of their new, premium, private care home brand, Baycroft, a portfolio of luxury care homes, dementia facilities and senior villages throughout London and the South East.

The new developments have been forward funded by Aviva’s REALM fund for a total commitment of about £70m. Frontier were advised by Colliers International. Adam Lenton, Head of Healthcare for Colliers, said: “Working with John Knowles in our national capital markets team, we were delighted … Read More »


Study: people die more comfortably in a care home

Posted on November 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Study: people die more comfortably in a care home

Very old people are more likely to die comfortably if they die in a care home or at home, compared with dying in a hospital, suggests a new study from the University of Cambridge.

Yet while the overwhelming majority of very old people reported symptoms at the end of life such as distress, pain and depression, the study found that these were not always treated effectively.

Older people with dementia commonly report multiple symptoms as they approach the end-of-life, and if these symptoms are not adequately controlled, they may increase distress and worsen an individual’s quality of life.

The researchers argue that their findings highlight the need to improve training in end-of-life care for all staff, in all settings, and in particular to address the current shortage of palliative care doctors in the NHS.

Compared with people who died in hospital, the odds of … Read More »


Colten Care plans further growth after bank deal

Posted on November 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Colten Care plans further growth after bank deal

A family owned care home company is set for further expansion after agreeing a £26m financing package with its new banker.

Colten Care, which owns and operates 20 homes across the South of England, says it is planning to open a new home every couple of years following the deal with NatWest.

Work is already well-advanced on its 21st home, costing in excess of £10m, in Poole, Dorset, while a £1.5m ‘top to toe’ refurbishment has just been completed at its Canford Chase home in Branksome Park, also in Poole.

Colten Care chief executive Mark Aitchison said the new finance would allow the company to continue with its growth strategy of building new homes, while at the same time maintaining its current homes.

“Colten Care is different from many other companies in our sector,” said Mr Aitchison.

“We are a family owned company with no … Read More »


A weary sense of deja vu

Posted on November 20th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 4 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

So we are to be favoured with a Green Paper sometime next summer.

Theresa May’s insistence on the importance of an exact date for Brexit rings hollow alongside her government’s insouciant deferral of the Green Paper. They say “it is right that we take the time needed to debate the many complex issues and listen to the perspectives of experts and care users, to build consensus around reforms which can succeed.” They’ve had years to do this.

It is with a weary sense of deja vu that I recall that the release of the last social care Green Paper was deferred. Green Papers are of course standard practice for appearing to address an issue while not actually doing anything. A panel of the great and good comes up with a few suggestions which are then put out to … Read More »


Shaw healthcare plans long-term growth with £10m Bridges Evergreen investment

Posted on November 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Shaw healthcare plans long-term growth with £10m Bridges Evergreen investment

Shaw healthcare, an employee-owned care provider for elderly people, has agreed to sell a minority stake to Bridges Evergreen Holdings for £10m to accelerate its growth and development.

With 52 care homes across England, more than 3,500 employees and revenues of over £90m last year, Shaw healthcare is one of the ten largest employee-owned companies in the UK and will continue to be substantially owned by its employees for the long-term. The company enjoys strong relationships with local authorities and the NHS, from whom it derives over half of its income through long-term contracts.

Evergreen is a permanent capital vehicle managed by Bridges Fund Management, a specialist sustainable and impact investor. Unlike standard private equity funds, Evergreen has no requirement to exit in a finite period – allowing it to provide financial and operational support to Shaw over the long-term. As part … Read More »


Colne supported living scheme gets under way

Posted on November 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Colne supported living scheme gets under way

Work has begun on a £1.6m supported living development in Colne, Lancashire.

Due for completion in Spring 2018, the three storey scheme will provide 11 apartments alongside communal areas and landscaped gardens specially designed for adults with a range of support needs.

New residents will receive a tenancy agreement and there is no limit to how long people can live there.

The development, a three-way partnership project between Making Space, a national charity and leading provider of health and social care services, specialist accommodation developer Homelife and health and social care landlord Inclusion Housing, is intended to enable adults with a range of support needs to live as independently as possible, with support from an on-site care team.


Dutch dementia care provider targets UK south east

Posted on November 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Dutch dementia care provider targets UK south east

Castleoak, Mike Parsons and Dutch operator in new venture to create Martha Flora UK

Established European specialist dementia care operator Martha Flora has joined forces with care sector development specialists Castleoak and operating partner Mike Parsons to create Martha Flora UK.

Amsterdam-based Martha Flora operates specialist boutique dementia care homes across the Netherlands with 13 homes currently open or under construction.

As part of the joint venture Castleoak will provide specialist land finding and acquisition services, will manage the planning process, and design and build the high quality specialist care homes. Care sector entrepreneur Mike Parsons and his team will commission and operate the new facilities and Martha Flora will provide the brand, intellectual property and operational support.

A new company Martha Flora UK Ltd has been established and will be jointly owned by the three parties, with development and construction partner Castleoak taking … Read More »


Anchor’s apprenticeship scheme gets top rating

Posted on November 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Anchor’s apprenticeship scheme gets top rating

An apprenticeship scheme run by care home and retirement housing charity Anchor has been rated the best in the country.

Anchor, which is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, has come tops in the Rate My Apprenticeship Award, coming-in ahead of Virgin Media, Deloitte, Land Rover and BAE Systems.

The award saw apprentices from across the UK rate their apprenticeship, basing their views on how valued they feel, the support they get on programme, development opportunities and how much they earn.

“We’re incredibly honoured to be voted the number one employer of apprentices, especially as it is our apprentices’ feedback which has got us there,” said Katie Rankin, Anchor’s qualifications & apprenticeships manager.

“We’re passionate about developing future talent, giving young people the opportunity to gain new skills and make a real difference to older people’s lives. We’re extremely … Read More »





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