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Four Seasons Health Care and Active Minds partner up

Posted on May 11th, by jacob in Caring Times head, Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Four Seasons Health Care and Active Minds partner on activities products for people with dementia

 

 

Four Seasons Health Care, the UK’s largest independent elderly care provider, is partnering with Active Minds, award-winning specialists in designing activity products for people with dementia. They plan to collaborate to develop innovative new activity products. Four Seasons will also introduce a full suite of current Active Minds activity products into more than 300 of its care homes and will monitor how this improves the day to day experience for people living with dementia.

People living with dementia often face additional challenges when it comes to activities. Deterioration of cognitive, dexterity and visual abilities may mean regular activities products such as puzzles and games become too challenging and can cause frustration. The suite of Active Minds products specifically for people with dementia that Four Seasons is … Read More »


Akari Care launches confidential helpline

Posted on August 8th, by geoff in Caring Times head. Comments Off on Akari Care launches confidential helpline

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Akari Care, which operates 39 care homes in England, has launched an independent and confidential helpline for staff, residents and relatives.

Designed to work alongside existing reporting mechanisms, the helpline is intended to enable legitimate concerns to be raised with the knowledge that they will be treated seriously and referred directly to a member of the senior management team.

Lynn Fearn, deputy chief executive at Akari Care, said: “Our staff are kind, caring and professional and we have very few issues concerning standards of care. However, we are committed to dealing responsibly, openly and professionally with any genuine concerns raised.

“Care for older people is changing rapidly. People’s expectations of care have increased and this brings a number of challenges to providers. The key challenge is the provision of a first class service delivered by a high quality care team in … Read More »


Wales adopts Declaration of Rights for older people

Posted on July 21st, by geoff in Caring Times head. Comments Off on Wales adopts Declaration of Rights for older people

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Wales has become the first country in the world to adopt a Declaration of the Rights of Older People, which sets out the rights of older people in Wales.

Last year, the deputy minister for social services Gwenda Thomas asked the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales to chair a working group to consider how the lives of older people in Wales could be enhanced through a declaration of rights.

The Declaration, which has received cross-party support in the National Assembly for Wales, is based on the UN Principles for Older Persons and sets out what older people have said they value and what rights they feel would support and protect them:

I have the right to be who I am
I have the right to be valued I have free will and the right to make decisions about my life
I have the … Read More »


Restricted budgets – restricted fees

Posted on July 18th, by geoff in Caring Times head. Comments Off on Restricted budgets – restricted fees

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Research carried out by specialist healthcare property advisors HPC suggests fees paid by local authorities for residential care in England have shown an average uplift in the region of 1.7%. The figure is derived from an audit of the Annual Fee Review which most local authorities in England have now completed as we enter the second quarter of the financial year.

HPC says that, while a number of councils have yet to complete the consultation process, this level of uplift at least seeks to give parity with rising costs. Having fallen significantly behind the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) over recent years, this average review level is broadly in line with the April 2014 CPI of 1.8%.

What the uplift does not reflect is the forthcoming 3% uplift in National Minimum Wage (October 2014) coupled with a rising pension liability for … Read More »


CQC to tackle failing care through special measures

Posted on July 17th, by geoff in Caring Times head. Comments Off on CQC to tackle failing care through special measures

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced a new regime that will tackle failing care through special measures from April 2015. Special measures that were first applied to hospital trusts, are now going to be applied to care homes.

The process was introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) a year ago to 11 failing trusts. The ratings, based on a system first used in schools, give health and care services a rating of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. Most hospital trusts have since made progress, although only five have been or are being taken out of special measures. Care homes judged as requiring special measures will be given six months to improve or face closure.

CQC chief inspector of adult social care Andrea Sutcliffe said the regulator would shine a spotlight on poor practice and make sure that … Read More »


New Care Projects plan £7m care home in Nottingham

Posted on July 16th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off on New Care Projects plan £7m care home in Nottingham

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Manchester based New Care Projects has plans for an 82-bed care facility in Nottingham, worth £7m.

New Care currently operates two care homes in the North West, in Urmston and Timperley, and has now acquired its first site, of 1.8 acres, outside of the North West, in West Bridgford in the Borough of Rushcliffe.


Target Healthcare REIT buys two more care homes

Posted on July 15th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off on Target Healthcare REIT buys two more care homes

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Target Healthcare REIT, a specialist investor in UK care homes, has acquired two care homes – Bromford Lane and Beechdale Manor – in the Midlands, for about £14.3m including acquisition costs.

Located in Washwood Heath, Birmingham and Bilborough, Nottingham, both properties are modern, purpose-built homes and were acquired under a sale and leaseback arrangement from Bondcare, who will continue to operate them.

Accommodating up to 181 residents across the two homes, both are over three floors and offer residential, nursing and dementia care as well as specialist high dependency care at Bromford Lane. The care homes will continue to be leased to the existing operator Bondcare for a period of approximately 21 years at Bromford Lane and 35 years at Beechdale Manor, and the transaction represents an initial yield in excess of 7% The rent payable under the lease is subject … Read More »


Social care will suffer as money goes back to the NHS

Posted on July 14th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off on Social care will suffer as money goes back to the NHS

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A Government directive that local authorities must hand money they received through the Better Care Fund back to the NHS will put a huge burden on councils whose social care budgets are already constrained, says the Nuffield Trust.

Responding to the revisions to the Better Care Fund, set out by the Department for Health in early July, Dr Judith Smith of the Nuffield Trust said that, while sound in principle, the Better Care Fund had been built on unrealistic assumptions about the in-year savings that could be achieved by reducing emergency admissions to hospital.

“It’s therefore good to see that the Government has listened to the concerns we and others raised about the impact the Fund could have on hospital finances in 2015/16, which is looking to be a crunch year for the NHS,” said Dr Smith.

“But we should be … Read More »


Albion Ventures invests £16m in new care homes

Posted on July 10th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off on Albion Ventures invests £16m in new care homes

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Funds managed by Albion Ventures, one of the biggest independent venture capital investors in the UK, have committed up to £16m for the development of two purpose-built residential care homes for elderly people.

The new facilities will be located in Cumnor Hill, Oxford and Hillingdon, Greater London and will cater for a total of 130 elderly residents, providing hotel style accommodation including a bistro, private dining room, library and spa.

Construction on both facilities will start in September and they are scheduled to open in the autumn of 2015. Berkley Care Group, which currently runs three luxury care homes, will operate the two new facilities.

Albion and Berkley have already established a partnership through owning and operating Bayfield Court, a 46-bed purpose-built facility in Chingford, Greater London. The new developments will build on the model established at Bayfield Court by providing … Read More »


Care Council for Wales gets £10m to support the regulation and training of the social care workforce

Posted on July 7th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off on Care Council for Wales gets £10m to support the regulation and training of the social care workforce

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The Care Council for Wales will receive £10m funding from the Welsh Government in 2014-15 to regulate the social care workforce and ensure workers receive appropriate training and qualifications.

In announcing the funding, deputy minister for social services Gwenda Thomas said the social care sector was one of the major employers in Wales with 70,000 staff delivering care and support for people across Wales every day.

“This is a varied and dynamic sector incorporating services in the public and independent sectors,” said Ms Thomas.

“Its size and significance is growing and the importance of the social care workforce for the population of Wales cannot be overstated. The Council’s work to set standards is part of the fabric of social services and social care in Wales, providing the framework for a professional, well qualified workforce.

“In implementing our programme for change in social … Read More »



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