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BBC debate on social care sees residents quiz politicians

Posted on May 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on BBC debate on social care sees residents quiz politicians

A group of residents at a Surrey care home were invited on to TV in early May to debate social care ahead of the local elections.

BBC London Live visited Priory Court care home near Epsom for a question and answer session with elderly residents as part of a feature on social care.

Shirley Emilio, manager of Priory Court, which is part of the St Cloud Care group, said: “We were happy to welcome the TV crew into the home. Several of the residents grilled Conservative, Lib Dem and UKIP politicians from Surrey County Council about their policies.”

The sometimes heated discussion took place in the home’s pub-lounge – an area of Priory Court designed especially for social gatherings and was broadcast on Wednesday May 3rd, just ahead of the local elections.

Shirley added: “Funding for adult social care is a political hot potato … Read More »


CBRE advises Gold Care Homes on sale and leaseback

Posted on May 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CBRE advises Gold Care Homes on sale and leaseback

Global real estate advisor CBRE has advised Gold Care Homes on the sale and leaseback of 18 care homes for about £90m to an overseas real estate investor.

Established in 1999, Gold Care Homes has since grown to operate 21 care homes through development, mergers and acquisitions. The homes are located throughout southern and central England, and focus on the private and public pay markets. The transaction involves 18 of the homes, located mainly in Southern England and Birmingham. The remaining homes will be operated outside the sale and leaseback agreement.

CBRE’s Peter Farnes said the this latest transaction showed the continued appetite from international investors for UK healthcare assets and the elderly care market.

“This underscores the growing investor demand to grow and develop regional care businesses and benefit from index linked returns,” said Mr Farnes.

“The transaction provides Gold Care Homes with … Read More »


Sanctuary buys three care homes from LNT

Posted on May 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sanctuary buys three care homes from LNT

Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group has purchased three care homes from LNT Care Developments.

he homes, which will be built in Pensby in Merseyside, Nantwich in Cheshire and Devizes in Wiltshire, are ‘turnkey’ properties, which means Sanctuary will take on ownership and management once they are built and fitted out. Their locations have been carefully selected to dovetail with the group’s existing care homes, which are managed by the group’s subsidiary Sanctuary Care.

Sanctuary Care runs 68 homes around the country,most of which are in the midlands and south, serving thousands of residents. The Pensby home will have 60 bedrooms and is due to open in January 2018, the Nantwich home, also 60 beds, is due to open in April 2018 and offering 66 bedrooms, the home in Devizes is due to open in July 2018.

The three new homes will be … Read More »


Partnership to offer inspections and quality assessment

Posted on May 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Partnership to offer inspections and quality assessment

LaingBuisson and BKR Care Consultancy have joined in partnership to provide CQC-type and Ofsted-type inspections across England, Wales and Scotland.

Inspections will be conducted by a highly experienced, 26-strong inspection team, the members of which have undertaken more than 300 inspections. They include former CQC inspectors, senior managers, former heads of safeguarding, mental health specialists, acute care specialists, former Ofsted inspectors and educational specialists.

LaingBuisson chief executive Henry Elphick said the partnership would work with providers, lenders and advisors providing impartial and robust mock inspections to support service improvement, commercial due diligence and risk management.

“LaingBuisson’s partnership with BKR represents an important development in our consultancy offering,” said Mr Elphick.

“Independent inspections provide our clients with a valuable way of managing risk and ensuring the integrity of their due diligence as advisors and gaining a whole-market perspective on how a facility is doing. BKR’s … Read More »


An upgraded Better Care Fund: game changing or game playing?

Posted on May 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. No Comments

By Guest Blogger BOB FERGUSON

You’ll have heard few cheers for the Better Care Fund (BCF), the bright idea intended to nudge the NHS and local authorities into each other’s arms – mostly, it should be added, for the benefit of the former. Although it may have set hearts aflutter at the time, it hasn’t actually produced a match made in heaven.

The fragile nature of the relationship has never been better illustrated than in one hospital’s attempt to combat delayed discharges. It mounted a predatory raid on capacity normally contracted by the local authority for ongoing care, securing beds for step-down purposes by the simple expedient of overpaying. Its comeuppance for this aggressive procurement came subsequently when residents were stranded by the resultant reduction in council-funded accommodation for long-term usage.

A failure to consider, let alone consult on, expanding capacity sparked a … Read More »


A quiet achiever

Posted on May 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on A quiet achiever

Talkative Deborah Pritchard took on a sponsored silence to raise funds for a dementia friendly sensory garden at a care home in Widnes, Cheshire.

The locquacious carer at Halton View care homerecently spent an entire day silently carrying out her duties. She wore a sign around her neck reading “I am on a sponsored silence” and carried a note book so she could communicate with colleagues, residents and visitors.

The quiet achiever raised £289 for the sensory garden which will include planters, furniture, a water feature, bird table and a wide variety of flowers.

“Deb is usually such a bubbly little chatterbox,” said Halton View manager Amanda Kelly.

“The staff, residents and regular visitors all thought they’d gone deaf, it’s been so quiet around the home compared to normal. Deb has raised a lot of money for the sensory garden through her sponsored silence … Read More »


Retirement Living properties set to double in value in just over a decade, says JLL

Posted on May 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Retirement Living properties set to double in value in just over a decade, says JLL

Under supply of retirement living accommodation in the mid to upper market tiers and increase in life expectancy is driving strong re-sale and price growth in the retirement living market, according to real estate investment advisors JLL.

Analysis was undertaken by the firm into the performance of properties in the housing with care market, managed by members of the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) over the past 22 years. This form of housing comprises self-contained units with communal facilities and on-site care. It is the fastest growing form of housing in the retirement living sector.

The key finding is that this form of retirement living accommodation tends to follow UK house price growth. Since 1995 the compound growth rate for housing with care has been 6.0%, with an average price difference between sales of just over £41,000. JLL predicts that based on … Read More »


Rhyl care home acquired by existing management

Posted on May 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Rhyl care home acquired by existing management

St David’s residential care home in Rhyl, North Wales, has been acquired by new owners in a seven figure funding deal supported by Allied Irish Bank (GB).

The home’s registered manager Ruth Waltho, along with her husband David, have acquired the 52-bed facility for an undisclosed sum.

Located in a seafront setting on East Parade in Rhyl, St David’s has 48 bedrooms, many of which have en-suite facilities. Three of the bedrooms are suitable for dual occupancy.

St David’s is the biggest care home in North Wales and employs 40 members of staff. The property was originally built in 1904 as a preparatory school for boys and has also previously been used as a convalescent home for Yorkshire miners. Following its acquisition, plans are now underway to improve and refurbish the care home, including the creation of two new bathrooms and a home … Read More »


Clear thinking on care funding

Posted on May 15th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. Comments Off on Clear thinking on care funding

By Guest Blogger JEF SMITH

In the rarified atmosphere of political debate engendered by the general election, social care is only just about hanging on. General elections do not spread attention fairly and, sadly, the best that we can expect – and by and large are getting – is the occasional mention, usually coupled with the more widespread worries associated with the NHS.

When the dust of election settles, those of us who care about social care funding need to be prepared to renew the struggle for political attention. At that point, it will be important to separate two distinct strands of the problem, both of which must feature in the promised Green Paper.

The first is that explored – six years ago! – by the Dilnot Commission. This would lessen the unpredictable financial impact of needing extensive care late in life by … Read More »


HC-One care home celebrates role in government-backed training pilot

Posted on May 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on HC-One care home celebrates role in government-backed training pilot

HC-One’s Rose Court care home in Radcliffe, Manchester, has received high praise for its role as part of a government-backed pilot scheme in the recently published Teaching Care Home Impact Report.

Rose Court was one of a group of services chosen to take part in the scheme, led by Care England and funded by the Department for Health. The pilot scheme aimed to improve the learning environment for care home staff, develop new undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and encourage nurses to join learning placements in care homes.

The impact report, launched at a Parliamentary reception in the House of Lords, highlighted how the pilot had helped staff at Rose Court to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in using reflective practice to improve their work, as well as increased confidence in their ability to carry out their work. The pilot built upon HC-One’s existing … Read More »



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