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Avery is tops in food standards

Posted on August 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Avery is tops in food standards

Care home operator Avery Healthcare believes it may have achieved a sector first for a larger care provider by attaining a five-star rating from

environmental health officers for food standards in all of its more than 50 care facilities and senior living locations throughout the country.

Based purely on unannounced visits, a five star award from environmental health is the highest level achievable.

Avery says it has invested greatly in recent years with high quality commercial kitchens and recruiting well-qualified professional staff who they have continued to support and train further.

Group culinary manager for Avery, Simon Lawrence said a first-class hygiene and food safety culture had been developed alongside the quest for higher quality dining for the care sector.

“Avery chefs have also individually won awards for their expertise and dining development for the sector over the last few years, and are enthusiastic to … Read More »


Care homes discounted in end of life care

Posted on August 14th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 2 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I am sure that we all want those who we care for to experience ‘a good death’ when the time comes. At present about one-in-five people spend their last days and hours in a care home and I know of many care homes which deliver excellent standards of end of life care.

Staff in hundreds of care homes have gone through the rigorous assessment procedures of the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) in end of life care, with many homes achieving ‘beacon’ status, the highest level of accreditation awarded by GSF. Indeed, some care homes actively promote best practise, giving other care homes and agencies the benefit of their expertise.

A recent survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes gives the briefest of mentions to the good work done by care homes and focuses instead … Read More »


Survey says care homes are challenged in end of life care

Posted on August 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Survey says care homes are challenged in end of life care

A survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes has highlighted the good work they do and identified the key challenges they face.

Commissioned by Public Health England and undertaken by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University, with input from the National Council for Palliative Care and Hospice UK, the survey examined the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.

One hundred and eight specialist palliative care services based in hospices, the community or hospitals were surveyed between November 2016 and January 2017. 90% of those surveyed had been providing services to care homes for 10 years or more. Just over half provided services within one Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area, while 5% covered 5 CCGs. 72% were specifically commissioned to provide palliative care support in care homes, while the other … Read More »





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