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Mixed provision in a mixed retirement market

Posted on March 6th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 2 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

A man recently wrote to my local paper objecting to retirement units being built near to the centre of the town where I live.

“There is already more than enough retirement housing in the town,” he wrote. “Do we want to become a community of geriatrics?”

He has a point, particularly as younger people are being priced out of the town’s housing market. The writer mentioned that he himself was a pensioner in his 70s so we may assume that he enjoys living in a multigenerational community.

But around the country the township demographic is getting older and yet the supply of ‘age qualified’ housing in the UK is only about 0.05%, compared to the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand where it ranges between 5 and 7%.

‘Retirement villages’ and the like are enjoying a period of growth … Read More »


End of March deadline to enter training awards

Posted on March 2nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on End of March deadline to enter training awards

Care providers have until Friday, March 31st to enter the City & Guilds Group Princess Royal Training Awards – a programme which celebrates the impact of training and development on business performance.

Last year, 33 organisations reached the standard and received an award at a reception hosted by Princess Anne at St James’s Palace. Among the recipients were the Caring Homes Group and Home Instead Senior Care. Now in the second year, the awards are free to enter. Businesses of all sizes and from all sectors are encouraged to apply.

For more information on how to apply and for support with the application, visit: www.princessroyaltrainingawards.com


CQC to be given oversight of new funding?

Posted on February 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CQC to be given oversight of new funding?

An article published in the Health Service Journal in late February suggests that the Government will ask the Care Quality Commission to oversee use of additional funds for care, expected to be announced in the March budget.

Although a government source is reported to have said the plans were ‘speculation’, several sources with knowledge of the plans said talks were taking place between the Treasury, Department of Health and the CQC.

Sources with knowledge of the talks are reported to have said the CQC would be tasked by ministers with inspecting how councils use the money. The intention is to provide assurance to the Treasury that the money will deliver measurable improvements – both for social care users, and to the NHS, by helping to reduce delayed transfers out of hospital. The plans are expected to be announced when the Government delivers … Read More »





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