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Specialist providers worry as Government fails to act on sleep-in shifts

Posted on December 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Specialist providers worry as Government fails to act on sleep-in shifts

The Government has again failed to tackle the funding of sleep in care, says the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), responding to the latest development in the long-running wages wrangle over how sleep-in shifts, where carers sleep through the night unless awoken to respond to residents’ care needs, should be paid for.

The national umbrella group, which represents disability charities, says the ‘sleep-in crisis’ remains critical and unresolved despite repeated calls for action from across the social care sector. Following the earlier hiatus in enforcement, VODG raised significant concerns but committed to working with Government to find a solution.

However, while the latest announcement about a new Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS) offers an apparent way forward, there are no assurances on how to fund the devastating retrospective cost.

VODG says that Government’s plans fall well short of what is necessary to remove … Read More »


Porthaven sold to Fremont

Posted on December 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Porthaven sold to Fremont

High-end care home provider Porthaven has been sold to Fremont Realty Capital and co-investors. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

In 2011. previous owners Phoenix Equity Partners backed Porthaven founder and chief executive John Storey to build a portfolio of high quality care homes. During the six year investment period, Phoenix worked with the Porthaven management team to build the portfolio fivefold from three to 15 care homes, through an organic growth plan of acquiring land and building additional homes. The number of residents living in Porthaven homes has increased from 80 to more than 500 during Phoenix’s investment period as a result. John Storey will continue to lead and grow the group alongside Fremont.

John Storey said that during its ownership Phoenix had been “hugely valuable business partners’. understanding the need to ensure the Porthaven ethos of delivering … Read More »


Some failures are inevitable

Posted on December 11th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 2 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

There’s a lot of speculation as to the near-term future of Four Seasons Health Care: as to if it will be placed in administration with some investors out of pocket and a few wiley individuals apparently trousering a surplus following financial machinations which are incomprehensible to me.

No one should be surprised by this development; government effectively washed its hands of adult social care provision and handed it over to the private sector many years ago. Multinational investors in all their guises have but one imperative – to maximise monetary return, but private enterprise and risk go hand-in-hand and some failures are inevitable.

One has the sense of the Southern Cross debacle playing out again, with national media asking largely fatuous questions about corporate accountability, presenting government as a potential ‘Mr Fixit’ rather than as agent provocateur.

But a … Read More »





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