A care provider in Wales says it encourages its service users to engage in activities such as learning an instrument or gardening.
The Global Council’s recent report on brain health recommends people engage in stimulating activities such as learning an instrument, photography and gardening as they provide benefits for adults’ brain health and can impact how well the brain functions.
Ffion Evans, registered manager at Abacare, said the company had been encouraging our service users to engage in cognitively stimulating activities for many years.
“The report says that ‘brain-training’ games including mind games and puzzles that are designed to improve brain health have little benefit as the player only gets better at the game, which does not amount to improvements in daily cognitive ability, and we agree,” said Ms Evans.
“We much prefer to encourage our service users to take up activities such as … Read More »
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 »
Bridges Fund Management, a specialist sustainable and impact investor, has agreed the pre-sale of an 80-bed care home in Sidcup, Kent, to Ropemaker Properties, the property holding company of BP Pension Fund. Ropemaker has committed to acquire the site for £17.3m. For Bridges, this reflects a net initial yield of 4.5%. The sale is expected to complete in late 2018, once the construction phase is finished.
In 2015, Bridges bought a 3.1acre site adjacent to St Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, investing from Bridges Property Alternatives Fund III. Working with specialist developer Castleoak, it has since been granted planning consent for a scheme comprising 80 care beds. The home has already been pre-let to operator Care UK on a 30-year term.
Bridges has been actively investing in the healthcare sector – and care homes in particular – since 2010, in line with its … Read More »
City & County Healthcare Group, the UK’s biggest national provider of homecare, has acquired Constance Care Ltd in a move to strengthen its presence in Scotland.
Constance Care is a family-run Scottish homecare business based in Kilmarnock with six branches covering central and western Scotland. It employs more than 400 staff who provide 11,000 hours of care per week to around 1,200 individuals, principally under local authority contracts.
The acquisition expands City & County’s existing presence in Scotland following its acquisition of Social Care Recruitment & Training Ltd in September 2016.
Constance Care is City & County’s tenth acquisition since it was acquired by Graphite Capital, a mid-market private equity specialist, in 2013.
City & County chief executive, James Thorburn, said: “Constance Care is a well-run business with a strong local presence and a reputation for quality. We are delighted to welcome the Constance … Read More »
Major provider Care UK has selected the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester as its new partner to help it invest further in
its provision of care for people living with dementia.
The initial phase of the partnership sees an 18-month contract where the University of Worcester will support Care UK to build consistency, cohesion and continuous improvement into all aspects of dementia care in its 114 homes.
Care UK spent four months evaluating possible academic partners from universities across the UK. After narrowing it down to three, the University was chosen for its strong research base and its determination to develop a tailored programme based on a deep understanding of Care UK’s current and future dementia care services.
Announcing the partnership, Care UK’s residential care services managing director Andrew Knight said linking to an academic partner would help Care UK … Read More »
Shropshire care group Adelphi Care Services, which provides services to adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour, is to become part of The Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest care provider.
Nine specialist residential and supported living services will become part of Regard, which was formed in 1994, and now has a staff of more than 2,200 operating at 150 sites around the country. The organisation currently supports more than 1,100 people.
Specialist property agents Carterwood were instructed by Adelphi shareholders to seek a suitable buyer for the business and played an integral role in facilitating the acquisition by Regard, which comes at a time when it is already experiencing significant organic growth, having opened 12 new services within the past 12 months, with a further 12 new openings planned by mid-2018.
Balhousie Ruthven Towers care home in Auchterader has been working with social enterprise Lingo Flamingo to offer French classes to residents in a bid to help delay the symptoms of dementia.
It is believed that speaking multiple languages can delay the onset of dementia by up to five years. The tailored sessions help residents with early forms of dementia to improve communication, cognitive development and inter-personal skills, as well as build their confidence.
Residents at the Perthshire care home have just finished a 10-week French workshop, taking part in a range of activities including music sessions, word association and learned memory techniques.
Ruthven Towers home manager Jozi Stables said the foreign language workshops had been very popular with residents and the benefits had been amazing to see.
“Residents that were quite disengaged at the beginning became fully engaged by the end of the 10-weeks,” … Read More »
Glebelands, a 42-bed care home with nursing in Wokingham, Berkshire, has been acquired by not-for-profit provider Greensleeves Care, becoming the 21st member of the Greensleeves portfolio.
The sale of the home by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) is a key part of The CTBF’s change to its long-term strategy which involves a refocusing of its efforts to better support its members to meet their changing needs and lifestyles.
Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group has purchased 35 residential care homes and a supported living scheme from Embrace Group.
The homes are largely in Scotland and the North East, broadening Sanctuary’s geographical spread as the group’s 68 existing care homes are mostly in the Midlands and South. The purchase will bring the total number of bed spaces provided by Sanctuary Group to more than 5,300.
The 1,800 staff members in these homes will become part of Sanctuary Group which employs around 11,000 people at present.
Sanctuary’s Group chief executive David Bennett said the group’s existing portfolio had been assembled through a mixture of acquisition, development and self-build.
“As such, we have extensive experience of integrations of this nature,” said Mr Bennett.
“We believe that experience combined with a complete dedication to caring for older residents will ensure that these homes are seamlessly brought into … Read More »
One of the UK’s biggest not-for-profit care providers has celebrated its Silver Jubilee.
The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) first started providing nursing and residential care when it took over responsibility for 16 homes from Lincolnshire County Council in May 1992. Today, the Trust operates 70 care homes and 14 extracare housing schemes across Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
To mark the anniversary, all of the Trust’s homes held Silver Jubilee Tea Parties for residents, relatives, employees and guests during May. Two care homes in each region also planted a silver birch tree for the jubilee.
“The Trust has grown significantly since 1992 and we have developed many new ways of providing care and support for residents, especially for those with dementia,” said OSJCT chief executive Dan Hayes.
“I am sure the next quarter of a century will see us continue to … Read More »