Inspired Villages Group (IVG), an operator and developer of later living accommodation established by Legal & General in August 2017,has acquired Ledian Farm in Leeds Village in Kent.
The seven acre site, which comes with a detailed planning consent for a retirement village, is expected to have a gross development value of more than £50m and provide over 115 homes when built. Located close to Leeds Castle, it has an attractive setting on the edge of Leeds village, offering an idyllic country outlook within an existing village community.
IVG chief executive Jamie Bunce said the acquisition of Ledian Farm further expanded the group’s national footprint, currently arranged over six village schemes in Warwickshire, Cheshire, West Sussex, Devon and Hampshire, as it looked to satisfy the growing demand for well-designed later living communities, expanding its property portfolio to 3,500.
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Regional contractor Stepnell has been chosen by care home developer Frontier to build two care homes in Bedfordshire.
Each home will have 75 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as communal spaces for dining, relaxing and socialising. Each home will have its own cinema room and gym, a café, hair and beauty salon, guest accommodation and a children’s play area for visitors.
Stepnell’s team in Rugby has just started work on the two construction contracts in Flitwick and Stotfold – each worth £8m – designed by architects Harris Irwin Associates. Each home is set for completion in May 2019.
Stepnell construction director Bill Haynes said the two facilities would help answer the significant need for high-quality, care home accommodation in Bedfordshire.
“The company brings to these schemes significant specialist expertise in delivering care homes of the highest quality,” said Mr Haynes.
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Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare have been named the best in the country by market analysts Laing & Buisson based on inspection ratings undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
All inspected Gracewell homes, and 96% of all Sunrise communities, have been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC. Sunrise has been ranked top for residential care, and Gracewell has come first for nursing care. Sunrise has also come second for nursing care.
Sunrise Senior Living has 25 communities throughout the UK and Gracewell Healthcare has 20 care homes.
Hartford Care has recently completed its acquisition of Scio Healthcare which operates three nursing homes on the Isle of Wight, consisting of 134 beds with more than 240 staff.
Hartford Care chief executive Sean Gavin said the homes would be supported by Tom Flux, who was joining Hartford Care from Scio as area operations manager.
“We take pride in our long-established history as a family-owned business, and firmly believe our excellent reputation within the care industry has been achieved by remaining the home of choice across the South of England,” said Mr Gavin.
Caring Times, March 2018
Following an independent review of the care sector, the country’s official Consumer Association ‘Which?’ has named Greensleeves Care the best third sector care provider in their February edition. The authoritative guide is entitled “Finding a way through the broken care system” and was published in mid-January.
Greensleeves Care, a national care charity providing residential, dementia and nursing care, is also named the Best Care Provider in two regions; East of England and the South East. The findings are based on the inspection ratings of the care regulator, Care Quality Commission (CQC). 95% of Greensleeves Care’s 20 homes are rated Outstanding or Good, significantly outperforming the CQC’s benchmark data where one in four homes is rated as Requires Improvement or Inadequate.
As a dynamic and growing care charity, Greensleeves Care places a strong emphasis on innovation and quality improvement which … Read More »
Encore Care Homes, who manage three care homes in Dorset and Hampshire, have responded to a recent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on the social care workforce, pointing out that Encore at least is one provider who can demonstrate how much it values its staff.
The NAO report said low rates of pay and workload pressures meant some care services were struggling to recruit new team members but Encore says it offers staff above average wages and a range of shifts which cater to each individual’s lifestyle and commitments.
Encore’s employees receive an hourly rate which is above the national average wage for care workers. Senior healthcare assistants at Encore can earn up to £9.74 an hour depending on NVQ qualifications.
Staff with no NVQ qualification can earn up to £8.05 per hour, which is over the national minimum wage.
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Caring Times, February 2018
Care home nurses from across the South have come together for a team conference focused on learning and the pursuit of clinical excellence.
More than 60 registered general and mental health nurses employed by family-owned Colten Care discussed topics they themselves had put forward for the agenda.
Represented were all 20 of the provider’s homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex, including its five dedicated dementia care settings.
The conference, at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, was designed to celebrate nursing and consolidate professional development and learning through presentations and clinical workshops.
Leading the day were clinical managers Lindsay Rees and Lisa Barnes-Metcalf. Lindsay said: “This was a chance to restate our commitment to invest in nursing despite the recruitment challenges facing the whole healthcare sector.
“It showed that we really do value the contribution that our nurses make and we understand the … Read More »
North East operators Crown Care have announced plans for care villages and care homes throughout the UK.
The company has planning permission in place for three developments with others in the pipeline as the company embarks on major growth plans.
“We pride ourselves on providing thriving homes with a philosophy of care that puts the needs of our residents at the centre of everything we do and how we do it,” said Crown Care director Baldev Ladhar.
“We are investing more than £115m to deliver a nationwide portfolio of care facilities with the focus on the care village model – communities at the heart of the community where they are based.
“Crown Care is investing not simply in new homes but in taking the whole care concept to the next level. The company has attracted some of the leading clinicians and managers from across … Read More »
Financially beleaguered care home operator Four Seasons Health Care has won a commitment from H/2 Capital Partners on behalf of its affiliated investment funds, whereby H/2 will provide up to £70m of funding to help Four Seasons to stabilise operations and ensure continuity of care for residents.
Four Seasons chairman Robbie Barr said the company was very appreciative of H/2’s willingness to consider expanding its already substantial commitment and for the continued support of all parties in pursuit of a consensual agreement.
“Working together to close the facility over the next two to three weeks, we believe that this incremental liquidity and initial steps toward a revised governance structure lay the foundation for a consensual restructuring that benefits all stakeholders, and in particular provide continuity of care for our residents,” said Mr Barr.
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The Abbeyfield Kent Society is now operating under the new name Rapport Housing and Care as an organisation independent of the Abbeyfield Society.
Abbeyfield Kent are recognised as experienced providers of care and housing for older people across the region and have grown exponentially to provide a variety of care options for local older people. Today they operate 14 services accommodating more than 400 residents.
With this growth, Abbeyfield Kent have increasingly taken on additional resources and believe themselves to be in a strong position to manage their local operations and take forward their own strategic plans for growth and development in the local region.
Rapport chief executive Leon Steer said the organisation had plans to meet the sharply increasing numbers of older people and was currently developing extracare schemes in Tonbridge Larkfield and Wateringbury.
“We are a leading housing and care provider in … Read More »