Tag: Corporate


Capital Care refinances

Posted on October 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Capital Care refinances

Capital Care Group has acquired the 47-bed Anville Court care home in Wolverhampton, adding it to its four homes in Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Shropshire and Worcestershire, with a £10.2m refinancing package, secured by law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys.


Adelphi acquired by Regard

Posted on October 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Adelphi acquired by Regard

Adelphi Care Services, which provides services to adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour, has become part of the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest specialist care provider.

Adelphi had previously operated three specialist care homes in Shrewsbury. More than 60 people attended a special event in September, marking the end of an era as Adelphi farewelled its founders, Joe and Annette Kwaterski, who have retired, and for Regard to formally welcome Adelphi into their group.

Guests included service users, family members and staff. Kim Walshaw, area service manager, said Regard had handled the transfer of Adelphi to Regard with care and kindness.

“The values of Regard appear to be the same as Adelphi, in that the needs of the service user are at the centre of everything we do, and we’re committed to delivering high-quality services,” said Ms Walshaw.


Tackling loneliness

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Tackling loneliness

Caring Times, October 2017

Two care homes in Norfolk have launched new services to encourage older members of the community to join their staff and residents for activities, entertainment and meals.

Olive House in Newton Flotman and Bilney Hall near Dereham are offering day care services and ‘friendship lunches’ and are encouraging anyone to attend.

The homes, part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provide residential services, including specialist dementia care and are looking to widen the reach of their care expertise to help even more people. Recent statistics show that almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely and more than half of those have never spoken to anyone about how they feel.

The day care services give individuals access to the communal areas at the homes throughout the day, with food and drink also provided, and friendship lunches offer a free … Read More »


Balhousie Group refinances

Posted on October 4th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Balhousie Group refinances

Scottish provider Balhousie Care Group has negotiated a £49m refinancing deal with two banks. Coutts are lending on most of Balhousie’s elderly care portfolio while Triodos, an ethical

bank, is supporting its specialist care division.

Chairman Tony Banks, who founded Balhousie 25 years ago, said the last few years had been very challenging for the group.

“Like many other organisations in the care sector, we’ve been under enormous financial pressure,” said Mr Banks.

“Of course, we wholeheartedly support the improved pay and conditions for our people and the increases in minimum and living wage. As yet, however, there has not been a commensurate increase in public funded support and that has made it tough across the board.

“But, there must be something in the water in this region that gives us a granite resolution in the face of challenge. The refinance deal provides us with … Read More »


Barchester celebrates 25th anniversary

Posted on September 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Barchester celebrates 25th anniversary

One of the biggest care providers in the UK, Barchester Healthcare is celebrating 25 years since it was founded.

When entrepreneur Mike Parsons purchased Moreton Hill in the Cotswolds in 1992, his aim was to start a care home provider capable of delivering high-quality care in luxurious surroundings, and work began to transform a derelict, 17th Century listed farmhouse into the first ever Barchester home.

Barchester’s chief executive Dr Pete Calveley said the company had grown rapidly over the last 25 years and is now one of the UK’s leading care home providers in terms of both size and quality ratings. Barchester now runs 201 care homes across the UK, seven independent hospitals and currently has the leading quality ratings among all the large providers running services in England.

“The values set out in those earlier days, remain at the heart of this … Read More »


Families angered by regulator’s refusal to review rating

Posted on September 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Families angered by regulator’s refusal to review rating

A group of residents’ families have come out in support of a Shropshire care operator after it lost its appeal to have its rating reviewed by

the industry regulator.

Family members of residents at the Uplands care home, in Shrewsbury, are backing its owner, Marches Care, after it appealed against the ‘good’ rating given by the Care Quality Commission.

Marches Care says the process by which the rating was given was flawed and “grossly unfair”, and it was on those grounds, rather than the rating itself, that the operator had appealed.

“We are outraged because we can’t see how it is possible to provide better care than that which our loved ones receive at the Uplands,” said Jill Wellings, whose husband Dick has been at the Uplands for five years.

“I worked for 37 years in general practice and investigated a lot of homes before … Read More »


Voyage acquires Focused Healthcare

Posted on September 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Voyage acquires Focused Healthcare

Specialist care provider Voyage Care has acquired Focused Healthcare Ltd (FHL), which provides care services to children and young people with complex, acute and chronic illnesses. Based in London, FHL was set up in 2009 by paediatric nurse Nicki Nicholls who will continue to manage day-to-day operations at FHL as managing director.

FHL and Voyage Care provide complementary specialist care and support services, with FHL focusing on providing specialist care to children and Voyage Care predominantly supporting adults.


HC-One buys 122 care homes from Bupa

Posted on August 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on HC-One buys 122 care homes from Bupa

Major care home provider HC-One has, subject to regulatory approval, acquired 122 care homes from Bupa in a deal totalling about £300m.

Bupa will keep around 150 care homes and six Richmond Villages caring for more than 9,000 residents, with a further four care homes and two retirement villages under construction.

Bupa UK chief executive David Hynam said Pupa would remain one of the main providers of residential care in the UK, and a major investor in the sector.

“This move enables us to focus our investment to continue to provide high quality care for our residents, both now and in the future,” said Mr Hynam.

“This year, Bupa will invest more than £120m into refurbishing existing homes and building new care homes and retirement villages.

“Bupa and HC-One have a shared commitment to excellence in care. We will work together over the coming months … Read More »


Norfolk care homes launch community initiatives in an effort to tackle loneliness

Posted on August 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Norfolk care homes launch community initiatives in an effort to tackle loneliness

Two care homes in Norfolk have launched new services to encourage older members of the community to join their staff and residents for activities, entertainment and meals. Olive House in Newton Flotman and Bilney Hall near Dereham offer day care services and ‘friendship lunches’ and are encouraging anyone to attend.

The homes, which are part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provide residential services, including specialist dementia care and are looking to widen the reach of their care expertise to help more people. The day care services give individuals access to the communal areas at the homes throughout the day, with food and drink also provided, and friendship lunches offer a free opportunity to come and enjoy lunch at the homes, socialising with residents and taking part in the day’s activities.

Lisa Brown, regional manager (Norfolk) for Healthcare Homes, said full assessments could … Read More »


Stimulating activities promote brain health

Posted on August 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Stimulating activities promote brain health

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 »



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