Tag: Culture/Models of care


The stuff of life

Posted on September 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

David Sheard explains why the quality of interior engagement in care homes is so important

Vol 25 No 5 Page 22


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 »


Survey says care homes are challenged in end of life care

Posted on August 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Survey says care homes are challenged in end of life care

A survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes has highlighted the good work they do and identified the key challenges they face.

Commissioned by Public Health England and undertaken by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University, with input from the National Council for Palliative Care and Hospice UK, the survey examined the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.

One hundred and eight specialist palliative care services based in hospices, the community or hospitals were surveyed between November 2016 and January 2017. 90% of those surveyed had been providing services to care homes for 10 years or more. Just over half provided services within one Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area, while 5% covered 5 CCGs. 72% were specifically commissioned to provide palliative care support in care homes, while the other … Read More »


Healthwatch England looks at life in a care home

Posted on August 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Healthwatch England looks at life in a care home

Between January 2016 and April 2017, local Healthwatch staff and volunteers across England visited 197 care homes across 63 different local authority areas, to find out what day-to-day life is really like for many of those living in care homes.

Most of the residents and relatives Healthwatch spoke with considered the care they received to be good, with innovative homes showing what is possible without breaking the bank.

Local Healthwatch representatives saw staff going above and beyond the call of duty to connect with those they care for and really helping them to live their lives – including one activities co-ordinator from Cheshire who arranged for her own wedding reception to take place in the care home she worked at to enable residents to join in with the party.

However, Healthwatch volunteer visitors said they also witnessed homes not getting the basics right … Read More »


Speaker line-up confirmed for Care England Conference 2017

Posted on August 8th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Speaker line-up confirmed for Care England Conference 2017

The speaker line-up has now been finalised for the Care England 2017 conference & exhibition, ‘Shaping Tomorrow’, which will take place at Church

House, Westminster, on Thursday, 16 November.

The programme will begin with a presentation on ‘Sustainable & transformed care using the NHSmail and the IG Toolkit’ to be delivered by Keith Strahan, NHS Digital, principle relationship manager, social care. He will be followed by William Roberts, care home lead, NHS New Care Models Programme, who will cover the Airedale Telehealth Vanguard and its benefits for social care.

Tim Griffiths, assistant director, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, will give an update on the progress of ‘Devo Manc’, the Health & Social Care Integration Pilot in Manchester. And finally an international perspective on care provision will be delivered by Sue Jauncey, the founder of Pulse Australasia. Her presentation, ‘Culture Change. Learning … Read More »


Care records that value the quality of experience

Posted on July 24th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Quality care requires quality records because “if it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen,” say Jackie Pool and Libby Lawrence. They explain their concept of enriched care reporting as an effective method of reflecting the experience of care home residents

Vol 25 No 4 Page 32


A response framework with untruths as last resort

Posted on July 24th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Sometimes the truth causes distress, but is it ever right to lie to a person with dementia? Edward O’Connor, Ian James and Roberta Caiazza describe a practical framework which allows “therapeutic lies” as a last resort

Vol 25 No 4 Page 22


More pride, less prejudice

Posted on May 22nd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Brexit negotiations are getting under way, but how do care workers from abroad feel about it? Sally Knocker spoke to some and found that they often have a unique insight into the experience of dementia. The contributions of a migrant workforce in dementia care should be celebrated, she says.

Vol 25 No 3 May/June 2017 Page 14


Retirement Living properties set to double in value in just over a decade, says JLL

Posted on May 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Retirement Living properties set to double in value in just over a decade, says JLL

Under supply of retirement living accommodation in the mid to upper market tiers and increase in life expectancy is driving strong re-sale and price growth in the retirement living market, according to real estate investment advisors JLL.

Analysis was undertaken by the firm into the performance of properties in the housing with care market, managed by members of the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) over the past 22 years. This form of housing comprises self-contained units with communal facilities and on-site care. It is the fastest growing form of housing in the retirement living sector.

The key finding is that this form of retirement living accommodation tends to follow UK house price growth. Since 1995 the compound growth rate for housing with care has been 6.0%, with an average price difference between sales of just over £41,000. JLL predicts that based on … Read More »


South West education and care specialist secures growth funding

Posted on May 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on South West education and care specialist secures growth funding

Phoenix Learning and Care Group has agreed a £4.5m refinance facility with the Royal Bank of Scotland to support the future growth of the business as it looks to develop new sites across the region.

Established in 2006 and headquartered in Barnstaple, Devon, Phoenix Learning and Care Group is a provider of social and educational needs facilities including primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and related care homes for children and young adults.

A funding package has been structured by the corporate transactions team at the Royal Bank of Scotland which includes refinancing an existing loan, working capital and growth capital finance, which will support Phoenix’s future growth strategy to expand their footprint of schools, colleges and care facilities across the South West.

Following a Management Buyout in 2012 by investment firm Ashridge Capital, the management team of Jonathan Pain, chief executive, … Read More »



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