Tag: Culture/Models of care


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 »


What is truth? Dilemmas when two realities meet

Posted on March 13th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Should we always tell people with dementia the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Graham Stokes and Antonis Kousoulis report on the findings of an inquiry set up to find some answers

Vol 25 No 2 Page 24


Danshell redevelops Cedar Vale independent hospital

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Danshell redevelops Cedar Vale independent hospital

Caring Times, February 2017

The Danshell Group has made a significant investment in Cedar Vale independent hospital in Nottingham.

The hospital in East Bridgford provides care and treatment for men living with autism, a learning disability and associated challenging behaviours.

Promoting an individual’s independence is very important at Cedar Vale. The aim of the refurbishment and reconfiguration is to further enable the service team to support service users to develop independent living skills by creating three separate care pathways within the hospital.

The hospital has been re-developed into a five bed, six bed and a three bed bespoke service, each aimed at giving individuals an environment that will support them for moving on to more independent living. People will be able to build on their self-care and daily living skills at the new skills kitchens, where they can plan and cook meals for themselves … Read More »


Care homes should have clear policies on pets

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care homes should have clear policies on pets

The chief executive of a Shropshire not-for-profit care provider Coverage Care has welcomed a call for more residential homes to implement a pet policy to make the transition into care an easier process for older people.

David Coull says he supported the campaign by the charity Blue Cross for all care homes for elderly people to have a specific pet policy. Blue Cross says its research found that 40% of UK care homes claim to be ‘pet friendly’ but, in practice, this often isn’t clear or consistent. The charity wants care homes to be clear on where they stand regarding residents keeping their pets and the responsibility of residents living with their pet in the home.

Mr Coull said a transparent policy would make moving into care easier for people who don’t want to part with their pets.

“Moving into care is a … Read More »


Uniforms: the first and final frontier in dementia care

Posted on November 21st, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Are uniforms really important in care homes? Sally Knocker says that getting rid of uniforms is an essential part of culture change

Vol 24 No 6 Pages 16-17


Sense launches new housing services strategy

Posted on October 26th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Sense launches new housing services strategy

Caring Times, November 2016

The national disability charity, Sense, has launched its new strategy for delivering housing services, designed to enable more people with complex needs to live independently. It happened on the same day the charity unveils a “refreshed” brand identity, including a new logo and strapline, to reflect the breadth of the people it now supports. The charity hopes the changes will help it to achieve the ambitious goals set out in its three-year strategy launched earlier in the year.

 Sense has announced that it’s adopting a new approach to delivering accommodation services. Cost-effective supported living schemes, designed in conjunction with commissioners, families and service users, will be developed in key-priority areas across the country over the next few years. Sense’s expertise in communication will remain at the heart of its service delivery, with staff trained to know the right methods to … Read More »


Elaine steps out at Birch Green

Posted on October 26th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Elaine steps out at Birch Green

Caring Times, November 2016

Care worker Elaine Philpott decided to try using the pedometer offered by her employers – and found herself walking nearly 90 miles in the first week.

Domestic assistant Elaine, who works for Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale – part of the Springhill Care Group – was surprised to find that she had covered more than 23,000 steps in one day. This was more than double the NHS 10,000 steps-a-day challenge or five miles which is also running nationally.

The group – with two homes in Lancashire and one in Bristol – handed out pedometers to all of its 400-plus staff to encourage them to take an interest in their fitness levels as part of its Caring Heroes initiative. In the first week alone, Elaine made 178,000 steps, equivalent to almost 90 miles and averaging more than 17,000 steps per day … Read More »


Hill Care works with National Citizenship Service to enhance residents’ lives

Posted on September 26th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Hill Care works with National Citizenship Service to enhance residents’ lives

Caring Times, October 2016

Care home operator Hill Care continues to work closely with local National Citizenship Service (NCS) groups whereby young volunteers aged 15-17 are having a huge impact on the lives of elderly residents and the partnerships are working exceptionally well.

Recently, Middlesbrough Football Club NCS spent a week at Mandale House in Stockton, as part of their social action project. “We have a great relationship with the Middlesbrough FC NCS group, as they visit several of our Teesside homes throughout the year,” said Hill Care customers relations officer Liz Jones.

Hill Care operates 18 care homes across the North of England.



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