Tag: Culture/Models of care


Colne supported living scheme gets under way

Posted on November 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Colne supported living scheme gets under way

Work has begun on a £1.6m supported living development in Colne, Lancashire.

Due for completion in Spring 2018, the three storey scheme will provide 11 apartments alongside communal areas and landscaped gardens specially designed for adults with a range of support needs.

New residents will receive a tenancy agreement and there is no limit to how long people can live there.

The development, a three-way partnership project between Making Space, a national charity and leading provider of health and social care services, specialist accommodation developer Homelife and health and social care landlord Inclusion Housing, is intended to enable adults with a range of support needs to live as independently as possible, with support from an on-site care team.


Windsor retirement village goes to extra lengths in fire safety

Posted on October 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Windsor retirement village goes to extra lengths in fire safety

Castle Retirement Living is putting in place a fire safety system and strategy which exceeds all legal requirements at its flagship Castle View Windsor retirement village development.

Due for completion in October 2018, the new urban retirement village in the heart of Windsor will have a multi-faceted, fire safety strategy to ensure resident welfare goes beyond legal requirements, giving greater protection for the 63 homes for the over 55s including 12 one-bedroom, 43 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom apartments, together with an additional 72-bed care home.

Fire prevention investment includes installing automatic sprinklers in all corridors, in addition to smoke and heat detectors in each apartment, all linked to a central fire detection centre with 24-hour managed attendance in all buildings.

Castle View Windsor has also been built with a more expensive concrete frame across its structure for greater fire resistance, while fire resistant … Read More »


Healthwatch looks at life in a care home

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Healthwatch looks at life in a care home

Caring Times, October 2017

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.

The Healthwatch report outlines key next steps for care homes, how feedback can be used to identify a whole host of small, low cost changes that ensure all residents feel ‘at home’.

The majority of 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 … Read More »


Care professionals: masters of the bottom-up solution

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care professionals: masters of the bottom-up solution

‘Pioneers of social care’ was how Dr Claire Royston described the care professionals who attended the Best Practice conference in Birmingham on September 20.

Organised by Caring Times and sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care, the event brought together dozens of examples of forward-thinking and best practice from care homes across the country.

In her keynote address Dr Royston, who is group medical director for Four Seasons, said care homes needed to raise awareness of the many initiatives being taken to improve the lifes of elderly people and those with special needs.

“There are wonderful things happening in the sector but we don’t always shout about it,” said Dr Royston.

“It is a huge problem that many in the NHS feel that only they have the answers and that they need to tell the care sector what to do.

“We are all pioneers and it … Read More »


Children’s nursery opens on care home campus

Posted on October 3rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Children’s nursery opens on care home campus

South London nursery Apples and Honey Nightingale has opened its doors to its first intake of children on-site at Nightingale House care home in South London.

The project integrates both older residents and children into the delivery of the nursery curriculum. Meaningful intergenerational activity is at the heart of the nursery, with daily activities planned between elderly care residents and nursery children.

The first week’s programme included making soup harvested from the vegetables planted by residents and children at the nursery launch, painting alphabet tiles together, designed by 89 year old resident Walter Goldstein.

Every week now, residents will visit the nursery and children will interact with the care home, making maximum use of the whole campus. Diverse activities will be led both by nursery and Nightingale Hammerson staff, all of which are designed to deliver an early years curriculum based on the … Read More »


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 »



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