Tag: Design & Build


Call for all new care homes in England to have sprinkler systems

Posted on June 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Call for all new care homes in England to have sprinkler systems

In the wake of Grenfell towerblock fire, in which about 80 people died, care homes review website carehome.co.uk has called on the Government to make it mandatory for all new build and converted care homes in England to have sprinkler systems.

In Scotland and Wales, all new and converted care homes have to have sprinkler systems. However in England, there is no such legislation.

Davina Ludlow, chair of carehome.co.uk, said the Grenfell Tower fire was an absolute tragedy which must serve as a wake-up call.

“As a sector, we support hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people,” said Mrs Ludlow.

“Many people in care homes have mobility, vision and hearing problems, with some of them bed-bound and evacuating them in the event of a fire is hugely challenging.

“This is why we want all new and converted care homes in England to have the same fire … Read More »


Sanctuary buys three care homes from LNT

Posted on May 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sanctuary buys three care homes from LNT

Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group has purchased three care homes from LNT Care Developments.

he homes, which will be built in Pensby in Merseyside, Nantwich in Cheshire and Devizes in Wiltshire, are ‘turnkey’ properties, which means Sanctuary will take on ownership and management once they are built and fitted out. Their locations have been carefully selected to dovetail with the group’s existing care homes, which are managed by the group’s subsidiary Sanctuary Care.

Sanctuary Care runs 68 homes around the country,most of which are in the midlands and south, serving thousands of residents. The Pensby home will have 60 bedrooms and is due to open in January 2018, the Nantwich home, also 60 beds, is due to open in April 2018 and offering 66 bedrooms, the home in Devizes is due to open in July 2018.

The three new homes will be … Read More »


South Tyneside plans hub to provide integrated care

Posted on August 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on South Tyneside plans hub to provide integrated care

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A £9m facility is to be built in South Tyneside, offering services for older people and their carers and families.

The ‘Integrated Care Services Hub’ will incorporate 80 beds, with around 30 older people living on the site and others accessing beds for short breaks when their carers are on holiday or before going back to live at home.

South Tyneside Council has awarded a contract for the facility to South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust which it says will be the biggest of its kind in the UK. It is expected that construction could start this winter.

The Integrated Care Services Hub will house a range of health and social care services providing support to service users and their families. The site earmarked for the development is at South Tyneside District Hospital although this is subject to planning permission.

A separate entrance … Read More »


Albion Ventures invests £16m in new care homes

Posted on July 10th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off on Albion Ventures invests £16m in new care homes

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Funds managed by Albion Ventures, one of the biggest independent venture capital investors in the UK, have committed up to £16m for the development of two purpose-built residential care homes for elderly people.

The new facilities will be located in Cumnor Hill, Oxford and Hillingdon, Greater London and will cater for a total of 130 elderly residents, providing hotel style accommodation including a bistro, private dining room, library and spa.

Construction on both facilities will start in September and they are scheduled to open in the autumn of 2015. Berkley Care Group, which currently runs three luxury care homes, will operate the two new facilities.

Albion and Berkley have already established a partnership through owning and operating Bayfield Court, a 46-bed purpose-built facility in Chingford, Greater London. The new developments will build on the model established at Bayfield Court by providing … Read More »


Albany gets £48k grant to create a community garden

Posted on April 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, May 2014

An Oxfordshire care home operated by Four Seasons Health Care is creating a community garden designed to unite all generations after being awarded a £48,000 Government-funded grant administered by Oxfordshire County Council.

Albany Care Home’s garden is designed so the elderly people living there will be able to enjoy the outdoors while watching their visiting grand-children play in a safe but exciting playground . The idea was developed after consultation with the residents and their relatives and the care home staff.

The imaginative concept appealed to a panel of assessors, including representatives from Oxfordshire County Council and the Alzheimer’s Society, after completing a questionnaire, interviews and home visits, Albany Care Home was chosen as one of 15 eligible care providers to receive a grant.

The grant originates from the Department of Health, and is part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s … Read More »


Quebec blaze prompts call for sprinklers

Posted on February 25th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, March 2014

Independent fire safety experts have called for all care homes in the UK to install sprinkler fire extinguishing systems in the wake of a recent fire in a Canadian care home.

At least five elderly people were killed after a fire destroyed an old people’s home in Quebec in January.

Safety Management (UK) (SMUK), which has been campaigning for laws to be introduced to make sprinkler systems compulsory in every high rise flat in the country, has now extended the campaign to care homes and says that those which don’t have sprinkler systems already installed should now look at retro-fitting them as a matter of urgency.

It is also urging care managers to immediately review their fire evacuation procedures in the wake of the fatal fire in Canada.

SMUK says that the danger is increased at night-time – when staffing levels … Read More »


Castleoak raises more than £100k for children’s hospice

Posted on January 27th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, February 2014

In a relentless two-year fundraising mission, care development and construction partner Castleoak has raised £100,582.54 for Welsh children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan.

The charity is using the donation to improve the facilities at its hospice near Cardiff. Alison Stallard, business and community fundraiser at Tŷ Hafan, said: “When we first heard of Castleoak’s pledge to raise £100,000 we were blown away. With the economy as it is, it is absolutely phenomenal – and unheard of – for a company with around 160 employees to not only set a goal like this, but to have the determination and commitment to achieve it.”

Castleoak’s head of HR, Andrew Duggan, explains: “Colleagues wanted the company to support the local and wider community more by raising funds for one main charity.

“At our annual conference in 2011 we therefore launched the two-year target for Tŷ … Read More »


Campaign for fire sprinkler sysyems extended to care homes in wake of blaze in Quebec

Posted on January 26th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times Extra, January 2014

Independent fire safety experts have called for all care homes in the UK to install sprinkler fire extinguishing systems in the wake of the Canadian blaze tragedy. At least five elderly Canadians were killed after a fire destroyed an old people’s home in Quebec in January.

Safety Management (UK) (SMUK), which has been campaigning for laws to be introduced to make sprinkler systems compulsory in every high rise flat in the country, has now extended the campaign to care homes and says that those which don’t have sprinkler systems already installed should now look at retro-fitting them as a matter of urgency.

It is also urging care managers to immediately review their fire evacuation procedures in the wake of the fatal fire in Canada. SMUK says that the danger is increased at night-time – when staffing levels are … Read More »


Sign-up now for Care Agenda 2014

Posted on October 28th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, November 2013

Care Agenda, the networking meeting for the care home sector, will take place on 6th February, 2014, at the Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford upon Avon. This will be the eighth consecutive staging of the annual event, now organised solely by Caring Times.

Caring Times editor-in-chief Dr Richard Hawkins said the West Midlands venue had been carefully selcted to provide superb facilities and easy access.

“Senior managers of nursing and residential homes providing elderly care are invited to attend the meeting free of charge, while sector suppliers can attend as sponsors,” said Dr Hawkins.

“The event programme includes a Hot Topics Q&A session and networking opportunities, plus supplier-provider meetings, enabling face-to-face interaction between buyers and suppliers.”

Care Agenda is free to attend for care providers and provides an ideal opportunity to meet and discuss key issues. There is alo the opportunity to … Read More »


Care Show success

Posted on April 26th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, May 2013

Organisers say ‘quality’ was the common theme at this year’s Care Show Bournemouth as nearly 1,600 care home decision-makers attended the sell-out show. Organisers say they visited with serious intent to source a wide array of essential products and services as well as to gain the latest expert advice on industry issues. The show is said to have included:

Quality visitors – which included a 9 per cent increase (over last year’s attendance) in the number of senior staff attending from residential care and nursing homes

Quality products and services – from uniforms to IT solutions and everything in between to suit every budget

Quality industry-leading advice and information in the free education presentations in the Keynote, Business In Care and the new Technology In Care seminar theatres where, for many sessions, it was standing room … Read More »



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