Tag: Design


Research finds care home design isn’t depressing – providing you can get outside

Posted on June 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Research finds care home design isn’t depressing – providing you can get outside

With about 40% of residents in UK care homes having significant depressive symptoms, researchers have questioned whether the design of the physical environment of homes could be contributing to the problem, and how this could be addressed.

New research led by the University of Warwick has found that although the physical environment alone is unlikely to negatively affect the mood of residents, poor access to gardens and outdoor spaces could. Procedural, staffing and physical barriers can prevent older people using outdoor spaces and the researchers at Warwick Medical School and WMG at the University of Warwick have found that access to the outdoors is significantly associated with depressive symptoms.

There has been a growing interest in the role of the physical environment on health. An early study found that hospital patients residing in rooms with windows looking at a natural scene had … Read More »


Bedrails – a risk-laden remedy

Posted on September 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Bedrails – a risk-laden remedy

DAVID EDWARDS,associate solicitor and head of the healthcare and regulatory teams at Harrison Drury Solicitors looks at a recent case involving BUPA Care Homes.

01772 258321 david.edwards@harrison-drury.com

In May this, Bupa Care Homes (CFC Homes) Ltd were brought before Carlisle Magistrates Court by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in consequence of an incident involving bedrails in which a resident died at one the company’s care homes. Bupa was fined £400,000 with costs of £15,206.

The Court found that the company had failed to ensure that the resident’s bedrail assessment was suitable and sufficient, or that staff were adequately trained in bedrail risk assessments. They Court said reviews of bedrail assessment should have identified further measures to prevent the risk of falls, but staff who carried out the initial assessment and reviews were not adequately trained. It also found that measures identified to protect … Read More »


World accolade for Bodlondeb

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

Caring Times, February 2014

A pioneering care organisation has won an international award.

Wrexham-based Pendine Park was recognised for the most outstanding dementia care innovation in the world in 2013. The honour was bestowed at the Globals, an international awards ceremony organised by the influential Over 50s Housing group.

The glittering occasion at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London was attended by the best of social care organisations from around the world, from as far afield as New Zealand and Canada. The judges praised Bodlondeb, Pendine Park’s centre of excellence for dementia and mental health care, that was officially opened by First Minister Carwyn Jones who hailed it as a “pioneering model of care”.

They were particularly impressed with the way in which it was run within the constraints of public sector funding and how the arts were used to enrich residents’ lives. Pendine … 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 »


It ain’t necessarily so – Should we ever hear call bells in care homes?

Posted on April 6th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

 with JOHN BURTON

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What’s the purpose of a call bell system? Is it for summoning help or is it only for emergencies? Years ago “nurse call” systems were “hard wired”; in other words they had to be installed and wired-in with fixed call points and an indicator board that showed where the alarm had been sounded. Most systems required staff to go to the room where it was sounded in order to cancel it. Some of these old systems survive but it’s a long time since such were the only ones available.

Modern systems are wireless and can be endlessly ingenious and adaptable, and the audible alarm can be switched off just like a mobile phone. It’s no longer essential to have a big board and loud bells, buzzers or screeching noises, so why are they still an unpleasantly institutional feature of … Read More »


Castleoak has a busy building schedule but remains cautious about the future

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care sector construction specialist Castleoak has reported an ‘encouragingly intense’ September, with no fewer than five starts-on-site for four customers within just a couple of weeks. The £35m worth of contracts span extracare, care home reprovisioning and both development and design and build contracts.

Castleoak, which operates exclusively in the care sector, has started work on two extracare projects for Saxon Weald Housing Association, of 57 apartments at Leggyfield Court in Horsham, where residents will remain on site throughout, plus a 65-apartment scheme at Brighton Hill in Basingstoke.

Work has also begun for longstanding client, MHA, on a 45-apartment extracare scheme on the former site of a care home in Leeds. Castleoak has also started work on its turnkey sale development of a 70-bed care home in its first development for Quantum Care.

The latest project to start combines a … Read More »


BCP scheduled to complete Rotherham nursing home

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Yorkshire based construction company Building Construction Partnership Ltd (BCP) is close to the completion of a new 60-bed nursing home for Rotherham Health Care at Moorgate, in a project that has been financed through the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

BCP is a national construction company which provide a wide range of building and associated construction services to a varied client base in the healthcare and commercial sectors, including residential care home development and nursing home construction. The company has previously completed the build of 25 specialist nursing and residential care homes. Including Rotherham, the company currently has a further two schemes under construction with four schemes at an advanced design stage. They undertake projects nationwide.

The Moorgate scheme is due to complete five weeks early, with the keys handed over to Rotherham Healthcare on 20th October. RBS has provided … Read More »


Alice characters celebrate reopening

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Residents, staff and friends of Bupa’s Maypole Nursing Centre in Southampton stepped into the world of Alice in Wonderland to celebrate the reopening of the care home following a £442,000 refurbishment.

Staff and children from local Shamblehurst School dressed up as characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to celebrate the end of refurbishments to the home which has left it looking almost unrecognisable. Changes include, painting of the entire interior of the home and landscaping of the garden with the addition of a summer house.

Care home manager, Nikki Simpson said a large number of facilities had been revamped, including every bedroom being kitted-out with new furniture, curtains, fittings, and flat screen televisions.

‘With the home looking as fantastic as it does I know that the residents and employees were keen to show it off to the local community,’ … Read More »


Affordable enhancements to dementia care environments

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By DAVID DUCKWORTH, senior divisional director, Scurr & Partners

The future of dementia care is debated in considerable detail around the country, indeed across the globe, at conferences, in journals and magazines, within government, care organisations, care providers and care associations. Much of this debate focuses on the quality of the environment and its impact on the care for residents with dementia. However most current debate around these areas is based on the premise that new accommodation will be provided.

What can be done with the current supply of nursing and caring environments that provide accommodation for residents with dementia? Are they to be written off as historic failures that need to be effectively bulldozed and replaced? In the current economic climate can we afford the loss of accommodation without sight of the finance for replacement? Maybe we need to spend … Read More »


Provider fined for felling trees

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care provider Black Swan International has been fined £8,000 after  four trees were cut down without permission at a residential home it  runs in Norwich.

At a hearing before Norwich magistrates, the company admitted it had illegally felled the four mature hornbeam trees at the home in the Heathcote area of the city.

The court heard that even though the trees were not the subject of a tree preservation order they were in a conservation area and should not have been cut down without permission.

In mitigation defence lawyer Tim Carey said the company, which runs 10 homes in Norfolk and Essex, always took care to comply with  regulations but in this case had been unaware that council permission needed to be obtained.

It was  added that the company, which took over the home in 2007 and had carried out £80,000 of improvements, had not acted for financial gain, … Read More »



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