Tag: Equipment & Interiors


Proposals welcomed for the 3rd National Care Homes Congress

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

_Caring Times_ and the_ Journal of Dementia Car_e are delighted to announce that the 3rd Annual National Care Homes Congress will take place from 23rd –  24th June 2010 at the fantastic Clarendon Suites in Birmingham.  

The purpose of the event is to offer management an unique opportunity to get together, network and examine and report on the evidence for what should be happening in care homes.  The Congress benefits from the support of all four of the main provider organisations, ECCA, NCA, NCF and RNHA and is also supported by the West Midlands Care Association.

The Congress, which has been a huge success since its inception in 2008, will be held in Birmingham over two days, starting with two plenaries to which everyone will be invited.  

The plenaries will be followed by four parallel sessions for the rest of the … Read More »


Greater diversity at Care Show

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

A significant number of new exhibitors are adding to the diversity of the Care Show Bournemouth, a major showcase of products and services for care homes for older people.

The event, which runs at the BIC on the 30th – 31st March 2010, is a key opportunity to reach care home owners and operators and brings to light the very latest innovations in the industry.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see demonstrations from Aidcall’s nursecall communication systems, meet representatives from Vision Call, the largest provider of domiciliary eye care in the UK and see an extensive range of laundry equipment from Girbau. Furniture, catering, pharmacy services and mobility are just a few of the care-related product categories at this year’s show.

The broad range of new and existing products and services that will be on show range from Danfloor … Read More »


New provider groups flock to Care Agenda

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

The Care Agenda 2010 meeting (January 27-28th ) is again attracting a diverse and interesting range of care providers, ranging from the majors (such as BUPA) through to emerging and specialist groups, many of which are new to the meeting.

The list includes Kaippans Care, established in 2005 and now with seven homes, and the specialist independent provider Forest Healthcare, providing residential, nursing and dementia services in London and South East England.

Joint event organisers Kingston Bridge Communications and _Caring Times_ believe that a key success driver for the event is that it brings together senior management from many of the UK’s most dynamic care providers.

Organiser Peter Wedderburn said provider feedback is always extremely positive regarding the opportunity to network with peers in other care organisations, and to join in the discussions and conference sessions looking at key sector issues.

Another  good reason … Read More »


Urban care settings

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

Following fact finding trips to Europe & the USA, DAVID HUGHES, senior partner of Altrincham based architects, Pozzoni LLP, has been intrigued by the contrasts and similarities between the facilities currently being specifically designed for older people, particularly in the middle of cities.

Older people can enjoy and benefit greatly from living in a secure environment within easy reach of existing town centre facilities. Providers can also find it relatively easier to recruit suitable carers in dense, urban environments.

Examples of specialised city centre schemes are limited in the UK and Europe. The greatest concentrations, in the Netherlands, tend, like ours, to be adaptations of previous flat developments. Some of these, like the Humanitas in Rotterdam, are excellent examples and should be visited.

The Acropolis ‘Apartments for Life’ in Rotterdam is one of nine separate schemes run by the Humanitas Foundation. The scheme … Read More »


The future of residential care

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

As new models of care begin to develop, JEF SMITH plays devil’s advocate and asks where the care home sector is headed

When Dr Clive Bowman, BUPA Care Services’ medical director, spoke at the annual Counsel and Care conference in February, he gave his address the provocative title Care homes: providing more solutions than problems. He did not unambiguously condemn homes as dysfunctional – he works after all for a company with a major investment in the industry – but his candid exploration of some of the downsides of residential care echoed many more radical critics. By contrast, Professor Roger Clough, who has spent much of his adult life on research into homes, has been so upset by their declining reputation that he recently set up a project specifically to explore why many residents claim to be very happy.


An abundance of ideas and energy

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

By Vivianne Crossman, activities organiser Bracknell care home, Berkshire

About seven months ago a new manager was appointed to Bracknell care home in Bracknell, operated by Four Seasons Healthcare, and in that time she has brought about changes that help and inspire its residents to a more fruitful quality of life.

Natsayi Dunira has made it possible to bring new ideas for helping residents to fulfil their potential.

Together with a supportive staff, those who l


A proactive approach to protection

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

By JON HILL, director of sales, Mirasys UK

There is a huge need for effective security around the healthcare sector. In care homes, theft and patient tracking are among the chief concerns for management, and CCTV can go some way to address all of these.

For care homes operating on tight budgets, CCTV systems must pay for themselves. Due to competing pressures on so few staff, there is often little time allocated to proactive security matters. When evaluating the pros and cons of CCTV, users must consider how the system can benefit the care home relative to its initial and ongoing costs. In this sens


Premier networking event returns to East Grinstead

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

Care Agenda 2010

The fifth in the annual series of Care Agenda meetings takes place on 27-28th January 2010 at the Felbridge Hotel & Spa in West Sussex. The organisers are currently working on the line-up of speakers and meetings, but are confident of providing the usual high quality programme.

Care Agenda is a joint venture between the organisers Kingston Bridge Communications and Caring Times. This combination of experience has a number of benefits in terms of resources and marketing, and allows Care Agenda to tap into the excellent contacts which 


Elizabeth Finn cries foul over Formula One rule

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

Care provider Elizabeth Finn Care, along with The Mobility Bureau, have appealed for common sense as the European Union is set to make law a reclassification Regulation, which will see the EU’s Customs Code Committee classify a mobility scooter in the same league as a Formula 1 racing car.

The move means that EU member states will have to impose a 10% import tax on the mobility scooters, a tax that many businesses will have to pass on to disabled consumers, who are among the poorest in society.


Care Show to launch at London’s Olympia

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Care Show London, will open its doors at Olympia for the first time on the 7th and 8th October.

Exhibitors will offer a broad range of services and products and the event will draw on the success of the Care Show Birmingham and Care Show Bournemouth by using a similar format including free entry. A significant feature of each Care Show is the seminar theatre where visitors can hear key industry speakers address a range of topical issues concerning the sector.



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