Barchester celebrates 25th anniversary

Posted on September 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Barchester celebrates 25th anniversary

One of the biggest care providers in the UK, Barchester Healthcare is celebrating 25 years since it was founded.

When entrepreneur Mike Parsons purchased Moreton Hill in the Cotswolds in 1992, his aim was to start a care home provider capable of delivering high-quality care in luxurious surroundings, and work began to transform a derelict, 17th Century listed farmhouse into the first ever Barchester home.

Barchester’s chief executive Dr Pete Calveley said the company had grown rapidly over the last 25 years and is now one of the UK’s leading care home providers in terms of both size and quality ratings. Barchester now runs 201 care homes across the UK, seven independent hospitals and currently has the leading quality ratings among all the large providers running services in England.

“The values set out in those earlier days, remain at the heart of this … Read More »


Campaign launch to improve family access to care homes

Posted on September 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Campaign launch to improve family access to care homes

A campaign supporting the rights of families to visit at any time and help with care to those living with dementia in care homes is to be launched on Tuesday, October 24th.

Originally introduced to hospitals, John’s Campaign was set up by Nicci Gerrard and her friend Julia Jones, after the death of Nicci’s father John following a catastrophic hospital stay.

The campaign upholds family values and expects dignity in care and is fully supported by Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society and many other organisations.

This project now welcomes care homes to join – supported by Care England and the Care Quality Commission. Maggie Candy, regional manager for Guide Total Care Group, which has taken up John’s Campaign, said it was particularly applicable to care homes.

“This ethos fits in with all personalisation including ‘End of Care’ and Gold Standards thinking,” said Ms Candy.

Guide at Sandon, a … Read More »


Families angered by regulator’s refusal to review rating

Posted on September 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Families angered by regulator’s refusal to review rating

A group of residents’ families have come out in support of a Shropshire care operator after it lost its appeal to have its rating reviewed by

the industry regulator.

Family members of residents at the Uplands care home, in Shrewsbury, are backing its owner, Marches Care, after it appealed against the ‘good’ rating given by the Care Quality Commission.

Marches Care says the process by which the rating was given was flawed and “grossly unfair”, and it was on those grounds, rather than the rating itself, that the operator had appealed.

“We are outraged because we can’t see how it is possible to provide better care than that which our loved ones receive at the Uplands,” said Jill Wellings, whose husband Dick has been at the Uplands for five years.

“I worked for 37 years in general practice and investigated a lot of homes before … Read More »


Wales puts social care in top rank of priorities

Posted on September 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Wales puts social care in top rank of priorities

A decision by the Welsh Government to include social care as one of five key priority areas for its new economic strategy has been hailed

as a “potential game-changer” for the sector.

The five priorty areas identified by the Welsh Government under its ‘Prosperity for All’ strategy are early years, housing, social care, mental health and skills and employability.

According to provider representative body Care Forum Wales, independent care homes and domiciliary care companies are now getting the recognition they deserve for the £3bn-a-year contribution they help make to the economy and to communities across Wales.

The announcement by First Minister Carwyn Jones was welcomed by the organisation’s chairman, Mario Kreft. It was, he said, a particularly timely boost when a number of care homes and homecare companies were having to close or give up their contracts because they were not financially viable.

“In Wales … Read More »


Equality & Human Rights – got them sorted?

Posted on September 25th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 1 Comment

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Safe, Responsive, Caring, Effective and Well-led – the regulator’s ‘Key Lines Of Enquiry’ (KLOEs) cover it all, wouldn’t you think?

Apparently they don’t. Apparently, anyone who aspires to the provision of social care must now give heed to Equality and Human Rights (their capitals, not mine).

Into this acronym-plagued milieu, I’ll throw in another; the time-honoured KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Social care regulation has evolved layers of such Byzantine complexity that we have come to where one piece of regulation may easily find itself in conflict with another. Providers have given me many examples of this but I must try to keep this blog short. However, take risk; on one hand there is plenty of regulatory guidance which encourages risk-taking (it’s in the human rights guidance), and an equally plentiful supply of sanctions for those who … Read More »


Practicality meets comfort at Tudor Lodge Retirement Facility

Posted on September 22nd, by jacob in Caring Times, Sponsored post. No Comments

Tudor Lodge, a development of 30, one and two bedroom, purpose-built retirement apartments based in Solihull, in the West Midlands, has upgraded the carpet in its communal areas with Total Care, from Heckmondwike.

The existing carpet at Tudor Lodge had been in situ since the facility was built in 2008. Tudor Lodge is managed by retirement specialist Millstream Management Services, with Lodge Manager Diane Bennett responsible for all ongoing service and maintenance of the development. Diane undertook a period of consultation with residents, starting in 2016, to gather opinion on a refresh of all communal areas at Tudor Lodge.

Diane remarked: “The time had come for an upgrade of internal decoration of the Lodge’s communal areas; the existing carpet had been installed when Tudor Lodge was built and although in good condition, wear and tear was becoming an issue from an aesthetic … Read More »


‘People willing to pay more tax to fund social care’ says FCC report

Posted on September 19th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on ‘People willing to pay more tax to fund social care’ says FCC report

Caring Times, November 2017

A UK-wide poll commissioned by the charity Future Care Capital (FCC) has found that most people support income tax rises to increase funding available for adult social care.

A key finding was that most of those questioned said people should be required to plan ahead – 67% agree that people should be required to plan and prepare financially for later life, whilst 49% agree that they should be required to plan and prepare financially for adult social care services they might require later in life.

The charity has also commissioned a UK-wide poll through Ipsos MORI to gauge public opinion about preparing for and managing future care needs.

FCC chief executive Dean James said public attitudes about adult social care were changing

“Our poll shows that the public are willing to contribute more through tax to increase funding available for adult … Read More »


Editoral Comment

Posted on September 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

by Paola Barbarino

Vol 25 No 5 Page 5


Mnemonic techniques: how to CEASE stress and distress

Posted on September 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Fionnuala Edgar describes how using different methods of teaching and learning – experiential learning and simplifying key concepts – had the potential to bring about practice change in a way that had not been achieved previously

Vol 25 No 5 Page 32


Living with PCA: ‘just take everything day by day’

Posted on September 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Nazneen Bamji and Christina Maciejewski discuss the rare form of dementia known as posterior cortical atrophy (PCA). They draw on the experience of Linda Hall, who was diagnosed by Cardiff memory team at the age of 59

Vol 25 No 5 Page 30



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