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Maritime care home receives technology grant

Posted on May 11th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Maritime care home receives technology grant

Caring Times, May 2018

The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society has launched an innovative therapy programme at its Banstead home after winning a £5,000 grant to fund new technology.

The Society will use the Santander Foundation Discovery Grant to purchase five new iPads to aid resident activities at the Society’s care home, Belvedere House.

The iPads will be used for activities including the home’s new Music Therapy Programme run by its team of 30 volunteers.

Staff will be able to teach the elderly residents how to utilise new technology including how to send emails, listen to music and take photos using the iPads.

This will enable residents to feel comfortable with current technologies and communicate with their relatives and friends outside of the home.

The Royal Navy Association (RNA) has also donated several iPads to the Society as part of Project Semaphore to improve communication for the … Read More »


Target funds two new builds

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Caring Times, May 2018

UK-based Target Healthcare REIT has agreed contracts to buy and fund two new care homes.

At the end of last year Target had 49 care homes, having made five acquisitions during the year, with a further property under development, giving a total market value of £334.9m (June 2017: £282m).

Target has agreed a £15.6m deal to buy and fund a 68-bed care home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, to be operated by Rotherwood Healthcare, and a 74-bed facility in Preston, Lancashire, to be let to L&M Healthcare.

The Shropshire home will replace an existing 45-bed home, being one of six care homes operated by Rotherwood Healthcare.

The Preston care home will become the fifth site operated by L&M Healthcare across the North West of England. Both operators will be new tenants to Target Healthcare.

Both homes are scheduled to open during 2019.


£100,000 boost for Abbeyfield Ferring as Careways Trust winds up

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Caring Times, May 2018

A Sussex society providing specialist residential and home care for elderly people has received an unexpected £100,000 windfall.

Abbeyfield Ferring Society was presented with the substantial donation following the solvent liquidation of care home and sheltered accommodation provider Careways Trust by accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson.

The society, part of the international Abbeyfield network, runs the Cornwall House residential home and the Old School House supported living in the village of Ferring, near Worthing, as well as supporting older people in their own homes.

The donation – from surplus money held by the trust after all creditors had been paid in full – is funding a new kitchen and revamped garden area at Old School House. Not-for-profit Abbeyfield Ferring was chosen to receive the windfall because it is based in Sussex, the county where Careways’ own … Read More »


Regard ramps-up drive to recycle more with 50% waste reduction target

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Caring Times, May 2018

One of the UK’s largest private care providers has launched an initiative to recycle half of the waste it produces.

The Regard Group, which provides supported living, residential and day services for people with learning difficulties and mental health needs, is hoping to increase recycling by 50% in 6 months.

“In the past we used different bin providers across the country,” said Regard’s building compliance officer, Stuart Cockle, who heads the efficiency drive.

“We are now able to rationalise this by going through one central procurement point.”

Regard is working with national waste management company UKWSL who took over all bin collections at the group’s residential care homes, offices and some supported living services in January.

“UKWSL will be auditing the sites to confirm what, and how much, is being thrown away,” added Stuart.

“They will then analyse the waste amount based on … Read More »


Government allocates an extra £40m for dementia research

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Caring Times, May 2018

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has hailed the announcement of £40m capital funding for the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI), as well as a £300m boost for the Ageing Society Grand Challenge that forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

“This investment is an important boost to what is now the country’s biggest joint endeavour in dementia research,” said Alzheimer’s Research UK chief executive Hilary Evans.

“The essential research happening at the UK DRI has the potential to transform our understanding of dementia and as a founding partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to see this additional support.

“It’s encouraging to see the commitment to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge: early diagnosis of diseases could revolutionise the way we treat dementia, for example, where we now know the underlying diseases begin to develop 15-20 years before … Read More »


Funded nursing care increase inadequate, says Care England

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Caring Times, April 2018

Provider representatibe body Care England has expressed disappointment that the rate of NHS Funded Nursing Care increase announced for 2018/19 of 2% will not meet the huge pressure being felt in the nursing home sector.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said: “Whilst we recognise and welcome that this is an increase in the rate it does not address the current cost pressures for nursing in our sector. What we need to be clear on is that the cost of the rising dependency of nursing needs of residents exceeds the proposed rate rise. The shortage of nurses – over which we have no control – means that recruiting nurses is a costly challenge along with increasing agency costs associated with rising nurse vacancies.

“The cost of employing nurses is rising with auto pension enrolment and other staff costs … Read More »


Independent assessor awards five stars to Lancashire homes

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Caring Times, April 2018

Eight Lancashire care homes have been awarded 5 stars in the latest round of independent assessments carried out by RDB Star Rating, the leading independently accredited ‘quality’ assessment company.

Star Rating managing director Sue Brand said “I would like to congratulate the Lancashire homes that have achieved this prestigious 5 Star Award. This demonstrates that they are providing an excellent standard of care and services and a real commitment to quality”.

Janet Farrington the Registered Manager at Moor Park House, who has participated in the scheme for the past 9 years commented, “I feel that the RDB inspection is a helpful tool to judge your service against. It explores the key elements of care and quality within the home.

“The inspector we had was very professional and his approach made everyone he spoke to feel at ease. His findings about … Read More »


NICE issues guideline for good practice in adult social care

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Caring Times, April 2018

NICE has launched a new guideline on People’s experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services.

The guideline covers good practice in the care and support of all adults who use services and aims to improve their experience of services.

People who use services were involved in the development of the guideline and the recommendations are based on what they consider to be important in their care and support.

The guideline can be viewed on the NICE website: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng86


Sunrise & Gracewell at the top of CQC national rankings

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Caring Times, April 2018

Residents and team members at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare are celebrating after the care home providers were named the best in the country by Market Analysts Laing & Buisson based on inspection ratings undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

100% of all inspected Gracewell homes, and 96% of all Sunrise communities, have been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, demonstrating the exceptional standard of care offered by the providers across the country.

Sunrise has been ranked top for residential care*, and Gracewell has come first for nursing care**. Sunrise has also come second for nursing care.

The CQC is the independent regulator of all health and care services in the UK. The rankings demonstrate the success of Sunrise and Gracewell’s resident-centred approach to care, which ensures residents lead happy, fulfilled lives.

Sunrise and Gracewell’s personalised approach … Read More »


Which? names Greensleeves Care as best third sector provider

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Caring Times, March 2018

Following an independent review of the care sector, the country’s official Consumer Association ‘Which?’ has named Greensleeves Care the best third sector care provider in their February edition. The authoritative guide is entitled “Finding a way through the broken care system” and was published in mid-January.

Greensleeves Care, a national care charity providing residential, dementia and nursing care, is also named the Best Care Provider in two regions; East of England and the South East. The findings are based on the inspection ratings of the care regulator, Care Quality Commission (CQC). 95% of Greensleeves Care’s 20 homes are rated Outstanding or Good, significantly outperforming the CQC’s benchmark data where one in four homes is rated as Requires Improvement or Inadequate.

As a dynamic and growing care charity, Greensleeves Care places a strong emphasis on innovation and quality improvement which … Read More »



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