Tag: Communication


PR group launches Facebook community for care providers

Posted on January 18th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on PR group launches Facebook community for care providers

Caring Times, January 2018

The first exclusive and private Facebook community to enable owners, CEOs and senior managers of residential care and nursing homes to share best practice has been launched.

Sixty members have already joined the Facebook “Care Home Owners And Managers” group since it was set up last month.

The group enables members to pass on advice and learn from each other, and topics discussed so far include CQC regulation, recommendations for policy and procedure providers, recruitment and planning for Christmas staff rotas.

Members of the free group include owners of residential and specialist care providers, operation and human resource managers, and registered managers.

“Facebook is, by far, the most appropriate social media platform to facilitate and enable productive and helpful discussion, so that’s why it was chosen to host the community” says the group’s founder, Adam James of Springup PR, a specialist … Read More »


2nd February deadline to join Care innovation Challenge

Posted on January 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on 2nd February deadline to join Care innovation Challenge

Students have until Friday, February 2nd to apply to enter the Care Innovation Challenge, which takes place at the Oomph! Wellness HQ in Wimbledon on February 17th and 18th where teams from across the country will spend two days of intensive ideas generation, development and prototyping.

Teams must consist of two or three people, made up of students (undergrad, postgrad) or graduates who are one year post-graduation. The competition is open to students from all faculties and disciplines and teams do not need to be focused on technology. The competition is also open to any other individuals (non-students) with an idea for the care sector to apply as a team.

The Care Innovation Challenge has been created in response to the growing challenges and mounting pressure on the care sector, the aim being to work with creative and entrepreneurial individuals and teams to … Read More »


Facebook for care providers

Posted on January 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Facebook for care providers

What is described as the first exclusive and private Facebook community to enable owners, chief executives and senior managers of residential care and nursing homes to share best practice was launched in October.

Sixty members have already joined the Facebook “Care Home Owners And Managers” group which has been set up to enable members to pass on advice and learn from each other.

Topics discussed so far include CQC regulation and recommendations for policy and procedures. Members of the free group include owners of residential and specialist care providers, operation and human resource managers, and registered managers.

“The aim of the group is – pure and simple – to enable owners and senior managers to share best practice,” said the group’s founder, Adam James of Springup PR, a specialist PR agency for care providers.

“Because the Care Home Owners And Managers group is closed … Read More »


A response framework with untruths as last resort

Posted on July 24th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Sometimes the truth causes distress, but is it ever right to lie to a person with dementia? Edward O’Connor, Ian James and Roberta Caiazza describe a practical framework which allows “therapeutic lies” as a last resort

Vol 25 No 4 Page 22


Music Mirrors reminiscence resource

Posted on July 24th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Amy Semple and Heather Edwards report on Music Mirrors, which offers a low cost, digitally portable reminiscence resource for gathering musical memories in one place

Vol 25 No 4 Page 14


LaingBuisson launches consumer website

Posted on July 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on LaingBuisson launches consumer website

Health and social care market analysts LaingBuisson have launched CareHomeAdvisor, a consumer website which informs people which care homes provide the best quality care.

Endorsed by Age UK, Independent Age and Care England, CareHomeAdvisor is is a free-to-use consumer-facing website which aggregates quality performance data on individual care homes in real-time via Application Program Interfaces (APIs) from independent sources, including The Care Quality Commission (CQC), The Food Standards Agency (FSA), NHS Choices and Ipsos MORI’s independent Customer Satisfaction survey Your Care Rating (YCR).

These sources are then combined with LaingBuisson’s proprietary survey data and each care home is awarded a unique star rating and a score out of 100. LaingBuisson business development manager Heidi Nicholson said that, because everything is updated in real time, if a care home’s rating from one of these sources changes, e.g. a care home’s CQC assessment is … Read More »


Hill Care works with National Citizenship Service to enhance residents’ lives

Posted on September 26th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Hill Care works with National Citizenship Service to enhance residents’ lives

Caring Times, October 2016

Care home operator Hill Care continues to work closely with local National Citizenship Service (NCS) groups whereby young volunteers aged 15-17 are having a huge impact on the lives of elderly residents and the partnerships are working exceptionally well.

Recently, Middlesbrough Football Club NCS spent a week at Mandale House in Stockton, as part of their social action project. “We have a great relationship with the Middlesbrough FC NCS group, as they visit several of our Teesside homes throughout the year,” said Hill Care customers relations officer Liz Jones.

Hill Care operates 18 care homes across the North of England.


Talking mats: a model of communication training

Posted on September 19th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Talking Mats provides a model of communication training for teams working with people with dementia in interim care and long-stay hospital settings. Joan Murphy, Jean Alexander and Ann McLinton explain how it works and why it is a valuable tool.

Vol 24 No 5 Page 22


Living well with progressive non-fluent aphasia

Posted on September 19th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Jane Twigg has a rare form of dementia but her battle to get a diagnosis was fraught with difficulties. Here, supported by Jenny La Fontaine, she offers some advice for professionals

Vol 24 No 5 Page 16


PARO the seal shows promise

Posted on September 19th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Artificial intelligence may have something to offer dementia care as a London day centre is finding. Erin Mee says that the PARO robot seal is much more than a cuddly toy

Vol 24 No 5 Page 15



Latest blog posts

Time for a ten dollar answer

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Ernest Hemingway was known for his minimalist style and he used to pooh-pooh what he called “ten-dollar” words. Not to...

Lacking capacity

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

A friend of mine diagnosed with cancer – now, happily, treated – was asked how he could possibly have missed the...

Care homes – understated examples of tasteful design

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Dozens of recently-built care homes are material proof that it is perfectly possible to design aesthetically pleasing buildings and put...