Care Home News Roundup – July 2018

Every month, StriveCare publishes its pick of the recent news that matters to care homes in the UK. In this Care Home News Roundup, you’ll find the headlines link to articles from a variety of sources and with a variety of subjects. There’s plenty here to interest you. For example:

  • Experts have slammed the level of care for those suffering with diabetes in care homes. They have made several recommendations to improve care. The first on their list is better training.
  • An article in The Spectator questions whether the CQC is fit for the purpose of regulating care homes, noting that 100 of the 270 homes currently rated inadequate were rated good at their last inspection. It questions the system of regulation and inspection, but are there other things that could be done to ensure good care homes remain good?
  • A common saying is that children find learning languages to be much easier than older people. Yet, residents at care homes in Scotland are thriving with lessons in a new language. Could this be a strategy to improve dementia care?
  • Socialising is important to residents of care homes. What better way to create a more social care home community than to create a pub in the care home? This is what a care home in Carrickfergus has done, where residents gather to enjoy each other’s company and watch their favourite sports events.

News, views, ideas and commentary. This is our pick of last month’s care home news. If there’s anything we’ve left out, please let us know. We hope these stories inform. More importantly, we hope they inspire. Plenty of ideas for your next team meeting, perhaps?

Leading experts slam current diabetes care in UK care homes

Diabetes care in nursing homes still remains “fragmented” and urgent steps need to be taken to restore the “health and dignity” of older people, leading experts ...

Who cares about care homes?

For millions of middle-aged children, finding good care for their parents is akin to a Grail quest — and just as unlikely to succeed. How can you tell if a care home ...

'It's never too late': Care home residents learn second language to ...

She is one of 800 adults living in care homes, day centres and retirement communities in Scotland taking, and she’s learning a new language…

Alpacas visit Reading care home to bring joy to residents

In order to awaken the senses and stimulate conversation between residents, a care home invited a couple of furry friends along. The alpacas, Enzo and Sally, ...

The pub in a Carrickfergus care home

The home provides care for 90 older people, including those living with dementia, and many of the residents have been using the bar to follow their favourite ...

Robots introduced into care homes in Cornwall in research project

As part of a project that promotes the use of technology to enhance quality of care, Hannah Bradwell from the University of Plymouth, has visited care homes ..

School class in a care home: 'You don't feel old around children'

care home in the Isle of Wight has set up a 'class in a care home' where ... The children bring energy to the home which also benefits our residents and the ...

·       'Superfan' care home resident 'left speechless' after finally meeting ...

Resourceful staff at a care home in Chislehurst, London, arranged for one of its residents to meet her musical idol, Michael Ball. The happy resident received a

HS urges care homes to use 'Is my resident well?' guide

The new guide and associated training programme is being rolled out to care homes across North West London to support care workers.

Dementia-friendly beauty workshops give care home residents back ...

Ms Anthony is the founder of Beautiful You, the UK's first dementia-friendly beauty therapy workshops within the care home sector. She has set up spa-style




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