Health and Social Care News Roundup - March 2018

Every month, Strive Care publishes its pick of the recent news that matters to care homes in the UK. In this Care Home News Round-up, 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.

It’s striking how innovative care homes can be, especially when treating conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. With record numbers of people searching for a care home, excellence in these areas could be key to the decision-making process:

  • Have you thought of offering one-hour social interaction sessions, or afternoon tea with a dementia specialist?
  • Or how about a personal trainer session to help the elderly turn back the clock?
  • A visit from a nail technician to make care home residents feel pampered and glamourous again?

On a legalistic note, these news items include links to articles about contract abuses, and what the government is doing to tackle poorly performing care homes.

Plenty to put on the agenda of your next team meeting…

·       One Hour of Social Interaction Improved Quality of Life for People ...

One Hour of Social Interaction Improved Quality of Life for People with Dementia in UK Care Homes ... Having one hour a week of social interaction, combined with a just a small amount of personalized care, can improve the quality of life of people with dementia who live in care homes, according to a ...

·       UK sees record number of people search for a care home

Davina Ludlow, chair of carehome.co.uk, said: “The UK has an ever-growing ageing population with people living longer with complex health conditions, so it is no surprise we have seen record traffic this January, showing there is a huge demand for care homes.” carehome.co.uk has noticed a trend in ...

·       Sex is a basic 'human right' for elderly with dementia

Donald Macaskill, the chief executive of Scottish Care which represents Scotland's independent providers of care homes and home care, says its latest report 'Let's talk about sex…uality' "challenges some of the really negative and unhelpful attitudes which exist around older people, dementia and sexuality." He says: "All ...

·       Hartshorne's Nether Hall care home is among first in UK to launch a ...

A Swadlincote care home is among the first in the UK to use a new hi-tech feedback system giving senior staff instant information about the quality of the service. The innovation will enable families of residents at Nether Hall Care Home, in Nether Hall Road, Hartshorne, to raise concerns or praise excellence, by simply ...

·       Care homes to celebrate friendship across local communities in 2018

Once again care homes are planning to celebrate connections with their local communities. After a successful day of celebrating great care across the UK on Care Home Open Day 2017, with more than 2,568 care homes taking part, this year's event is on the Saturday, 21 April. Professor Martin Green, chief executive of ...

·       Care homes in danger of 'breaking law' over contracts

Local authorities have a duty to provide clear information on the care system, council chiefs say as research reveals care homes are withholding contracts and not explaining terms to customers. Research by Which? found fewer than one in 10 out of 50 care homes contacted provided a sample contract on request. And of ...

·       Care home bosses warned 'revenge evictions' could be illegal

Watchdogs have raised concerns over the problem of vulnerable elderly people being kicked out of their care homes because their family members have complained. ... The warning comes as the care home regulator in England said it had already begun collecting data from care homes to examine the scale of the issue.

·       Care workers hailed for battling weather to keep services running

UK care workers have been applauded for battling this week's weather to continue delivering support to vulnerable people. Staff in care homes and those delivering homecare defied the “beast from the east” and storm Emma to maintain services. Some slept overnight in care homes, while others walked through blizzards to ...

·       The government pledges to tackle unfair care home practices

Which? research has also revealed that in England, half of care homes are failing residents. In six local authority areas, good quality care home places are so limited that 50% or more of local beds are in homes rated as requiring improvement or inadequate by the regulator (Care Quality Commission). This makes it far less ...

·       Personal trainer helps care home's elderly turn back the clock

Chief executive officer, Oliver Sargent, says: “Moving into a care home should be about improving your quality of life – getting fit again, spending more time with friends and family and doing more of what you enjoy.” In the UK, going to the gym is seen as a young person's game but latest research shows that older people ...

·       Care home residents take tea with dementia specialist

HC-One is currently celebrating achieving a 9.2/10 average rating on the sector's leading care home comparison website carehome.co.uk, with St. Margaret's itself boasting a 9.7/10 rating. HC-One St Margaret's Care Home Manager, Sandra Darroch, said: “The whole team here really appreciated Professor Stokes visiting ..

·       Nail technician makes care home resident 'feel like a woman again'

Volunteer nail technician, Sharon Williams, was such a hit with residents at a group of care homes in Wrexham, that they wrote to the care home owners and asked that the 45-year-old-mum of two be given a permanent job. Sharon Williams gives manicures to Pendine Park residents. For the past year, residents have been ...

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