Taxi drivers take care home residents on free day trip

Residents and staff at a Bath care home were treated to a free taxi ride to a nearby farm as part of a fun day out. Taxi driver Paul Roles, a prominent figure around Bath, got in touch with Winfield Lodge Residential care home with the idea of giving its residents a day to remember. After Mr Roles acquired the help of fellow cabbies, Mike Bean and Stephen Lasota. Thanks to the taxi drivers, care home residents and staff were driven to Bath City Farm, and enjoyed a couple of hours of seeing the farm animals and a spot of tea and cake too.

Dementia care crisis ‘costing businesses £3.2bn’ as carers forced to quit jobs

A crisis in dementia care has cost businesses in England £3.2bn in the last year, according to a charity. Research by the Alzheimer’s Society looked into people who have had to quit jobs, reduce hours, or change working patterns to care for their loved ones.The charity said the figure was likely to double over the next 20 years to £6.3bn and are now calling on the government to deliver on their promise to end the dementia care crisis. “Up and down the country, families are desperately trying and often failing to get the good quality dementia care their loved ones need,” said Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes. “Instead, over 100,000 people have had no choice but to leave their jobs and try to care for their loved ones themselves. The knock-on cost to businesses is only going to get bigger, with more and more people set to develop dementia and no solution put in place to sort out social care. It’s devastating for people with dementia, devastating for their families and carers, a drain on the NHS and now we see how badly it’s affecting our economy.”

‘Seven star’ care home opened by former Emmerdale star

  • Chris Easom
  • September 22, 2019

A 50-bed care home has been officially opened in Hyndburn by TV actor John Middleton and likened to a ‘seven-star hotel’. The former Emmerdale star attended Pendle Brook Care Home in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, last Thursday and was joined by Hyndburn Mayor June Harrison, Mayoress Joyce Plummer and other dignitaries. Family-run operator Rochcare said the ‘architectural masterpiece’ on Haworth Street will be their ‘flagship’ care facility, create at least 50 jobs, and also offer support to people living with dementia and other needs. Pendle Brook Care Home, situated next to the Civic Arts Centre and Theatre, will also include residential areas, hairdressers and a public cafe.

Standards in (or at?) Lincolnshire care homes showing improvement

  • Chris Easom
  • September 14, 2019

Over 40 care and nursing homes in Lincolnshire were closed through enforcement actions, placed in special measures or rated inadequate over the last five years. Five homes were closed through enforcement action, 17 were placed in special measures and 21 were rated as inadequate. Some of the ratings have since changed and risen up to ‘Good’, while some other homes have changed ownership. However, Lincolnshire has seen a significant improvement in CQC ratings over the last two years according to the county council. In February 2017, 81 providers in Lincolnshire were rated as either requires improvement or inadequate, but this figure has reduced by almost 40% to 49. In the same period Lincolnshire has gone from one service rated as outstanding to ten.

New Derbyshire care home creates 50 jobs

  • Chris Easom
  • September 9, 2019

The launch of a new care home in Clowne has created 50 jobs for the area. The employment boost comes after Lime Tree Care Ltd breathed new life into the former Ground Works Creswell site, converting it into a mental health care facility. The company already runs a 10-bed care home in New Whittington, Chesterfield. Cherry Tree House will provide nurse-led care for people with mental and neurological illnesses, creating full and part-time positions for carers, nurses, catering, domestic and office staff. Director Robert Lee said: “We are happy to see this new project create so many opportunities in the area and think it’s important to inject life into existing buildings rather than just leaving them standing empty.”

New independent living scheme opens in Yorkshire

A new extra care scheme in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, has welcomed its first residents. Bransdale View was built by Housing 21 in partnership with Ryedale District Council and North Yorkshire County Council as a positive alternative to residential care. The property is designed to offer independent living for people over the age of 55 with access to on-site care for those who need it. Residents are able to live in their own apartments and remain part of the community as a result of the scheme’s communal facilities, which includes a café bistro, hair salon, communal lounge and hobby room. The apartments at the property are available for affordable rent and shared ownership.

Social care funding gap makes sector less appealing to nurses

  • StaffAid
  • August 21, 2019

The social care sector will continue to struggle to recruit and retain nurses unless pay is increased in line with what they can earn in the NHS, according to new analysis that warns of a £4.4bn funding shortfall. Poor pay and conditions for nurses working in social care in England are a major threat to the quality of care and future sustainability of the sector, said the Health Foundation in a report. More than 40,000 nurses work in adult social care but almost a third are estimated to have left their role within the past 12 months. A key reason for problems with recruitment and retention was the fact wages are low and below equivalent salaries in the NHS, said the analysis. According to the think tank’s document there is a 7% gap between the pay rates for adult social care nurses and the rates available for nurses in the NHS.

More than one in three Merseyside nursing homes below standard

  • StaffAid
  • August 9, 2019

Health watchdogs have found one in every three nursing homes on Merseyside is below standard. The analysis looked at the latest inspection data from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – regulators of health and care services run by the NHS and private companies. The investigation revealed that 142 nursing homes on Merseyside had been inspected as of June 3rd. 7 of these were found to be inadequate at their most recent inspection, meaning the CQC has taken action against those running it. Inspections found 51 homes in the county were rated inadequate or requires improvement.

New state-of-the-art dementia care home to create 100 jobs and open in Ely this July

  • StaffAid
  • July 31, 2019

The Orchards, aptly named after the apple growing tradition of the city, is due to open in July opposite the new Isle of Ely Primary School. It will provide residential and dementia care and will feature a range of facilities including a cinema room. Around 100 part-time and full-time jobs will be created with new management, frontline and support staff jobs in the area. Mayor of Ely Councillor Mike Rouse, said: “I am delighted that such good progress is being made on a new care home for Ely. The choice of the name, ‘The Orchards’, keeps the link with nearby Orchard Estate and Ely’s history.” The Orchards will be the 25th care home managed by charity Greensleeves Care. Paul Newman, chief executive of Greensleeves Care, said: “Greensleeves Care is already active in the Cambridgeshire and East of England area. We look forward to introducing our award-winning care and support for older people in the Ely area. As well as caring for 66 residents, we plan to play an active role in the local economy, creating more 100 new jobs, and supporting the local community with dementia cafes.”

Nearly a third of nurses are quitting due to stress or declining mental health

  • StaffAid
  • July 22, 2019

A report by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, reveals that nearly a third of nurses are leaving the profession due to stress or declining mental health. ‘The NMC Register’ data report explores the numbers total number of nurses, midwives and nursing associates joining and leaving the register between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. While the report reveals an overall increase in the total number of registered nurses, midwives and nursing associates, healthcare leaders warn it also highlights a number of major concerns. Stress, declining mental health and poor staffing levels were cited amongst the top reasons for quitting the profession. The report also shows a continued decline in the number of EU nurses coming to the UK, with over half of those leaving saying Brexit is a contributing factor.

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