Category : NURSING AGENCY

Families sending relatives with dementia to Thailand for care

British families are sending elderly relatives with dementia overseas to Thailand in a small but growing trend. Researchers visiting private care homes in Chiang Mai have found eight homes where guests from the UK are living thousands of miles away from their families, because suitable care in their home country was impossible to find or afford. “Thailand already has a long history of medical tourism and it’s now setting itself up as an international hub for dementia care,” said Dr Caleb Johnston, a senior lecturer in human geography at Newcastle University. Some of the facilities are British-run; some are Thai-run but with substantial investment from British citizens; and some are Swiss-run. All have the backing and support of the Thai government. In Thailand, 1:1 around-the-clock residential care in award-winning facilities costs around £750 a week.

Northampton care home celebrates getting best possible rating from CQC

Staff at a Northampton care home are celebrating after being given the best possible rating by the healthcare watchdog. Ashurst Mews Care Home was rated ‘outstanding by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection in August, which left inspectors ‘impressed’. Manager Rex Pudol said everyone at the Moulton nursing home is ‘over the moon’ after the agonising wait for the report to be published. “The ‘outstanding’ rating was achieved from a great team effort,” he said.

NHS A&E departments suffer worst performance on record

  • Chris Easom
  • January 10, 2020

NHS accident and emergency departments in England recorded their lowest-ever performance in December. The latest figures show 79.8% of patients were seen within four hours in all A&E departments last month, compared with 81.4% in November 2019 and 86.5% in December 2018. It comes as pressures on the health service continue to grow. The number of patients visiting A&E departments in December increased 6.5% on the same month last year, with 2,181,024 people attending. There were 560,801 emergency admissions in the month, 2.9% higher than the same month last year.

There were 4.6 million people on the waiting list to start treatment as of the end of November 2019, up from 4.4 million.

Friends of 80 years move into same Mansfield care home

A pair of lifelong friends have moved in to the same care home together almost 80 years after they first met. Kathleen Saville and Olive Woodward, both 89, became friends as 11-year-old schoolgirls in 1941. They bonded over teasing boys and playing games and have stayed close friends ever since. Staff at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield, have dubbed them the “dynamic duo” and say you can still “see their love for each other”. Mrs Saville, who said she can “still pull the boys” and is “fighting for every minute”, believes the key to their long friendship was that neither like arguing. We knew we would always be friends when we met. She means a lot to me. If Olive goes first she’ll come back to fetch me,” she added. “We’re going to be friends in heaven.”

Happy New Year 2020

Happy New Year to everyone, in-particular our amazing agency nurses & carers. Your continued professionalism and loyalty is very much appreciated. Our customers think you’re great, and so do we. Be safe tonight whatever you do, and we wish you all health and happiness for 2020 x

Fourth resident at Northampton care home celebrates 100th birthday

  • Chris Easom
  • December 27, 2019

There must be something in the water at St Christopher’s Care Home as their fourth resident turns 100. Former clothes shop owner, Joan Gammage is not even the oldest resident. Nancy Summers, Edna Grant, Eileen Rouse also marked their milestones in 2019. Since Joan was born in 1919, she has experienced the aftermath of World War One, World War Two and has lived under four monarchs. Manager of St Christopher’s, Sarah Clarke, said: “She is a willing and enthusiastic participant in many of the Home’s weekly activities, and her beaming smile will cheer the dullest of days”.

Wheely nice surprise for Stroud care home Scarlet House

  • Chris Easom
  • December 11, 2019

A care home in Stroud enjoyed a surprise visit from a cyclist on a 580-mile charity ride. Care UK’s Scarlet House in Stroud, recently welcomed keen cyclist and charity fundraiser, David Merrett, who was pedalling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was joined by friend and fellow cyclist, Kevin House, who was raising funds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind. The care home became a very special pit stop for David and Kevin as they took a well-earned break to visit David’s sister, Serena, a resident at Scarlet House, who has lived with multiple sclerosis for many years.

Lack of nurses leads NHS to rely on less qualified staff

Nurses are in such short supply in the UK that the NHS is relying on less qualified staff to plug the gaps, according to a new report. According to the Health Foundation charity, healthcare assistants and nursing assistants have been used to help with tasks that qualified nurses would normally carry out if there were enough of them. Numbers have been shored up for years by overseas recruitment – but Brexit has caused a drop in the number of those coming from the EU, the report says, so the health service is now taking more nurses from countries further afield, including India and the Philippines. The number of nursing vacancies across the NHS is 44,000 – 12% of the nursing workforce.

‘Outstanding’ Mansfield care home praised by CQC during inspection

  • Chris Easom
  • November 30, 2019

A care home in Mansfield with an “excellent record” for improving the lives of its residents has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC.

Baily House was hailed by inspectors for the way it supports residents to do activities that are “meaningful” to them, while setting “ambitious goals” to improve patients’ wellbeing. In the unannounced visit by the healthcare watchdog, the inspector found that the home provides a “very high standard of care” that is “valued” by the families of its residents. The home is now part of an elite three per cent of homes across the country that can boast the ‘outstanding’ grade.

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