Tag : elderly care

Cubbington care home resident’s 104th birthday treat was football surprise

One of the UK’s oldest residents who lives in Cubbington has celebrated his 104th birthday with a surprise trip to watch his beloved football team play. Staff at Cubbington Mill care home made Jack Marriott’s dream come true by arranging for him to be taken to watch Coventry City FC play at the Ricoh Arena. In the weeks running up to his milestone birthday, Jack had told his carers how he wanted to go to watch the Sky Blues play live one last time. Jack said: “Going back to the Ricoh was a dream come true.”

New tax on over-40’s being considered to fund social care

A new tax being considered by ministers as a way to fund social care could raise up to £15bn a year, according to a new report. The proposal would see a 2.5 per cent levy applied to the earnings of people over the age of 40, similar to the model used in Germany. The revenue generated by the new tax would go into a ring-fenced pot used to fund social care. Research carried out by pensions and risk consultancy Hymans Robertson suggested the German-style system could raise half of the money needed to plug the £30bn-a-year gap in social care funding the UK is facing by 2031.

A new way of caring for the elderly with dementia

Anja, who is in her 80s, says she has lived here for one hour. In fact, it has been almost a year. Like all of her neighbours, she has severe dementia. But if she is feeling particularly perky, she can buy lagers at the local supermarket, get coiffed at the hair salon and play bingo as night falls. She can dip her feet into the local fountain, or even cycle into it. She lives in Hogeweyk, thought to be the world’s first “dementia village”, near Amsterdam. Dementia villages are gated communities designed for people who suffer from dementia, a term used to describe a set of symptoms (such as memory loss and confusion) that are caused by a variety of brain diseases. Hogeweyk’s 150 residents live in six-room houses, each designed around one of four “lifestyles”. These are selected for patients after tests and interviews alongside their families. Anja and her housemates live in a “traditional” home. They eat starchy stamppot stews and have a sewing machine that says it is “Made in West Germany”. Hogeweyk’s allowance of small freedoms gives peace of mind to people who have lost a part of theirs. Grouping residents by lifestyles is meant to establish continuity between their former lives and the nursing facility. Hogeweyk received over 1,400 visitors in 2017, keen to copy the concept in their own countries.

Comedian Joe Pasquale opens nightclub at Ipswich care home

A care home in Ipswich is helping residents recover their mojo by dancing the night away at a specially designed nightclub. Thornbank care home has created its very own nightclub and pub, designed for residents to spend time together reminiscing over a pint or playing traditional games. In the evening the ‘Snug’, as it is known, is transformed into a dance floor – where residents are encouraged to show off their best moves. The facilities were officially opened on Saturday, June 16 by Essex-born comedian Joe Pasquale. Lyn Andrews, activity coordinator at the home, said the pub and club had “brought fun and laughter back into our residents’ lives”.

Two Cambridgeshire doctors honoured at glitzy NHS Heroes Awards ceremony

Steven Tsui and Stephen Large work at Cambridgeshire’s Royal Papworth Hospital and have been dubbed ‘Pioneering Heroes’ at the NHS Heroes Awards. The pair made it possible to restart a beating heart allowing a new type of transplant. Their work means more people on the donor register can receive a heart, saving more lives. They are among the winners named by organisers ITV and the Mirror as part of the event celebrating 70th anniversary of the NHS. Stephen Large, consultant surgeon at Royal Papworth Hospital, said: “It is a huge honour to win this award in recognition of our work to establish DCD heart transplantation at Royal Papworth Hospital. After many years of research, I am incredibly proud of the results we have achieved so far. It is wonderful to see more than 40 people getting a second chance at life following a successful DCD transplant.” Consultant surgeon Steven Tsui added that it was a ‘real honour’ to receive the NHS Pioneering Hero award.

Care home for disabled set up by Nottinghamshire community rated ‘outstanding’ by inspectors

A charity care home which looks after adults with learning disabilities has been declared ‘outstanding’ by inspectors. The Oaklands in Warsop was set up by the local community 30 years ago and is still run as a charity to provide care for 20 adults with disabilities. The home’s 56-year-old manager for the past three and a half years, David Wint, born and raised in Mansfield, believed the success was down to his team and how hard they worked to be as inclusive as possible. In particular he thought the home benefited from the range of activities they put on such as discos, plays, pub lunches and bingo nights and said they were “more of a family than a care home”. He added: “We are absolutely delighted, it is the culmination of four years’ hard work and I am so proud of the team.” The Oaklands has three separate bungalows for residents with mental health needs, learning disabilities or an autistic spectrum disorder with around eight also visiting for a short respite period. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care.

Long-awaited Lincoln medical school gets go-ahead

The first Lincolnshire medical school will open thanks to a successful joint bid by the University of Lincoln and the University of Nottingham. The University of Nottingham Lincoln Medical School, on the University of Lincoln Brayford campus, will train the next generation of health professionals in an effort to fill severe staffing shortages in the region with UK-trained doctors. Funding has been secured for an initial 80 first year undergraduate places in September 2019 with a further 80 per intake in subsequent years. When it is at full capacity in a few years’ time, the new school promises to deliver medical training to around 400 undergraduate students. Students will study for a University of Nottingham BMBS medical degree and will undertake clinical placements at local hospitals, GP surgeries and other healthcare units in collaboration with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) and the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).

Fees paid by cash-strapped councils fail to meet costs of caring for residents

Fees paid by cash-strapped councils fail to meet costs of caring for residents, according to Competition and Markets Authority. The UK’s care homes are grappling with an unsustainable £1bn-a-year funding gap caused by councils not paying enough money, resulting in many homes charging residents over the odds in order to stay afloat, an official review has found. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has also revealed it is taking enforcement action against a number of care homes that have been unfairly demanding large upfront fees, or charging families for weeks after the death of an elderly relative. In its report into the £16bn care homes sector, which covers 410,000 residents and stretches across 11,300 homes, the CMA said “urgent action” was needed because the current regime was “not sustainable” without additional funding. It suggested that people who paid for their own care were being asked to pay more than they should in order to subsidise council-funded residents. “On average, a self-funding resident is paying over £12,000 a year more than a local authority to have a place in the same care home. This difference between self-funded and local authority prices for the same service is understandably perceived by many as unfair.” The government has said it will publish a green paper on care and support for older people by summer 2018. In the meantime, however, the issue was that councils were paying fees that were “below the costs care homes incur”, said the CMA.

Caren & Kirsty bring invaluable care experience to StaffAid

The recent appointments of Caren Bowen and Kirsty Cunningham bring over 25 years ‘hands-on’ care experience to the StaffAid team. Their knowledge and expertise will play a vital role in the continued success and expansion of StaffAid. Caren is based at our Lincoln office and takes a lead role in the management of all agency bookings. In addition, Caren also assists with the recruitment of high quality carers. Kirsty is based at our newly opened Leicester branch and is solely responsible for the day to day management of the office. Welcome and good luck ladies – great to have you on board!


Caren Bowen

Care Manager Lincoln

Caren is NVQ 3 qualified and has worked in care for over 20 + years, previously holding positions as both Senior Carer and Deputy Manager. Since August 2016 Caren has worked as an agency carer for StaffAid and brings invaluable knowledge and ‘hands on’ experience to the team. She is responsible for managing all agency staff bookings and assists with the recruitment of high quality carers. Caren lives in Gainsborough with her partner Dave and in her spare time undertakes volunteer work for a charity called ‘Unload’ which offers help and support to veterans of the armed forces.


Kirsty Cunningham

Care Manager Leicester

Kirsty has worked within the care sector for over 7 years. She has extensive experience working as a carer in both care homes and home care. Kirsty manages the day to day operations of our Leicester office and provides valuable ‘hands on’ expertise that ensures StaffAid recruits only the best and most suitable carers. Kirsty lives in Leicester with her fiancé Khan and two Chihuahuas.

Draft plans reveal changes to nurse prescribing standards

Nurse prescribers will in the future be trained under the same standards as pharmacists, according to draft Nursing and Midwifery Council proposals. In latest NMC council papers, the regulator also proposed that undergraduate training would include some elements of prescribing theory. But, contrary to previous suggestions, nurses will continue to only be able to prescribe once they have completed a further qualification. Teaching at an undergraduate level will “provide a stepping stone to earlier access to gain prescribing qualifications after registration,” said the council papers. However, due to the grounding they will have received in their undergraduate training, nurses will be able to go on a community practitioner prescribing course immediately after they become registered, the papers said. In addition, the NMC is proposing that nurses will only be required to have one year’s experience of post-registration practice in order to go on a more advanced prescribing course to become a supplementary or independent prescriber, instead of the current three years. Under proposed new standards that the NMC has drawn up for universities providing prescribing courses, nurses will have to pass a pharmacology exam with a score of 80%, and a numeracy assessment of 100%. It is expected that universities will only be able to run prescribing courses if they have met the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s single competency framework for all prescribers.

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