Quality of care homes got worse in 1 in 5 local authorities in the last year, new research reveals

Quality of care homes got worse in 1 in 5 local authorities in the last year, new research reveals

The proportion of care homes rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement” increased in 1 in 5 local authority areas in 2017. A dramatic variation in the quality of care homes at a regional and local authority level across England continues to exist. The North West is the worst performing region when it comes to the proportion of satisfactory care homes, while London and the East of England are the best performing regions. That’s according to new analysis by Independent Age, the older people’s charity[1].

In some areas such as Tameside or Portsmouth, older people and their families continue to face little choice of quality care, with around 1 in 2 homes rated not good enough by the Care Quality Commission. 

The main regional findings are:

Ponies wow residents at New Copford Place care home

Ponies wow residents at New Copford Place care home

New Copford Place care home in Colchester, run by charity Friends of the Elderly, recently welcomed some very special visitors. Thanks to Magical Miniature Ponies, two ponies visited the home to spend time with residents and their relatives.

Donna Owen, Manager at New Copford Place, said: “It was wonderful to see the residents interacting with the ponies. Everyone was just so surprised that we had real life ponies actually inside the home. The team from Magical Miniature Ponies were brilliant telling us all about the ponies and the sensory benefits and stimulation from being around these animals was something we saw last with our residents for days. Everyone is still talking about it!”

Mabel celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family

Mabel celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family

A FORMER factory worker has celebrated her 100th birthday with a party alongside friends and family at her care home in Chester-le-Street. Mabel Fenwick was born on 30th March 2018 and has lived in the north east all her life – moving to Pelton Grange Care Home in December 2016.

The home hosted a party on 29th March, with Durham County Council Cllr John Lethbridge delivering flowers to the centenarian.

Les Burnett, home manager at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, said: “Mabel is quite a character and always makes an impression on everyone she meets.

“She is loved by all at the care home and the staff, fellow residents, friends and family are thoroughly excited to celebrate her amazing milestone birthday.”

Fairmile Grange announced award winner for 'Top 20 Recommended Care Home 2018’

Fairmile Grange announced award winner for 'Top 20 Recommended Care Home 2018’

Fairmile Grange care home in Christchurch has received the Carehome.co.uk award for 'Top 20 Recommended Care Home (South West England) 2018'.

The carehome.co.uk Top 20 Care Home Awards 2018 highlight the most recommended care homes in each region of the UK. The awards are based on over 75,000 reviews from residents and their friends and families.

Fairmile Grange, the private residential, nursing and dementia care home on the grounds of Christchurch Hospital, has been awarded this prestigious recognition due to its Carehome.co.uk ranking as the number one care home in the Christchurch area.  Based on 27 reviews, Fairmile Grange has a rating of 9.9.

Easter fayres raise hundreds for Teesside care homes

Easter fayres raise hundreds for Teesside care homes

Easter was celebrated at care homes across Teesside – with bonnet making masterclasses and fayres.

The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough, and Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, were among those to mark the occasion with a variety of activities.

At The Gables, residents created Easter bonnets, adorned with bunny ears, fluffy chicks, brightly coloured eggs and other decorations.

A  raffle of chocolate eggs helped raise over £110 for the residents’ fund, which pays for day trips throughout the year.

The home also held a special lunch, dancing and singing to round-off the celebrations.

Resident Ann Barker said: “I wish the weather was as nice as our Easter hats.”

The countdown to Care Roadshow Glasgow has begun

Care Roadshow

It has nearly been one whole year since Care Roadshow visited Scottish soil. If you work in the care sector and are looking to maintain your knowledge of the industry then Care Roadshow Glasgow taking place at Hampden Park Stadium on Tuesday 17th April is the place to be.

The first of the five national events will host a mix of suppliers covering a wide range of products and services for all areas for the care sector. Exhibitors including apetito, Boots, Citation and Disclosure Scotland will be on hand to offer advice and information on how they can help your care setting flourish.

50's American Rock n Roll with Kevin Davidge

50's American Rock n Roll with Kevin Davidge

Kevin Davidge has been performing for over 25 years. He has appeared singing with touring theatre shows as Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in Rock-It, Buddy Holly - a legend reborn and Buddy Holly's Winter Dance Party fronting and leading full Rock n Roll bands. He also has a tracks show that has played in clubs, weddings, birthday partys, hotels, American diners, Holiday camps, kids parties, nursing homes etc. He has also been the bass player of Rock n Roll and Elvis tribute backing band, Red Alert, with the most prestigious venues being the London Palladium, Wales Millennium Centre and the biggest audiences being 5000+ at Bolton Arena, Monmouth festival etc.


Widnes brothers call on celebrity friends to help raise over five thousand pounds for disability charity

Jon Richardson

TV comedy producer, Stu Mather, was able to use his connections to attract some of Britain’s top comedy talent, including Jon Richardson, Josh Widdvicombe,  Suzi Ruffell, James Acaster and Chris McCausland, for a comedy fundraising night, at 2Northdown in Kings Cross, London.

Two brothers, Tim and Stu Mather, from Widnes, have raised over five thousand pounds for the national disability charity, Sense, enlisting the help of family and celebrity friends to put on two very special fundraisers.

Over a hundred people attended a wine tasting evening, organised by the brothers’ parents, John and Carole Mather, at Widnes Cricket Club on the 16th February. The wine was supplied by John Stott, via the International Wine Challenge, and raised over three thousand pounds.

Funeral Zone

Funeral Zone

When a person has been diagnosed with dementia, there are many things to think about. It can be an overwhelming time, as people adjust to the news and begin to think about the changes that are likely to happen.

Yet looking ahead, it can also be a helpful and practical step, as the Alzheimer’s Society explains. “Thinking ahead,” it says, “is a good thing to do. It can help you prepare for a time when it may be difficult for you to make decisions for yourself.”

Talking about what happens when we die is not always an easy subject to broach with the people that we love. But it can be comforting for family to know when the time comes, things were just how someone would have wanted.

Grand Opening of New Luxury Care Home

Layston Grove

Buntingford’s brand-new care home, Layston Grove, has been officially opened this week by honoured guests Town Mayor, Councillor John Noades and Councillor Jeff Jones. The home opened its doors to local healthcare professionals, councillors and business owners, giving them the opportunity to view the state-of-the-art facilities.

The purpose-built home, which is located at the Southern End of Buntingford, will provide a home for 66 elderly people requiring residential or dementia care on an ALL-INCLUSIVE basis.  Home Manager, Sam Campbell, and her team had already welcomed local residents to view the luxury facilities at their busy open day on Sunday 18th March.

Tania Plahay on her book: Yoga for Dementia

Yoga for Dementia cover

Care homes are embracing yoga as a method of promoting mindfulness through meditation, as well as improving cardiovascular fitness and reducing depression. Tania Plahay runs a pilot therapeutic yoga programme for people with dementia in care homes and her book Yoga For Dementia is based on the findings from that programme. Tania has a dedicated page to Yoga for Dementia on her website yogafordementia.com. Here, she tells Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan about her book and the benefits of yoga for residents, families and staff... 


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Care Roadshow prepares for its return to Glasgow

Care Roadshows prepares for its return to Glasgow

Despite the cold weather, things are hotting up for the return of Care Roadshow Glasgow to Hampden Park Stadium on Tuesday 17th April. This will be the eighth year that Care Roadshows has graced Scottish soil with its free informative event that is tailored to the care workers in the region.

As previous years have proved, the free CPD seminars, workshops and networking opportunities offer a valuable day out for all those who attend. The morning will be kick started at 10am with the first of two interactive workshop hosted by Oomph! ‘Leading a “Full life for life” and an intro to Wellbeing’.

Powerful and classic cover songs, ideal for private events and public venues.

Powerful and classic cover songs, ideal for private events and public venues.

My name is Alexandra, I would like to offer my services as a singer. I am a trained therapist to diploma level with a deep appreciation and imagination for arts and crafts. Before my diploma I studied Health and Social Care and ran an activities job full time. I have a professional trained voice and a comprehensive knowledge of over a decade of songs. 

All this combined with a genuine interest in lifting the mood of the people I do my activities with and planning our goals. I create a supportive, humanistic approach with an interest in tell and hear stories and ideas during these activities. 

I hold a DBS and public liability insurance, both current and in date. I am happy to work with your individual requirements and can be flexible in my programme/set.

Residents praise for MHA care homes in national survey

MHA care homes

Residents at MHA care homes are celebrating the results of a nationwide survey of care home residents after one of its homes scored a perfect 1,000 out of 1,000.
Top scorer Mayfields Care Home in Ellesmere Port achieved a perfect 1,000 out of 1,000, while Willesden Court Care Home in London got 985 and Bankhouse Care Home and Lower Johnshill Care Home, both in Auchlochan Garden Village in Lanarkshire, got 978 and 977 respectively, meaning the residents highly rate the standard of care they receive. 

Care Boss Pays Tribute to Hero Staff Effort During ‘Beast from the East’


THE BOSS of one of the country’s leading housing and care providers has paid tribute to staff who went ‘the extra mile’ to ensure that vital services continued during the Beast from the East.

Fanchea Kelly, Chief Executive of Blackwood, was so amazed by stories of staff dedication during the recent weather emergency that she took the time to send a letter thanking them for their heroic efforts.

Care workers braved blizzards, shovelled snow and dodged drifts to ensure that customers were safe and sound during the red weather warning which brought large parts of the country to a standstill.

Fanchea said: