Law on smoking in residential care homes


In today's blog, DB Fire Safety Ltd. would like to bring you up-to-date in respect of how the law affects residents who want to smoke in residential care homes.  As may already know, it is an individual's right to continue to smoke when in care.

According to the law, residential care homes are exempt from the smoke-free legislation. Although it is not a legal requirement, designated indoor smoking rooms and/or bedrooms can be made available for use by those residents wishing to smoke indoors.  It is, however, not a legal requirement to provide a bedroom.

If a residential care home designates such a smoking room, the following requirements must be met.


The outlook for care homes in the UK ranges from serious to critical, as staff costs, nurse shortages, poor funding and increasing red tape are draining the lifeblood out of the sector. The prognosis is given in a new survey for BBC Radio 4 that shows urgent surgery is needed to save care homes from rising costs and reducing resources. A new injection of local authority funding is urgently needed as more than a quarter of UK care homes are in danger of closure within three years, according to the survey.

The launch of our Well Pad

Well, the largest independent pharmacy in the UK, has recently introduced innovative technology, the Well Pad, as part of its Well Careplus offering. Well has been offering personalised healthcare in the heart of communities for over 70 years and its Careplus programme helps to provide a care home service designed around carers and residents. The Well Pad was developed to revolutionise medicine management in care homes, enabling carers to provide effective treatment for residents, while helping to cut medicine wastage by up to £195 per resident per year.


More than half of British adults with elderly relatives (58%) agree that they are worried about them, yet  over a third (34%) agree they find it difficult to discuss concerns about health and safety with them  according to a new national opinion poll1 of over 2,000 British adults commissioned by 3rings – the smart plug that helps people make sure older parents are okay.

Supporting a couple in need

Sheila and Derek Winterton’s wedding day September 1959

When Sheila Winterton’s husband Derek developed dementia in 2008 she cared for him at home. However his increasingly challenging behavior meant Shelia had to find help to get her life and their relationship back. Derek has been at Clifden House Dementia Care Centre, Seaford for the last 18 months. This is their story.

Sheila Winterton, 76 and her husband Derek, 80, married in 1959. They’ve lived in Eastbourne all their lives where they raised their son and daughter. Sheila worked in a care home, Derek worked as lift engineer.

Should You Keep Your Elder Relative Home After a Dementia Diagnosis?

If you have an elder relative that was diagnosed with dementia, it may seem like acting fast to move him or her into a professional care facility is the best option. After all, you want to ensure their safety. However, moving anyone into a nursing home or assisted living facility is a big change that can cause feelings of anxiety. Depending on the details of your loved one’s case, it may be a better idea to keep your elder relative in their home and offer support.

Speak with the Family

Sunrise Senior Living of Southbourne Receives ‘Outstanding’ Rating by the Care Quality Commission

Sunrise Senior Living of Southbourne has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care services in England. Just 1% of care homes have received this rating so far.

The rating has been announced following an inspection in October 2015, and the report detailed how Sunrise of Southbourne “…benchmarks good practice, shares learning, and makes changes for continual improvement”.

Fire Risk Assessments for Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMOs)

It was reported recently that a property landlord in Nottingham was fined over £3,000 because he was negligent in protecting his tenants from the risk of fire. The amount of the fine is sending out a strong message to landlords the importance of protecting their tenants from these risks.

You may be thinking that the law is only in place for people running a business and renting out several properties. You will be wrong in this assumption. The law also applies to private individuals looking to rent out their properties – all landlords have a duty of care to their tenants.

Guest Blog: Dental Destination: How Central Europe became a dental tourism hotspot

By Matthew Wilcher

Britain’s dental healthcare industry is in dire need of reformation. NHS waiting lists are the longest they have ever been, private practices are overwhelmed by demand and patients are being chronically overcharged for even the most minor surgery. The situation for those needing treatment is such that pound stores and high street chemists across the UK are even selling DIY dental kits - arcane instructions included - for those wanting a quick, cheap fix.

Four Seasons’ Quality of Life Programme wins silver National Customer Experience Award

5th October 2015: Four Seasons Health Care’s ground-breaking Quality of Life Programme has won silver in the UK Customer Experience Awards 2015. The award recognises how it has raised the game in listening to residents’ to give them the experience they want.

The awards showcase best practice by companies across all sectors to improve their customers’ experience of their services.

Guest Blog: Managing the Physical Demands of Old Age

By Andrew Atkinson on behalf of MobilitySmart

As any formal or informal carer will know, old age brings physical demands. Many of the things that we learn during our childhood and take for granted through our younger adult years can again become a burden as we age. Growing older can bring mobility difficulties and other physical demands that have the potential to become undignified, unless they’re properly managed by those that are providing care and support.

Mobility Struggles