Care UK secures its fourth outstanding rating from CQC

Care UK secures its fourth outstanding rating from CQC

Perry Manor care home in Worcestershire has become Care UK’s fourth home to secure an outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission.

The home opened in 2014 has places for around 80 residents and is the first older people’s care home in Worcestershire to be rated as outstanding.  One of the five areas inspectors gave the highest rating was for leadership - which is spearheaded by home manager, Katherine Matthews. In the report, one relative mentioned: “I cannot praise or thank the team enough. They are shining examples of outstanding, exemplary care. Much of this comes down to leadership and I am indebted hugely to Katherine and her team.”

Care Staff Complete Memory Walk

Staff on Memory Walk

Borough Care staff Executive Team at Borough recently took part in an Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, which took place at more people taking part Heaton Park in Manchester. The group of 12, along with one of the team’s dog, walked a total of 7km around the park. So far, the group has raised over £500 for Alzheimer’s Society. Alzheimer’s Society is a charity for anyone affected by dementia.

Borough Care is the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport. The company has over 20 years of experience supporting people with dementia.

Winter Funding: is £240 too little, too late?

Woman cold in winter

Health secretary Matt Hancock recently announced that an emergency £240million fund would be ploughed into social care to free up beds this winter. 

Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King’s Fund, responded, saying, “After a punishing summer of heatwaves and ever-increasing demands on services, the NHS is heading for another tough winter.

“Widespread and growing nursing shortages now risk becoming a national emergency and are symptomatic of a long-term failure in workforce planning, which has been exacerbated by the impact of Brexit and short-sighted immigration policies.

World Diabetes Day – 14 November 2018

World Diabetes Day – 14 November 2018

World Diabetes Day is a global campaign which was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organisation and takes place on the 14th November every year (the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922).

The theme for this year and 2019 is 'The Family and Diabetes'. One in every two people with diabetes is undiagnosed. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to helping prevent or delay life-threatening complications. Find out more, including ideas of how to participate, at https://www.worlddiabetesday.org/

Care home provider in court over alleged sexual abuse of resident

Care home rape - a door into a room

The CQC is taking a care provider to court this week over alleged sex attacks at one of its homes.

In July 2017, it was reported that Hillgreen Care Limited found a 28-year-old known sex offender, one of its residents at the home in Colne Road, Enfield, in the room of a 23-year-old male. The victim, a severely disabled autistic man, had allegedly been raped by the man who had been left unsupervised despite being a high-risk resident. The alleged attacker is currently serving a jail term for the rape of a 14-year-old girl, and the Crown Prosecution Service said he will not be prosecuted over the care home incident due to a lack of evidence. 

It's Time To Be Bold When It Comes To Attracting Younger Talent

Younger care home assistant with resident

It is no secret that there is a recruitment crisis within the social care sector and recent statistics suggest that one million new care workers are needed by 2025 to cope with the ageing population.

Statistics show that currently, 800,000 young people are not employed or in education2, and evidence suggests that by attracting these young people to apply for a role within your care setting, it can bring new, fresh ideas and different perspectives on caring for others as well as helping to plug this gap. 

However, there seems to be a stigma around working in care which is preventing younger people from applying for roles, this could be due to the lack of awareness and education around the career path available within care homes. This stigma really needs to go!

Healthcare to benefit from recruitment acquisition 

Healthcare to benefit from recruitment acquisition 

Healthcare and medical organisations will benefit from the recent acquisition of Affinity Workforce by CRG, a UK leader in the healthcare and social care staff market. The acquisition on the 11th October brings infrastructure, scale and expertise to the market, enabling quicker and more cost-effective access to permanent and temporary healthcare professionals, and excellent career opportunities for individuals.

As CRG's second acquisition of the year in this sector, Affinity complements the impressive portfolio of businesses within CRG by incorporating the well-established brands of Team24 and Medicare First into their health and social care business.

Care home residents get sweet treat for Chocolate Week

Care home residents get sweet treat for Chocolate Week

Residents and staff at Ingleby Care Home got stuck into some homemade sweet treats to celebrate National Chocolate Week.

Residents rolled up their sleeves to make chocolate covered rice crispy cakes and fruit and marshmallow kebabs, which they enjoyed dipping into a chocolate fountain.

Margaret Salmon, a resident at the home based in Stockon-on-Tees, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed myself eating the chocolate coated kebabs – I had four helpings so I was feeling a bit guilty. But, then I thought chocolate or not, the kebabs are mostly fruit so they must be just a little bit good for me.”

Community allotment sends care home residents to Beamish

Irene at Beamish

Time travelling care home residents have taken a journey through the history of the North East – all thanks to a generous allotment project. Residents living at Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool, were treated to trip to Beamish Museum by the Waverley Terrace Community Allotment.

The Hartlepool Borough Council backed project gave two residents the opportunity to visit the popular tourist attraction, in Beamish, County Durham.

Irene Kimber and Mavis Wise have been lending their support at the allotment and were given tickets as a thank you.

Care home staff get a taste of life with dementia

Care home staff participating in dementia training

TYNESIDE care home staff have been given a taste of what life is like with dementia after taking part in a special training session.

Those working at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, had their senses impaired before attempting simple, everyday tasks.

Thick gloves, misty glasses and ear plugs were used to make the tasks more difficult and frustrating to complete.

This emulated how someone with the illness feels when they find previously straightforward tasks difficult or impossible.

Michelle Park, activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, on Bewick Crescent, said: “One staff member had the small pair of glasses on and had to put a shirt on. It was so hard for her.

“Another had to get pens and puzzle books and pick up little sticks. 

Buckinghamshire Carer Amy Collins wins Outstanding Carer award

Amy Collins wins Outstanding Carer award

30-year old Amy Collins a carer from Bucks based business Ashridge Home Care has been named Oustanding Carer 2018 at the prestigious Care Campaign for the Vulnerable Awards.

Announced on 5thOctober at a Gala dinner in Gerrards Cross, the 2018 Outstanding Carer Award recognises the exceptional work of individuals in the care sector in the UK. 

Amy received the most nominations as a carer who put clients at the forefront of all she did going beyond the call of duty when delivering good dedicated care to all her clients. The award and a £500 cash prize was proudly accepted from celebrity guest actress Aimi Macdonald by Amy’s mum Christina Graham.

Gerflor scoop the Procure22 Award for Innovation & Product Design

Procure22 Award for Innovation & Product Design

Procure22 represents the third iteration of the Department of Health Framework providing design and construction services for use by the NHS and Social Care organisations for a range of works and services. Winning any of their annual awards is akin to a being awarded a healthcare Oscar.

International flooring specialist Gerflor have been awarded Procure22 framework status with a certificate in the Efficiency and Productivity section for realising efficiencies, and in the Innovation & Product Design division, winning with their Clean Corner System.

Compliance is in the air – and water

Compliance is in the air – and water

Did you know it’s a legal requirement to provide clean fresh air and water to your residents? Gary Nicholls, MD of Swiftclean Building Services, and co-author of TR/19, the widely recognised industry guide to ventilation hygiene, outlines what you need to do to comply.

When running a care home, you have several legal responsibilities that may not be immediately obvious. Several of these are concerned with your air and water supplies.