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Spinney - care homes under threat
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So far 2020 has seen a run of bad luck for care homes as multiple closures, a council investigation and a poor CQC rating hit three areas in the space of a few weeks. 

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Care homes recruitment - care workers on a computer
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Emma Platt, division manager of White Recruitment Health & Social Care, one of the UK’s foremost recruiters for care homes, discusses recruiting and retaining good-quality staff members…

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Temporary contractors – a care home worker services cup of tea
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Are you aware of the recent change in law regarding temporary contractors? Here the team at Lawspeed, the UK's leading Law Consultancy dedicated to the recruitment industry, discuss the new tax rules…

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Care homes are encouraged to take part in the Road Worlds for Seniors 2019 cycling event
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Motitech, the Norwegian startup motivating older people and those with dementia in care homes to engage in more physical activity, has announced its partnership with British Cycling and Sport England.

The partnership will support Motitech in delivering opportunities for older people to remain active through cycling. This includes the Road Worlds for Seniors 2019 cycling event that takes place throughout the month of September.

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infection control - hands in plastic gloves
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Clare Long, business account manager for care at the Professional Division of Miele, discusses effective infection control for care facilities…

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Colin Stevenson of Notable Change, on reducing staff turnover in the care industry
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Colin Stevenson, the founder of Notable Change International recruitment and consultancy services, tells editor Victoria Galligan the need for selecting the right candidate through an effective screening process to make the much-needed changes in the care industry.

Currently the care industry as a whole has an extremely high turnover of staff, especially true for the businesses employing care workers.

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Cristian Grossmann, CEO and Co-Founder of Beekeeper – a digital workforce management platform – on retaining home care workers through better access to shift schedules…
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Cristian Grossmann, CEO and Co-Founder of Beekeeper – a digital workforce management platform – on retaining home care workers through better access to shift schedules…

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DBS check - a job application form
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As most people working within the care industry will know, all staff in care homes, hospitals and working as care providers in someone else’s home are subject to a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check. Employers can encounter staffing problems if DBS checks aren’t done quickly and efficiently. Here, Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan busts some of the myths regarding DBS checks and explores what a DBS check actually is, who needs one and how to avoid costly delays when applying…

There is only one level of DBS check for care workers

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Medical Refrigeration in Care Homes: Safety, Stability, Quality and Reliability
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Medical refrigeration is a topic that any hospital, pharmacy or medical facility must take seriously. The same applies to care homes, which handle and manage medication on a daily basis for their residents. The correct storage of medicines and vaccines is essential to ensure drugs maintain their effectiveness, and failure to store them properly can lead to serious problems.

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Chelsea Court music therapy - Derek and the team are behind the dementia therapy research
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Chelsea Court Place, a residential home for individuals living with dementia, is working with the University of Roehampton in a research project entitled Beyond Words, which uses ‘micro-songs’ to recapture and sustain functional language in people with advanced dementia.

The study aims to investigate the power of music, enabling people living with dementia to retain their speech and help communicate their wishes and needs for a longer period than would be normally be the case in the natural deterioration caused by the disease. 

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Royal Alfred's Anne Kasey on social care training
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Anne Kasey, Home Manager and Clinical Lead for maritime charity, the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, discusses the importance of investing in training in the social care sector and how it benefits residents…

It doesn’t matter which sector one operates in – having the right staff for the job is paramount to the success of any business. In the social care industry, this is more important than anywhere as staff are fundamental to the health and wellbeing of residents and have a duty of care to fulfil. 

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EA Dribble
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Regard Partnership Group, one of Britain's largest care providers, have completed the acquisition of  Learning Difficulties Group Solar Care Homes, Cornwall for an undisclosed sum. The sale was negotiated by veteran Agent Eddie Dribble who has been active in the Private Care Home industry for over 45 years.

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Great Oaks is a home from home
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Making the decision to move into a care home, or to help a loved one move in, can be a hugely upsetting and challenging time so making the right choice is important.

Vi spoke about her experience of choosing Great Oaks, managed by Encore Care Homes, for her partner Derek and how it feels like a home from home for both of them.

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One of three new care facilities planned by Parklands
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The latest phase of a multi-million pound investment by independent care provider Parklands Group has been given the green light. Plans for a £6.5 million care hub for older people in Inverness, one of three new Highland care homes planned or already under construction, have been approved by the Highland Council.

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Yoga for Dementia book cover
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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.

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