Care home news
A care home in West Sussex has been urgently shut down with residents told to leave immediately after a series of damning inspections by the Care Quality Commission.
The quality of nursing homes remains the “biggest concern” for inspectors according to a new report on the state of adult social care services, which also stresses that the sector continues to face widespread funding and staffing shortfalls.
Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old health and social care student, is the first victim of the Manchester bombing to be named.
Nursing home staff in part of the East Midlands are receiving support to spot the hidden signs of dehydration and malnutrition earlier.
A care provider has today been ordered to pay £82,429.72 in fines and costs by Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, after inspectors uncovered a raft of appalling care failings that exposed residents to “unimaginable indignities”.
Engagement in everyday activities implemented as nursing interventions can enable residents to thrive in nursing homes, according to researchers, who warn that more need to be encouraged.
The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has called for better co-ordination of plans to integrate health and social care in England, in the wake of a highly critical report.
Care for the elderly could be revolutionised through a ground-breaking international study to build culturally aware robots, according to nurse researchers involved with the scheme.
Professor Trish Morris-Thompson, chief nurse and director of quality and clinical governance at Barchester Healthcare, has announced she is retiring at the end of February.
The Scottish government is to review how health and social care services are run over public holidays, including how to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and ensure speedier discharge back into the community.
Care home residents should be supported to clean their teeth twice a day or their dentures daily, according to draft recommendations revealed today.
Two clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire have appointed a matron on a temporary basis to work with 20 local care homes in order to help reduce avoidable hospital admissions.
West Berkshire Council has announced that it will take over a local care home, with the aim using part of it to expand rehabilitation capacity and speed up hospital discharge.
Residents at a Surrey nursing home welcomed Christmas early this year with a special visit from therapy animals Mr Kipling, the donkey and Morris, the guinea pig.
Nursing homes in more rural areas are at risk of falling behind on developments in using information technology for healthcare, compared to their counterparts in towns and cities, a US study has indicated.
Choosing not to tell the truth to a person with dementia may be justified in situations where it supports their wellbeing but should “not be taken lightly”, according to a new report by a mental health charity.
Notts nursing home rated ‘outstanding’ by CQCSubscription
The Care Quality Commission has judged the quality of care provided by a nursing home in the East Midlands to be “outstanding”, while another home in the North East has been told it must remain in “special measures”.
Philip Hammond has been roundly criticised for failing to heed warnings and provide additional funding for the NHS or social care in his first autumn statement since become chancellor.
Medication errors remain fairly common in nursing homes but they appear to result in “surprisingly” low rates of serious impacts affecting residents, according to Australian researchers.
MPs call for improvements in A&E staffing levelsSubscription
Government agencies must do more to ensure accident and emergency departments are properly staffed this coming winter, according to an influential group of MPs.
Residents at a nursing home in Oxfordshire have given positive feedback on a robot seal used during a study into providing animal therapy without the normally associated infection risks.
A care home organisation in Warwickshire has become the first in the country to see five of its homes assessed as “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission.
The Care Quality Commission has chosen to highlight in particular the pressures facing social care services in its annual review of performance across the health and social care system.
A video guide on revalidation aimed at nurses working in social care has been launched by the Foundation on Nursing Studies.
Care home role for only Admiral nurse in BristolSubscription
A specialist dementia nurse has been appointed one of a small number of Admiral nurses based in care homes.
“Friendship” is the theme of next year’s Care Home Open Day on 16 June 2017, which is hoping to emphasise the relationship between local communities and their care homes.
There has been no sustained reduction in the prescribing of antipsychotics to dementia patients in UK care homes, despite government efforts to do so, according to researchers.
The number of beds in nursing homes has fallen for the first time in five years, according to the Care Quality Commission.
Mounting problems in recruitment and retention of staff in the adult social care sector is threatening the quality and availability of care provided to older people, a major new report has said.
New dementia training package for nursing staff Subscription
A free training package aimed at educating health and social care staff about dementia has been launched by Health Education England.
A nursing home in Northern Ireland has been fined £15,000 for not looking after sensitive staff and patient records contained on a laptop that was stolen during a house burglary.
Care homes and domiciliary care firms in Wales are being hit by the “triple whammy” of chronic underfunding, issues surrounding staff pay increases and a rise in the number of elderly people.
Two nurses have been appointed to two newly-created senior roles by care provider Morris Care, which it said underpinned its strategy to lead the way in clinical excellence within the sector.
A combination of virtual reality and treadmill training could help prevent falls in older adults, according to researchers.
A new primary care service that will offer care 12 hours a day, 365 days a year, is being launched for nursing homes residents across the West London borough of Ealing.
Staffing shortages, a lack of training for employees, problems with administering and managing medicines and an over-reliance on district nursing teams were among the issues identified in the latest round of care home inspections by regulators.
NHS trust pioneers new home care serviceSubscription
A trust in Devon has become the first NHS provider to enter the home care market, potentially allowing it greater control of standards for patients and staff.
Renewed calls to address the “serious funding gap” in social care have been made after a survey of directors of adult social services in England revealed their ability to charge higher council taxes will not be enough to cover the new national living wage.
Nursing home managers have been quizzed by inspectors about care assistants administering medication even though this is perfectly legal, according to those behind new guidance designed to clear up confusion.
There may be early signs of a recovery in nurse recruitment in the care sector though turnover rates still remain high, a major survey of providers has suggested.
Herts nursing home branches out into home careSubscription
A Hertfordshire nursing home that was recently rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission is branching out into providing community nursing services.
Nurse academics from Manchester Metropolitan University are supporting a ground-breaking programme to improve staff training in care homes.
NICE calls for better oral health in care homesSubscription
Care home staff should receive training so they can “confidently” look after the oral health needs of their residents and, as a result, help to improve dignity, comfort and infection prevention.
The Florence Nightingale Foundation is inviting nurses working in the care sector to apply for a travel scholarship to help spread good practice.
Leading representatives from the UK’s care sector have warned that the vote to leave the European Union could have serious consequences for the workforce in their sector.
For the fourth year in a row, care homes across the UK are encouraging their local communities to join them for a day of celebration.
There is little consistency across facilities of policies implemented to prevent urinary tract infections in nursing homes, research from the US has indicated.
Guidance on when care assistants can administer medicines to nursing home residents has been launched in a bid to clear up confusion in the sector.
New network aims to connect over 100 care homesSubscription
The newly established East Suffolk Care Homes Forum is aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of residents of the area’s 104 care homes.
A care home in north London is extending a work experience scheme for international students so that it runs year-round, following a successful trial period.