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Male care worker urges young men to consider a career in care

Developing the next generation of care staff
 “More must be done to encourage young men to consider a career in the care sector,” says Jarred Stansfield, a 20-year-old care assistant in Surrey and one of Anchor’s youngest employees.

Jarred Stansfield

Having left college at 17, Mr Stansfield flitted between different jobs for two years before finding a role he says has helped…

Care Home fined after fall from window

How often do you check your care homes window restrictors?
The following incident which happened in 2013 re-inforces the need to be vigilant in keeping a regular check on simple safety measures within your care home designed to keep residents from risk of harm.  Take a moment to check your windows and make sure you have a regular inspection routine set up to identify and if necessary replac…

Bed rail safety – do you have it covered?

York care home owner prosecuted

Published: 11 April 2017Categories: Public

The Care Quality Commission have prosecuted the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, owner of Lamel Beeches care home in York, for failing to provide care and treatment that is safe.
The prosecution followed the death of resident Alfred Colley, who fractured his hip after falling out of bed.

When CQC  inspected…

CQC Comment on Channel 4 Dispatches: Bupa Care Homes Undercover

CQC Comment on Bupa Care Homes Undercover

Published: 19 June 2017Categories: Public

Commenting on Monday 19 June on the Dispatches programme, Bupa Care Homes Undercover¸ Andrea Sutcliffe, the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care said:
“The examples of poor care and a culture of inappropriate, institutionalised practice highlighted by this…

Bed blocking crisis – care homes offer a solution

Bed Blocking crisis to cost the NHS £3.3billion in the next five years.
This is the suggestion made by the think tank ResPublica in its report Care after Cure: creating a fast track pathway from hospitals to homes.   

The report suggests that around 8,500 people a day occupy NHS hospital beds even though they are medically fit and ready for discharge or transfer to a care home.  T…

Lottery funds dementia care home gardens

care home garden

Thirty care homes are to have their gardens landscaped using a £1.3m National Lottery grant to improve the well-being of patients with dementia.
The Learning Through Landscapes charity said outdoor spaces in many dementia care homes were rarely used but residents missed their own gardens.

It follows a pilot project at a care home in Herne Bay, Kent, which was given a seaside area.

A beac…

Residential care – direct payments delayed until 2020

residents waiting for direct payments

Community Care has reported the government has delayed the planned implementation of direct payments for long-term residential care until 2020.
Following a pilot in 17 local authorities the Department of Health had been intending to introduce the policy in 2016 under the Care Act 2014, but it has now decided to delay this for four years, meaning that in most authorities, direct payments w…

Safe use of bed rails in care homes

carer holding an older persons hand

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has re-published guidance on the correct and safe use of bed rails in residential and nursing care homes.
Bed rails are often also know as side rails, cotsides and safety sides.  Bed rails are used to prevent bed occupants from falling out of bed and injuring themselves.  They are not designed or intended to to prevent people from…

Legionella control in care homes

Run A Care Home sopecialist consultants to the care home sector

Control measures and routine procedures for the prevention of legionella in care homes are important tasks that need to be undertaken regularly.
Sadly, these measures for legionella control in care homes  are often overlooked and the reasons behind them not fully understood by the staff given the role of managing the process.
Very often we will audit a care home and find that housekeeping…

Care homes can help the birds

Run A Care Home encourages care homes to feed the birds

Residential and Nursing care homes across the UK can really make a difference to birds this winter by providing fresh food and water to help our feathered friends get through the cold period.  So if you run or manage a care home why not try it and see how your residents can get involved.
Feeding the birds not only helps many of them to survive, but also provides a meaningful activity that…

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