New Luxury Care Home starts hiring process

A new luxury care home being built in Beverly is inviting job applications for various positions. The multi million pound care home named Yorkare Home is expected to generate about 100 jobs, thanks to facilities that include a private pub, shop and hair and beauty spa. It is estimated to cost £6m.

The firm had previously received a whopping 400 applications for a care home it opened in Cleethorpes. The positions available at the care home include nurses, care assistants, cooks and other assistants. The firm, which says it will respond to all applicants by the end of May, will begin interviewing in June.

Jonathan Garton, at Brantingham-based Yorkare Homes Ltd, said: “We will be recruiting 40 people from day one and over a 100 in the first year. “The last two homes have won national awards for the best new healthcare designs and Beverley Parklands, which is due to open in September, will be built to the same high spec.”

The development includes a 70-bed care facility, with a separate care unit for nursing/residential care and two smaller dementia units. Street scenes, with shop front displays and working shops, will be incorporated into the dementia care units for memory reminiscence and resident interaction.

There will be a large covered terrace on the top floor with artificial grass, which will mean each floor has easy access to outdoor space. The 1.3-acre site off Hull Road also has scope for large gardens.

Mr Garton said: “We are taking interested people’s details for a database now and will then arrange appointments for the open days early August. “We expect room reservations will start then.”

Unprecedented amount of insolvencies consuming the Care Home sector

Senior Woman Being Served Meal By CarerSome worrying figures have come to light and they show that an unprecedented amount of care homes in the UK have been declared insolvent this year. New government figures show that 75 care home businesses were declared bankrupt in 2016, up from 74 the previous year.

The figures from the previous years and the current year gone by, add up to a whopping 421 care homes businesses that have collapsed since 2010. The added pressure on care homes is being attributed to budget cuts by local authorities, who have held up contributions for care home residents. To make matters worse, overheads like staff wages have seen a steady rise.

Earlier in march, Philip Hammond, the chancellor announced an extra amount of £2bn in funding granted towards social care in England over the next three years. The funding was announced after the government had been heavily criticized for failing to support social care.

Chris Stevens, partner at FRP, warned that insolvencies in the sector were a trend that is likely to continue this year. He said: “The fall in sterling against the euro will exacerbate pre-existing pressure on staffing costs in a sector reliant on overseas workers to fill frontline staff vacancies, and where margins have come under increasing pressure from the rise in the minimum wage, pension costs and cuts in local authority funding.

“The care home sector is beleaguered due to all local authorities facing overall double-digit budget cuts for this current financial year under way and beyond.”

Care home constructs 1930s-style theatre to entertain residents

One of the major complaints often received from elderly care home residents suggest that there aren’t enough activities to keep them occupied or indulge in some fun. A care home in Dorset is all set to counter that grievance by building 1930s-style theatre in its basement to allow residents to “enjoy the things they used to”.

The care home Burwood Nursing Home in Broadstone, is a family owned business operated by Paul Jessup and his wife Sarah. Paul claims he designed and built most of the theatre himself. The 40 seat theatre reportedly cost £30,000 and took nine months to construct.

The theatre is in addition to an onsite pub that the couple has included in their care home. Jessup said: “It is not easy for older people to get out to do things they used to do. “I think music and song really inspires and stimulates people. People can sing along to a song they know from years ago, but not know much about what is happening today, especially if they have dementia.”

He added: “We do take our residents to the theatre, and they love it, but not everyone is able to go. “Now they can go for a drink in our pub before going to the fully wheelchair-accessible theatre in our home.”

Jessup said that a lot of care homes either could not afford to build such a facility, or would “not want to afford it”.

Mayor of Ipswich attends Monmouth Court Care Home Easter Bakeoff

new_mayor_-_website_sizeThe Monmouth Court Care Home which is situated in Ipswich, celebrated Easter by organizing a Bake Off for the residents of the facility. But the real surprise at the event came in the form of the Mayor of Ipswich himself; Roger Fern who visited the care home and took part in the festivities.

The event was judged by a panel of four judges, as the members of staff baked indulgent cakes and treats in order to take home the accolades.

 “We had carrot cake, chocolate fudge cake, walnut and coffee, victoria sponge – we had all sorts,” said general manager Rebecca Watkins.

“The staff baked the cakes, everyone got involved. Our residents loved it, they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

Senior care professional Kay Fidgett was crowned the queen of the cakes with her Easter-themed chocolate cake decorated with little chicks and chocolate egg shells.

Easter was not the only reason to celebrate for the Monmouth Court Care Home though, as a recent CQC inspection report lifted the ban on the care home enlisting new residents with its rating moving up from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’.

“We are absolutely thrilled” general manager Rebecca Watkins said reiterating the significance of the news.  

Let’s hope, more care homes take up the initiative to organize

The case for Zumba classes in Care Homes

Fitness experts feel care homes residents would greatly benefit if Zumba classes were offered on a regular basis. Zumba is an aerobic fitness programme featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.

Specialists believe that Zumba can significantly reduce the risk of cancer, strokes and hip fractures which are common ailments that plague the elderly. The research found that nearly 1 million cases of the said diseases could be prevented, which could in turn save the NHS a staggering £11bn over a decade, if the elderly participated in regular dance lessons.

150 minutes a week of moderate dance exercises such as Zumba or line dancing, for those over the age of 61 is what’s been suggested by organizations like Ukactive, which feels lack of physical activity is the leading cause behind 1 in 6 deaths.

A worrying trend that’s emerging in the UK will subject nearly 1.5m of the over 60’s population to hip fractures in the next 10 years. The good news? The number can fall by nearly one third with regular aerobic exercise. The leading factor, behind the necessity to prevent such accidents stems from the fact that after an osteoporotic fracture, 50 per cent of over-65s can no longer live independently.

The fitness body also added that around half a million cases of other diseases – such as heart disease, dementia and depression – could be prevented by such levels of activity among older groups.

Steven Ward, ukactive Executive Director, said: “Sedentary lifestyles are sending our ageing crisis into overdrive and this will bankrupt our health system unless we shift focus from prevention onto cure.”

“Physical activity strategies in care and residential homes would unlock the huge health benefits of activities like Zumba and dance, reinvigorating residents and giving them greater independence for longer,” he said.

Enhanced Care package for Care home residents results in decreased A & E visits



In what seems to be great news, coming from the care home sector, a project involving an enhanced service package aimed at improving quality of life for care home residents has yielded positive results. The project has been linked to significantly reduced accident and emergency visits.

The care home tenants who reside in Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group’s area were the subject of the experiment. They were provided with an enhanced care package, introduced in April 2014, which meant residents had regular visits from a named GP and independent support from Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The package was delivered by Principia, an NHS multi-specialty community provider.

Another factor that influenced the positive result of the project was the specialized support provided to care center managers and nurses. The support included training courses and signposting to existing specialist community services through a peer network.

The statistics indicated a substantial decrease of 29% in A&E visits compared to similar care home residents in other parts of the country. Emergency admits also decreased by 23%.

The research was carefully conducted by comparing the data of 588 residents in 23 care homes in and around Rushcliffe from 2014-16 with outcomes experienced by 588 controls living elsewhere in the country.

Special care was taken to judiciously match the participants by age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic deprivation, health conditions and type of care home.

The foundation’s report said that the positive results observed in the enhanced package group were “most likely” to be the result of the higher quality care they received.

Here is hoping this approach can be replicated in other parts of the country moving forward!

Care home restaurant becomes first in UK to win AA rosette


Care home food is usually associated with lack of taste and being unappetizing. But an eatery situated in a small retirement village in Hampshire is all set to change that perception.

The Redwood Bistro in Eastleigh has gained the honor of becoming the first in the country to receive the coveted AA rosette for its food, after hiring a chef who previously plied his trade at the Ivy. Open for dinner thrice a week, the Bistro serves outside diners in addition to residents of the village and care home. The rosette was granted in December after an impromptu review from the AA. The accompanying report termed it as an “inviting modern setting for contemporary British bistro food of positive appeal”.

Specials at the restaurant consist of loin of farmed rabbit and triple chocolate bavarois. Not resting on its laurels however, Kevin Young, manager of the village, said that the restaurant is now aiming for a Michelin star.

The restaurant also features a special puree-only menu that the families of older residents can request if required. An option to provide private rooms or screens for care home tenants also exists.

The village has 220 retirement apartments and a care home which houses 48 residents and offers specialist dementia, Parkinson’s and arthritis care.

Mr Young said he wanted to challenge the perception that older people’s food could not be gourmet. “Food is really important – for a lot of residents, it’s the highlight of their day,” he said.

An AA spokesman said: “This restaurant is very much a trailblazer, and we hope that others will follow suit.”

New £6million luxury care home set to open in Leicestershire

Leicestershire will be the host to a luxury, state of the art care home which is estimated to be worth a whopping £6million. The care home will include all the facilities one could imagine for prime comfort, exceptional levels of care and ease of life.

The Amwell care home houses three floors and 88 luxurious en-suite bedrooms, with private woods overlooking the river Eye. Amenities at the care home will comprise of a cinema, a beauty spa, riverside bistro, specialized gym, a beautiful landscaped courtyard garden, and a dining experiences which will be prepared daily by the on-site chef.

The Amwell will be inaugurated by local health and fitness celebrity Rosemary Conley, who is known for her fitness clubs, diet books and regular appearances on TV shows including ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

The care home manager Chris Batty said: “We are delighted to have Rosemary Conley joining us to officially open the care home and share in our celebrations. Rosemary is born and bred in Leicester, lives in Melton Mowbray and is very passionate about her local area.”

“The team and I are very excited about opening the doors to the public. We’ve had a number of enquiries from people looking to find out more about The Amwell, and we’re very much looking forward to meeting them and their families to show them all the fabulous facilities the care home has to offer.”

The two day grand opening event will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony on march 3rd at 1 pm to be followed by champagne and canapés, live music from a local choir, a charity raffle and a guided tour of The Amwell showcasing its luxurious facilities. The staff will also be providing tours of the home on Saturday the 4th of March from 10am to 4pm. Prices start from £895 per week.

A City In Japan is Using A QR Code To Track Dementia Patient

Iruma, a city of Japan, is distributing this 1cm (0.4in) square stickers as a free service, to help elderly dementia sufferers to reunite with their family members when they go missing. According to the Iruma welfare office, this small barcode contains sufficient personal information (e.g. address, telephone number and a unique identity number) to help the police to help the dementia sufferer return home.

The stickers are water-proof and remain attached for two weeks averagely. It also has a great advantage — although there are ID stickers for clothes or shoes, dementia patients are not always wearing those items.

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New Heartpool Care Home ready welcome residents

A new Heartpool care home located in Grampian Drive, Peterlee will have a whopping 57 bedrooms and will create 50 jobs as it looks to hire potential employees from local areas.

The owners of the home claim short term and long term residential care will be provided while making sure the distinctive living space caters to all needs in order to ensure a high quality of life. Dementia care will also be provided at the care home

Amenities comprise of bedrooms with attached shower, a hair & beauty salon, and a beautifully constructed café.

Adding to the good news, the care home will be managed by the award winning Judith Tully who brings to the table over 16 years of experience. Judith was the manager at Park House in Guisborough, East Cleveland, where she gained the respect of residents and staff alike. She highlights her passion for making a difference as the primary reason she chose to pursue a career in the sector.

On February 18, Judith and her team will open the doors to the public for the first time at the Grampian Court Open Day.

Judith was quoted as saying “I am thrilled to be managing Grampian Court and I am excited to have been given the opportunity to commission my first new care home. We have received a really warm welcome from everyone in the community and I am really looking forward to meeting everyone at the open day.”.