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.

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.

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.”.

Care Home Group Czajka aims to build a future workforce of Care Workers

care-home-cerealIn a welcome step, a care home group situated in Yorkshire has announced partnerships with 5 schools in an attempt to encourage students to consider the care home sector as a source of future employment.

The group hosted a talk with students that was aimed to inform them about the career opportunities that exist within the sector. The Czajka group, which operates 5 care homes, hosts such events regularly and has managed to recruit a team consisting of 350 workers.

The news comes at a time when the care home sector is facing shortages of personnel to care of the elderly.

John Carrington from Czajka Care Group said: “We’re keen to help find and grow the next generation of care workers and this initiative gives us the chance to talk to young people about the industry and all that it has to offer. It’s also a great way of helping young people to understand more about care homes and the plethora of roles within the industry.

“Our talks and programmes are always very well received by the school pupils and it’s also been hugely successful in attracting people to join us either straight from school or further down the line.”

The Czajka care group also operates a training center in Saltire where future employees are provided with mandatory and essential in-house training and a four day induction course that helps them grasp a wide range of skills which they can put to use across various roles in the care home sector.

Established in 1983, the care group is a family run enterprise that owns and runs Fairmount Nursing Home, Brookfield Care Home, Staveley Birk Leas Nursing Home, Currergate Nursing Home and Beanlands Nursing Home.

Lack of manpower in the care home sector, opens the door for expats looking to make a buck on the side.

The care home crisis in the UK is now manifesting itself as a severe lack of qualified manpower for the job.

Senior couple at home with many billsDue to the extremely high turnover in the sector several barmaids, builders and even bankrupt business men are flying into Britain to cash in on the lucrative opportunity that has surfaced due to lack of personnel. This has resulted in several elderly individuals in need of care being at the mercy of complete strangers who have only completed days of training.


British agencies are responsible for attracting these individuals with the promise of a substantial earnings and free housing. Some of the expats flying in from Spain are reportedly earning a whopping 1,700 pounds for a fortnights worth of work. To make matters worse, there seems to be an open consensus among these expats that they are purely driven by the financial incentive and are not keen to take care of the helpless patients.

As reported earlier, the care home and social care industry is facing major crisis in the UK at the moment, but these new revelations could well be a tipping point. Several care homes have recently face closure due to the lack of funds and workers, which have resulted in rising cost for families with relatives at the facilities. The British care home industry is heavily reliant on its workers and the recent developments seem to reiterate that fact.

Several of these care workers who perform activities like intimate washing, dressing as well as supervising the taking of medication are listed as self-employed and that means they are not controlled by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The importance of appropriate research into picking the right care home which houses qualified staffis highlighted by recent news making headlines. Websites such as are great tools for families to connect with and compare different accredited care home facilities that provide care services for all kinds of circumstances.


More than 11,000 care home residents found to be at risk

Selborne-Care-Home-5325712Inspections reveal scores of care home residents left without food and drink

In recent disturbing news that has come to light, strict inspections of the care home facilities in the country has exposed massive shortages of food and drink which have left an estimated 11,000 tenants starving and thirsty. A whopping 300,000 UK and Wales residents are currently residents at care homes with a large majority of them being over the age of 80.

More than 312 care homes from those that underwent inspection have been deemed unsatisfactory in terms of providing adequate service to its occupants. The stringent standards set by the care quality commission stress of the need for appropriate nutrition and hydration in order to maintain and enhance quality of life.

Budget cuts are one of the prime reasons contributing to the shortages faced by many of these care homes that were reprimanded for the lack of care they were providing to its inhabitants. Reports also suggest that various care homes are struggling to make ends meet.

Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC’s chief inspector of adult social care reiterated the strict inspection regime implemented by the government, adding that access to proper nutrition is a basic right and any care home that fails to provide these facilities will be forced to shut down.

Picking the right care home has always been a significant step which requires dedicated time spent on research. But the current situation highlighting the poor condition certain care home facilities find themselves in, has placed a greater emphasis on the selection process. Websites such as are great tools for families to connect with and compare different accredited care home facilities that provide care services for all kinds of circumstances.

Care Home Vs Home Care ( Pros & Cons)

Many of the seniors prefer “Age -in -Place”, enjoying their later years in own homes or to spend time in Care homes. carehomes bannerToday’s seniors have wide range of care options in how their life will look like in the years to come. Would you hire a care worker to your home or you opt for a residency in Care home.

Get cared or Go Cared,Below are the Pros and Cons of moving to Care Home or staying at Home.

Moving to Care Home:  If you or your loved one needs more care facilities medically or non-medically it all depends on type of care you opt for and then decide to move  a care home by considering the following Pros and Cons.


    • Round the clock immediate Medical and non-Medical services available.
    • Trained staff will take care of cleaning room, ensuring you take medication and making bed.

Home healthcare nurse giving medications to senior adult woman.

  • Most senior care offers facilities outings, field trips and Social activities to residents.
  • Safe and secure.
  • Depending on type of care residents can get the services and medication.


  • Resident has to adapt to the sudden location and environment change.
  • Resident’s beloved pets might not be allowed to some care homes.
  • Location of care home and visiting hours to the family members may affect your personal life.

Receiving Home care: If you or your loved one is limited to certain care services or need extra help in daily routine then hire a care worker to your beautiful home by considering the pros and cons.


  • Trained staff will be assisting in personal care, preparing meals, laundry, medication and transportation.


  • You can maintain your own independence and no need of leaving home.
  • You may have control over diet and family members can meet you anytime.
  • You can visit nearest local community centers where you can socialize and enjoy various activities.


  • You may have to retrofit (modify/renovate) with ramps, chairlifts and mobility equipment’s.
  • You will depend on only one Care assistant; replacement may be some times expensive and time consuming.

In the bottom of the line both cases Cost is also an important consideration under Pros and Cons but funding will be available from the local council depending on the type of care.

Are you interested to making a choice for yourself or for your beloved senior family member?

5 Rights Every Care Home Resident Must Know

Care Home Residents have certain rights and protections under the law. As per the existing rules, Independent care and adult health services must be registered under CQC to ensure they provide good care and quality.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) governs the health and adult social services in England, whether they are provided by the NHS, local authorities or private organisations.

CQC specifies that every care home must provide and promote the following rights of a resident

  • Right to be treated with Respect: Every resident has a right to be treated with dignity and respect. The care homes should respect your privacy and your choices, being it doesn’t interfere with the other’s rights.

I won't let you fall

  • Right not to be treated in an inhuman or degrading way: This is an absolute law and protects you against harm and downgrade treatment.


  • Right to liberty: Right to liberty means you cannot be restricted on your movements. It is a limited law and establishes minimum safeguards.


  • Right to life: This right means nobody can keep your life at risk or can harm you in any manner.


  • Right not to be discriminated against: This right protects you from discrimination in connection with your human rights act which means your rights must not be protected in a different way because of your disability or sex.


Public authorities must make sure that they respect and protect the rights when they are providing health care services. CQC can enforce fines, issue warnings or may close the homes if they find residents rights or safety has been put at risk.

A care home is a place where your loved ones are supposed to receive care and support from the authorities in a compassionate way. Hence, we have partnered with BestUKCareHomes to fulfil the needs of a resident in a safer manner. Click here to find a suitable care home for you or your loved one in your area that offer high quality facilities following CQC standards.


4 Factors You Need to Consider Before Choosing Care Home

Placing a family member in a care home is daunting and a worrying experience, choosing the right care home depends on the needs of a particular person and their personality. When your near and dear ones are unable to contribute towards the decision,independent research is most important and can help an individual in choosing a care home. The more the information we gather the better the care we can get from a care home.

Before making a decision one should consider the following:

Location and environment


Depending on type of care you require, you can choose either to stay at home & be cared for or move to the care home which is near to your loved ones.

A pleasant ambiance of the care home also plays a vital role in selection of the right care home.


Services and staff

elderly senior being brought meal by carer or nurse

Providing mobility equipment and conducting different kinds of activities, therapies to keep the resident happy and healthy during their time in the care home. A care home should have a good relationship with their local community to provide better care by involving it local residents.

The staff will play a key role in selecting a care home as they must be well trained and continue ongoing training which they will then be able to provide the select the right type of care for the resident.

Staff should be highly skilled, friendly, approachable and caring. It is important to ensure staff/resident ratios are fully equipped and that the care home has one dedicated staff for each resident at all the times.

Standards and quality

Care home must be registered, certified, accredited, and regularly inspected by authorizations like CQC (Care Quality Commission), meet all the necessary health and safety (HSE) and security precautions. 

Cost of your care

iStock_000009488085XSmallPrices may vary depending on your selection of care home and the available services. Everything mentioned above add up to the price you pay to the care home.




If a resident’s Capital (savings and investments)1

-          Above £23,250 (current upper limit) then resident have to contribute towards the care

-          Between £14,250 to £23,250, local council will help with financial assessment

-          Below £14,250 (current lower limit) resident need not to contribute to cost of their care.

Though funding is provided by a local authority one has to clearly enquire the expenses that are excluded from the funding. Want to know more about funding and help you can get for funding?

 1 Care and support statutory guidance, 2016,[Online] Available at: