How to look for a care home



When searching for a care home locally, whether it is for yourself or your loved ones, it is utmost important that the person feels comfortable in their choice and that the home has the absolute right ambiance as well as facilities to meet all required needs. In the UK alone, there are more than thousands of care homes available providing various types of care. Subsequently, there are many ways to find the right care home one needs; major care home providers offers search services and many other directory services out there can help as well, for instance, Bupa, Sunrise and CareUK all provide excellent customer services.

Many people would prefer to phone or write to a number of homes and ask about the level of care provided, the fees and the waiting list. On top of the information collected, it is also very important to visit the homes that seem promising. Our editor Ray Stephens have recently found a specialised online service from that helps people looking for care homes around the UK.

Last but not least, one should always check the quality inspection reports from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) or the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) in Northern Ireland.

One book that will change how you look for care homes

Best Guide to UK Care Homes‘ is the book that you cannot afford to miss in 2014!

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This copy, which is the No. 1 recommended guide by various UK Care Homes experts, has been completely updated and revised for 2014. Written by 3 leading care home experts from Harvard University, the London School of Economics and myself, this volume covers all the key questions concerning various elderly care options available in the UK today, choosing different types of care, care funding advice, care home check-list and FAQs.

It is available in the Top 10 best-sellers under ‘Ageing Parents’ category on Amazon now. The book has special Kindle enabled features. However, this copy does NOT require an Amazon kindle device. It can be read on your computer, or even on your iPhone, or Blackberry, or Android phone, or Windows 7 phone, or any tablet devices!

Alzheimer’s cure is near

The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neuro-degenerative disease has been hailed as the ‘turning point’ in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. More work is needed to develop a drug that could be taken by patients. But scientists say a resulting medicine could treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other

Medical professor from University of London expresses that the finding is a turning point in medical history to control and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Many other experts in the field also deem it as a landmark study.

When a virus hijacks a brain cell it leads to a build-up of viral proteins. Cell responds by shutting down nearly all protein production in order to halt the virus’s spread. However, many neurodegenerative diseases involve the production of faulty or misfolded proteins. These activate the same defences, but with more severe consequences.

The director of research at the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK stresses that targeting a mechanism relevant to a number of neurodegenerative diseases could yield a single drug with wide-reaching benefits, but this compound is till at an early stage.

Have you found your care home in August?

Have you found your care home in August? CareHomesJournal aims to bring you the latest news of your interest!

Death rate soars!

Care homes’ future?

CQC Strategy and Business Plan for care homes to 2016

Care industry entrepreneur Udhi Silva emphasises ‘cost control’


What do you enjoy the most about working in care home industry?

Albeit I support the care industry with cost savings what I love about this industry is the dedication and passion those people that work in care settings have for their clients. I am honestly overwhelmed by some of the nurses, managers and carers I have met and the extent that they treat their clients as though they are their own family. It is very rare to come across people who have such admiration for the work they do and a lot of other industries can benefit from learning about this. One thing that is evident within the corporate side of the industry is that attention to standards is second to none.


What are some of the areas that the care home industry can improve?

Cost control. Over the last couple of years we have seen some fantastic organisations go under due to bad management and a neglect on resources and poor financial management. I have worked with several multi site and individual care homes and I regularly uncover savings in excess off 20-50% off their janitorial supplies, stationery, toners and utilities. These funds can be reinvested back into the client care to support the needs of our demanding population. Operators need to be more vigilant and focus on controlling cost without compromising on quality.


What are some steps you home have taken to manage through the current climate of economic uncertainty?

Organisations should adopt savings experts like who aim to work with care operators to determine the best value solutions on reducing procurement and sourcing costs and reducing time spent on ordering. Pennies make the pounds and a lot of operators get blinded by trying to struggle to win cost effective deals off the local authorities and then fail to evaluate where back office costs can be reduced without impacting the cost and service for the clients.


care-home-Udhi SilvaUdhi Silva, Entrepreneur, Director and Co Founder of Medical Supermarket. HealthCare’s largest one stop shop for consumables, services and equipment.

CQC allowed 4000 care homes to break the law


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More than 4000 care homes are being allowed by regulators to break the law, with no registered manager in charge of all residents at homes. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has turned a blind eye to the failing, even hough its chief executive has admitted that said such homes are far more likely to be putting vulnerable people at risk.

There are more than 3900 care homes in the market operating without a registered manager according to a recent report to CQC. Registered managers of care homes are supposed to be held accountable for the quality of services in care homes and be held accountable for failings.

CQC chief executive David Behan said, in a recent interview,  that the organisation is preparing to use powers of prosecution against persistent offenders including issuing fines. He insisted, homes without a registered manager have very high levels of non-compliance and it is not acceptable to run a home without a registered manager in place and to do so will result in a sanction.

Record numbers of warnings sent to care homes over illegally poor standards

More than 900 notices have been issued by the health watchdog in the past year, indicating that institutions could be closed or prosecuted without urgent action to improve, Record numbers of warnings sent to care homes over illegally poor standards

Inspectors found staff falsifying medical records and failing to investigate claims of abuse, while residents were put at risk from scalding water, and left in filthy and unheated rooms. The figures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) show that the number of official warnings issued has risen by 43 per cent, from just over 600, in just one year. Experts said the catalogue of failings exposed a crisis in the care home sector even greater than the recent Keogh investigation into hospitals with high death rates.

Patients’ groups expressed fears that the residential homes identified as failing could be “the tip of the iceberg” as CQC’s own management has admitted that the current inspection system, which is about to be overhauled, is “totally flawed” and has missed a series of scandals.

Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General of Age UK said: “Older people and their families deserve to have confidence that the services they use will provide high quality care, yet clearly there is still a long way to go before this is the reality across the board.”

A spokesman for CQC said the watchdog was drawing up plans for a new “tougher more effective” approach to regulation in social care, which will go to public consultation.

Obama ex-advisor calls on coalition government to revitalise NHS

Barack Obama’s former health advisor has called on UK Government officials to lead change within the NHS, restoring it to its former glory and ensuring patient safety and high standards of care.

care-home-corridor-Obama ex-advisor calls on coalition government to revitalise NHSProfessor Don Berwick, a self-professed “great admirer of the NHS” being asked by Prime Minister David Cameron  to carry out a review of the health service in the wake of the Francis Inquiry earlier this year, which found appalling neglect at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between 2005 and 2009. As part of the report, Professor Berwick wrote an open letter to Government officials and health bosses, outlining the issues such as “partial loss of focus on quality and safety as primary aims, inadequate openness to the voices of patients and carers, insufficient skills in safety and improvement”, and suggesting how they can lead change.

After publishing the paper, Professor Berwick said: “I am a great admirer of the NHS – it has been, and still is, very respected around the world. This report is one of a number of recent reports that, taken together, provide the NHS with a real opportunity to deliver the safest healthcare in the world. In any organisation, mistakes will happen and problems will arise, but we shouldn’t accept harm to patients as inevitable. By introducing an even more transparent culture, one where mistakes are learnt from, where the wonderful staff of the NHS are support to learn and grow in their capacity to improve the NHS, and patients are always put first, the NHS will see real and lasting change.”

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who last month promised to tackled “mediocrity” in the NHS following Sir Bruce Keogh’s review of 14 NHS hospitals with high mortality rates, has praised Professor Berwick’s report and pledged to support NHS staff, helping them to become world leaders of patient safety. He said: “For too long, patient safety and compassionate care have been secondary concerns in parts of the NHS and this has to change. I want to get to a point where every patient has confidence that their care will be safe and where every member of NHS staff feels supported to make safe, high quality care the priority.

George McNamara, head of policy and public affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society, agrees with the recommendations and hopes they are extended to ensure the safety of dementia patients in hospitals. He said: “We shouldn’t need a report to tell us that safety and quality care should be at the heart of the NHS, but as Don Berwick shows, too often they are being bypassed. For too long vulnerable older people have been the hardest hit by a lack of accountability and poor standards in the system. This needs to change sooner rather than later. A quarter of hospital beds are occupied by someone with dementia and we know they are often staying in hospital too long and coming out worse. We need to see these proposals turned into action and a step change in the way patients, including those with dementia, are treated.”