Home Care News

One in three dementia cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes

Melissa McAlees (20-Jul-17)

A third of dementia cases could be prevented by making environmental and lifestyle changes starting in childhood, new research suggests. According to an international study published in the Lancet, better.....

Glasgow care homes offer free health checks for over 75s

Michaela Mildenhall (18-Jul-17)

Four Bupa care homes in the Glasgow area have been offering free health checks to over 75s who live locally. It is hoped the new scheme will encourage older people in the community to come forward for a check-up,.....

Amazon Echo among the tech being funded by NHS to improve social care

Angeline Albert (17-Jul-17)

Amazon Echo is just one of the digital ideas being tested out, as a result of NHS Digital's decision to give 16 councils up to £50,000 each to spend on technology to improve social care. Hampshire Council.....

Ambulance response time overhaul: Target of seven minutes for severely ill patients

Sue Learner (14-Jul-17)

NHS England has announced that 999 calls will now be put into four different categories according to their severity. Ambulances will now be expected to reach severely ill patients in an average time of seven.....

Dementia care in hospitals improving but staff not always able to access specialist support

Sue Learner (13-Jul-17)

Hospitals in England and Wales have taken steps to improve their dementia care, with over two-thirds of carers rating care as excellent or very good. However staff said they are not always able to access specialist dementia support,.....

Brain gyms growing in popularity as way of combating dementia

Sue Learner (12-Jul-17)

Brain gyms are becoming increasingly popular in the UK as a way of combating dementia and memory impairment problems. Brains in Action (BRINA) has recently opened two in North London and has found the demand.....

Care providers urged to join Care Workers Charity supporters club

Sue Learner (12-Jul-17)

Leaders in the care sector have taken part in a video urging care providers to sign up to a supporters club run by the Care Workers Charity. There are around two million care workers in the UK caring for some of the most vulnerable.....

Quarter of Brits avoid talking to people with disabilities

Sue Learner (11-Jul-17)

People with disabilities in the UK still face a lot of prejudice, with just over a quarter of Brits admitting to avoiding conversations with disabled people, according to new research. The study by the charity.....

'Six minutes or less' home care agency voluntarily shuts

Angeline Albert (11-Jul-17)

An 'appalling' home care agency which made care visits lasting ‘as little as six minutes’ has been put into special measures by the care watchdog and is now the subject of an ongoing investigation, following a client’s death. Aamina.....

Cancer diagnosis now 'more common than getting married, having a baby or getting a degree'

Michaela Mildenhall (10-Jul-17)

Cancer has statistically become one of the biggest life-changing events for people in the UK, according to new research from Macmillan Care Support has shown how Figures in the report, ‘The C-Word: How.....

Third of continuing healthcare assessments take longer than a month

Melissa McAlees (07-Jul-17)

A third of assessments for NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding take longer than 28 days, causing distress for patients and their families and in some cases, delaying discharge from hospital, new research reveals. The.....

Dementia cases set to soar to 1.2 million in England and Wales by 2040

Melissa McAlees (06-Jul-17)

More than 1.2 million people will be living with dementia in England and Wales by 2040, an increase of 57 per cent from 2016, a new study predicts. With the cause mainly due to an ageing population, the study.....

'Where there is disability there is still ability': Blind man completes 500ft wing-walk for charity

Melissa McAlees (04-Jul-17)

Fearless Mark Baxter stood on the wings of a plane as it flew at 135mph, 500ft in the sky, for Deafblind Awareness Week. The 35-year-old charity worker has so far raised over £1,100 for Sense, a national charity that supports people.....

Hot summer predicted: Home care provider urges elderly to stay hydrated

Michaela Mildenhall (27-Jun-17)

With recent record-breaking temperatures soaring well into the thirties and a hot summer predicted, a home care agency in Kent has launched a hydration campaign. Siobhan Gournay, care manager at Bluebird Care Gravesham and Dartford,.....

Huge rise in mental health patients being placed miles from home despite 'known risks'

Sue Learner (27-Jun-17)

The number of adults with mental health problems being treated in hospitals far away from their friends and family has risen by 40 per cent, according to a new investigation. The British Medical Association.....

Nurses want more hospitals to use animal therapy

Sue Learner (21-Jun-17)

Hospitals are to be given guidance on when they can safely allow animals into hospitals, in a move to encourage more healthcare settings to use animal therapy and also enable patients to see their pets. The.....

Prisons becoming care homes with bars as number of older prisoners triple

Michaela Mildenhall (20-Jun-17)

The number of older prisoners has tripled in the past 15 years, with 14,000 prisoners over 50 predicted by June 2020, according to a new report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. The report blames this.....

Care worker on verge of making it as an artist dies in Grenfell fire

Sue Learner (19-Jun-17)

Khadija Saye, a care worker and up and coming artist, whose work is part of a showcase of emerging artists at the Venice Biennale, has been named as one of the many residents killed in the Grenfell Tower fire. Khadija.....

Archers actress awarded CBE for raising awareness of dementia

Michaela Mildenhall (19-Jun-17)

June Spencer, who raised the profile of dementia on the long-running radio show The Archers, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Ms Spencer, the longest serving member of The Archers,.....

Gang jailed after assaulting and robbing elderly with dementia

Sue Learner (16-Jun-17)

Three burglars, who robbed and assaulted elderly people with dementia over the Christmas period last year have been jailed, with police calling the crimes “heinous”. The gang carried out their spate of burglaries.....