Walk for MIND

Hi, I'm Rob Boucher I am currently training for a 6 day charity walk in November, it will be on the ancient Inca trail in Peru. The walk will be very tough, climbing three mountains and ending at one of the new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. Starting in the ancient city of Cusco at 2,200m and the highest mountain pass at 4,200m high, worryingly named Dead Woman's Pass! I am raising money for MIND the mental health charity. Having needed Read more...

Should Care Workers have time off to grieve and attend funerals of those they were caring for!

Care workers have confessed to feeling devastated and struggle to cope after the death of someone they have cared for and in response to staff experiences shared by carehome.co.uk, care minister Caroline Dinenage is calling on care providers to give employees time off to grieve and attend funerals.

Care minister Caroline Dinenage has told carehome.co.uk: “Care workers do an amazing and essential job supporting some of society’s most Read more...

Autism can be diagnosed using eye trackers!

Autism can be diagnosed using eye trackers, University of Waterloo researchers say!

Neuro-typical children focus on a person's eye while autistic children look at the mouth, study finds Researchers at the University of Waterloo say they have developed a new, "kid-friendly" way of diagnosing autism in young children. It uses infrared technology to read the way a child's eyes move as they process the features of a person's face. "A Read more...

National Festival to celebrate care workers

Let’s celebrate all that is good about people who work in care with the second annual Professional Care Workers’ Day on 4 September, says Karolina Gerlich, chief executive of the National Association for Care and Support Workers.

For too long, social care has been undervalued: despite delivering amazing care in a difficult economic climate, struggling for political attention alongside Brexit, and being treated as a support system to the NHS. It Read more...

Care Minister confirms DoLs replacement date!

The care minister Caroline Dinenage has confirmed in a letter to MPs that Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) will replace the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) from 1 October 2020.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 16 May. The Act introduces LPS which will replace the current DoLs system. A deprivation of liberty for people in care homes can, for example, involve someone with dementia who is Read more...

First care home with onsite nursery boosts self-worth and cognitive function

The first care home with an onsite nursery has been found to improve residents’ physical mobility, verbal and nonverbal communication as well as their cognitive function and self-worth, according to a new study.

The research looked at the impact of Apples and Honey Nightingale Nursery being based on the same site as Nightingale House, a care home for the Jewish community in South London. Apples and Honey Nightingale Nursery opened in September Read more...

Elderly should be encouraged to ‘play and have fun’ and ‘be silly’

Baroness Sally Greengross is calling for older people to be given more opportunities to play and have fun, saying we need to combat the assumption that play ends with adulthood. Play has an essential role in boosting physical and mental health, yet ageism means “play is reserved for the youngest of society”, according to the chief executive of the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK). She was speaking at the ILC Future of Ageing conference where Read more...

Residents take back control of retirement home after being ‘fleeced for essential services’

A group of residents with a combined age of 428 have become directors of their own retirement home after becoming “fed up with being fleeced for essential services”. The group took action after enduring expensive fees and long delays for minor jobs to be carried out at their 44-bed facility in Gloucestershire. Together, they set up a management company which has control over all the services, including gardening, cleaning, window cleaning, electricians Read more...

Are we able to meet your support needs during challenging times?

What can Family Support Wales do for you and your child and meet the team that will oversee the services we offer.

  Family Support Wales offers a range of services to support your child in community activities. Our staff are trained to deal with challenges and potential difficulties that may occur. Our staff are experienced in supporting children whose lives are impacted by such difficulties as autism and ADHD. Read more...

Know your consumer rights with care home provisions

Choosing a care home is a very important and often emotional decision. Moving to a different care home if the first one isn’t right for you could be a big upheaval, so you need to be confident that you have all the information you need to choose the right home for you. You have consumer rights regardless of whether you pay all the costs of your care or whether some or Read more...

‘Churchillian’ effort needed to stop care crisis ‘dicing with death’

“Blood, toil, tears and sweat” was what Winston Churchill famously offered the British people to win the Second World War but sacrifices must be made again says Lord Warner, to end to the suffering of millions of elderly and disabled needing care. Not the ‘Finest Hour’ Lord Norman Warner, a crossbench peer and former health minister, told carehome.co.uk in an exclusive interview: “You’ve got a real mess. The Conservatives have been in office one way Read more...

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