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New white paper 'Optimising staff resource to improve care for an ageing population'
August 2015 | New white paper 'Optimising staff resource to improve care for an ageing population'
EVIDENCE from Autotime shows how integrated workforce management solutions can help care homes improve the quality of care for the UK's ageing population and increase profitability. 
In its white paper; 'Optimising staff resource to improve care for an ageing population', Auto Time explains how the UK's growing and ageing population - which is expected to increase 9.6 million to 73.3 million by 2037 - combined with financial constraints and public pressure is placing the care home sector under increased strain to deliver high quality care cost-effectively. 
The white paper outlines how replacing paper-based processes with an automated workforce management solution can make a real difference to care delivery and assist care providers to achieve cost savings and efficiencies from their workforce. 
It details how care homes can overcome the persistent challenges of administration time, financial pressures, agency costs, increased regulations and staff shortages. 
Paski Matarazzo, marketing director at Auto Time Solutions, said: 'Poor workforce planning together with a chronic staff shortage has led to many care providers relying on expensive agency staff to plug skills gaps.  
'This has left care homes, already operating at fine profit margins and threatened by public spending cuts, facing soaring costs and under huge financial pressure to remain sustainable.  
'With research predicting that over the next decade the UK's population requiring care will rise from 2.6 million to 3.4 million and people entering care homes requiring greater levels of care, care homes need to take steps to make efficiency gains and cut costs. 
'Workforce management solutions can deliver significant value to care homes by simplifying administrative tasks, automating data capture and streamlining workflows to improve staff productivity. 
'This releases valuable time of highly-qualified staff back into front-line care whilst providing managers with the transparency they need to better calculate staffing levels and deploy the right skills mix to reduce dependency on agency usage and control labour costs.' 
On-demand access to real-time workforce analytics empowers managers to make informed business decisions, ensure care is delivered adequately by the right person and calculate the 'true' cost of care delivery to meet budgets. 
Consolidation of critical HR information means managers can better allocate staff resource according to their qualifications, skills and availability. 
This enables managers to create efficient and compliant rotas by ensuring every shift is adequately covered in terms of skills requirement to meet resident demands. 
With care homes experiencing one of the highest staff turnovers in any industry, the white paper also discusses how better planning and management of workforce time can help the industry to address its current skills shortage. 
Paski added: 'Introducing flexible working patterns and empowering staff to take more control of their own shifts via Self-Service applications can act as a real incentive to attract people and keep them in the industry.' 
The white paper 'Optimising staff resource to improve care for an ageing population' is available to download from the Auto Time website at http://autotime.co.uk/white-paper-optimising-staff-resource-to-improve-care-for-an-ageing-population/  
Alternatively please email paski.matarazzo@autotime.co.uk 
For further information call 0121 773 7222.
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Team members bike and hike for youth charity
August 2015 | Team members bike and hike for youth charity
Team members from Dine Contract Catering have raised nearly £8,000 in the company's latest fundraising efforts which saw them take part in a gruelling cycle ride and hike from the company's headquarters in Warrington to the peak of Mount Snowdon. 
The funds have been donated to the Duke of Edinburgh Award - a charity dedicated to supporting young people aged between 14 and 24 - many of whom are from a disadvantaged background - to develop the life and work skills needed to help them reach their full potential.  
Dine Contract Catering is a long-time supporter of the charity and has raised nearly £30,000 for it in the last three years.  
Managing Director Ian Cartwright was among the team taking part in the 109-mile bike ride and eight-mile hike over two days. 
'When we reached the base of Snowdon at the end of the first day of our journey, the thought of reaching the top almost seemed impossible,' said Ian. 'Knowing we were taking on this challenge for such a worthwhile cause kept us all going and the whole team should be proud of their efforts.
Table tennis champ offers top tips to dementia home residents
August 2015 | Table tennis champ offers top tips to dementia home residents
RESIDENTS at a Lymington dementia care home are set to play some friendly table tennis this summer with a rising star of the sport. 
Matthew Daish, one of the top players in England for his age, will share tips and offer gentle practice during visits to Linden House in the town. 
It follows an agreement with home owners Colten Care who are helping towards Matthew's travel and coaching costs this year. 
Home manager Ruth Wildman said: 'This will be great fun for our residents. They will love the chance to meet Matthew, see his skills in action and learn some tips for themselves. We're even planning to hold a tongue-in-cheek 'Challenge Matthew' competition.' 
Matthew Daish is pictured at Linden House with, from left, resident Laurie Wayman, home manager Ruth Wildman and Colten Care marketing executive Laura Rolph.
August 2015 | Sevacare completes Basing Care acquisition
SEVACARE has completed the acquisition of Basing Care.  
The acquisition of Basing Care complements Sevacare's continued expansion in the south of England. 
Following successful contract wins in Southampton and Portsmouth, Basing Care, which is based in Basingstoke, will link Sevacare's London and south coast operations as well as maximise on the work currently being delivered in Hampshire. 
Darren Stapelberg, Sevacare's chief operating officer, said: 'Fundamentally, the acquisition provides Sevacare with an excellent geographical fit and a platform to provide services to private funded clients and build on the existing contract Sevacare has with Hampshire County Council. 
'We look forward to welcoming the Basing Care employees into the group as we continue to build the range of broader health and social care services for our clients.' 
Basing Care, who have 65 employees, deliver services across Basingstoke to around 135 people funded privately or by the local authority or NHS.
Romanian orphans thank residents for handmade gifts
August 2015 | Romanian orphans thank residents for handmade gifts
CHILDREN at a Romanian orphanage have expressed 'surprise and delight' at receiving bookmarks handmade by elderly care home residents in Hampshire. 
The reaction was witnessed by Colten Care activities organiser Julia Puia, who included the gifts in packages of clothing, toiletries and food she personally shipped and delivered. 
Julia, who works at the family-owned provider's Lymington home, Court Lodge, was born and brought up in the small village of Stremt in the Transylvanian region of Alba Iulia. 
The 21-year-old was on a visit there two years ago and vowed to help the plight of a nearby orphanage where around 17 children in poverty, some of them siblings, are looked after by a local priest. 
Julia Puia, Colten Care activities organiser, is pictured with Vera Diplock, one of the Court Lodge residents who made the bookmarks for the Romanian orphanage.
Property News From Caring UK
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
August 2015 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
August 2015 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
August 2015 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
August 2015 | Home approved despite residents' opposition
PLANS for a new 44-bed care home in a Suffolk town have been approved despite vociferous opposition from local residents. 
Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants were successful in obtaining planning consent for Angel Care to construct the facility after a more ambitious scheme was rejected on appeal in January 2012. 
Angel Care's Sandip Ruparelia said: 'This approval means this scheme can now go ahead, enabling much needed extra care accommodation to be provided for the residents of Woodbridge.' 
Tanner & Tilley operations director John Montgomery told the Development Control Sub-Committee the new application fully addressed the appeal inspector's concerns regarding effect on the amenities of surrounding properties and, in particular, those in Godfreys Wood to the rear.   
The committee heard from local residents who opposed the scheme before granting planning permission, but only on the chairperson's casting vote.
August 2015 | Karim adds Valley Lodge to his portfolio
HEALTHCARE operator Karim Rajan has completed the acquisition of Valley Lodge care home in Chandlers Ford thanks to loan facilities from The Royal Bank of Scotland 
He plans to increase the facilities at the 30-bed specialist dementia facility by extending the existing property as well as undertaking a full refurbishment which will provide a better living environment for its current residents.  
The work on the extension, which will take the registration up to 43, is expected to commence in September and will be carried out sensitively to ensure there is as little disruption as possible. 
Other homes in Karim's portfolio include Grasmere Nursing Home in Worthing, West Sussex and Shangria-la Care Home in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire.
Current & Upcoming Events
13/08/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Surrey 2015, Surrey
24/09/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Lincoln 2015, Lincoln
29/09/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - South Region - Southampton 2015, The Ageas Bowl, Hampshire Cricket Ground
30/09/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - South East Region - Canterbury 2015, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
05/11/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Oxford 2015, Oxford