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A North East family run business has opened its 15th care home in Bishop Auckland.
Helen McArdle Care has named the new facility Eden House after the site on which it was formerly built, the Lady Eden Hospital. The company has invested £3.5m into the build of the purpose-built facility and is creating 45 jobs in the local area.
Nigel Dawson, financial director of Helen McArdle Care, said: "It is great to join the community in Bishop Auckland. The planning and design of this home has taken considerable time and it will combine the best of the former Lady Eden Hospital and a brand new purpose built care home."
The new home, managed by Kelly Watt, boasts en-suite bedrooms with showers, landscaped gardens, a beauty salon, library, plasma screen televisions and 24-hour free wifi for all residents.
THE property team at Charles Russell LLP has successfully advised the retired residents of Crystal Fountain Village in a ground breaking transaction which saw the owners of 54 properties purchase their village, neighbouring land and a derelict pub from the administrators.
The Village, now to be renamed Woodchester Valley, is believed to be the only retirement development owned and controlled by its residents, and is already attracting considerable interest from prospective new ones.
Charles Russell started advising Crystal Fountain residents in February 2012 to work on the corporate and leasehold structure for the residents? acquisition of the freehold, management of the village and leasehold interest.
The previous owners of the complex at Woodchester in the Cotswolds, Bluchie Ltd, went in to administration three years ago.
TEN Barchester Healthcare homes have been declared centres of excellence for learning and development.
Each home was awarded the accolade at an awards ceremony at the Westminster Kingsway College, London.
Celebrity chef Paul Rankin, who helped developed the chef apprenticeship programme at the Barchester Business School, cooked alongside chefs at the ceremony to showcase the skills they have picked up from their training workshops. All of these chefs started off as apprentices with and now train and assess others.
The Barchester centres of excellence for learning and development are: Austen House, Reading; Badgeworth Court, Cheltenham; Bradshaw Manor, Rhyl; Fordmill, Montrose; Hunters Care Centre, Cirencester; Marple Dale, Stockport; Park View, Dagenham; Queens Court, Wimbledon; Red Oaks, Henfield; The Wingfield, Trowbridge.
Centre of Excellence winners are pictured with Paul Rankin.
Specialist Healthcare Property Consultant HPC has acted on behalf of private investor Mike Bullas in the sale of two care home investments to Target Healthcare REIT Limited at a price of approximately £11.5million, including costs. The care homes are situated in St Helens, Merseyside and Longridge near Preston. Both homes opened in 2008, when they were acquired by Mr Bullas, and provide a total of 154 en-suite bedrooms in modern, purpose built buildings. The care homes are leased to existing operator Orchard Care Homes with a period of approximately 30 years remaining. Target is a specialist investor in UK care homes and the acquisition sees its portfolio increase to ten care homes since it listed its shares on the London Stock Exchange's Main Market in March 2013. Target were advised by Richard Harris of Vector Property Group throughout the acquisition.
An overwhelming 2,946 visitors flocked to the NEC Birmingham for Care Show Birmingham from 12 - 13 November 2013, the largest show for the care sector, providing 28% growth from 2012 and 76% increase from 2011, demonstrating the events continued growth.
Part of this success was down to organisers UBM Live introducing a new section to the event, the Dementia Care Show, which provided advice tailored to care providers, social services, GP's and NHS professionals that are involved in delivering dementia care.
Visitor feedback was incredibly positive across the board. Tracey Nidds, Registered Manager, Tamarisk Care Agency said: 'Information on training has been very useful and I loved the Dementia Design Academy, which showcased an example of a care home that is dementia friendly.'
James Samuel, Event Director, Care Show said: 'We are delighted with this year's visitor figures and feedback as it proves that this is a growing industry, and with the introduction of the Dementia Care Show, Care Show Birmingham provided visitors with a wide range of content to ensure best practise covering the entire care sector.'
'We are fully committed to continuing the promotion of the need for dementia care and be seen as the leading event in the marketplace within this topic and the wider care industry.'
Exhibitors were extremely happy off the back of high visitor satisfaction, which resulted in the 2014 show already being 80% booked.
Matthew Shove from RemPods said: 'The show has been really good, so far we have made nine sales on stand and have 30 good leads.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 2013 | Maria Mallaband Care Group strike a deal with Shackletons Ltd to be the sole furniture provider for MMCG and Countrywide Care Homes
Shackletons Ltd have been in the furniture industry for over 50 years and are famous for designing, manufacturing and creating comfortable, long lasting craftsman-made furniture for the nursing and care home industry. The Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) have been using Shackletons furniture since we began in 1996, so we know the quality is good and is specially designed for its functionality, practicality and comfort.
MMCG has recently taken over 35 Southern Cross care homes and launched Countrywide Care Homes to manage the homes. We felt that these homes also needed the special touch of Shackletons and we are now pleased to be able to announce this partnership.
Commenting on the deal, James Burgan, Commercial Director said: “We have grown quickly in a short space of time and they have always been committed and shown dedication and compassion to our own changing needs. The Countrywide Care Homes will take our group into a new sector - this is a very exciting time for both organisations. We expect the same high standards, quality and comfort from the furniture and furnishings we use in all our care homes, and we are positive that Shackletons will not only meet, but exceed our expectations. It has been a pleasure working with Shackletons over the years and long may this continue.”
Jason Bloom, National Sales Manager, commented: “Shackletons are very proud to be associated with a caring, progressive and superior quality care home group such as MMCG. Our corporate goals and that deserving of our furniture, is to align ourselves with the very best operators in the sector and MMCG and Countrywide Care Homes are certainly one of those. We look forward to extending our already successful relationship”.
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