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Our editorial pages feature top columnists, parliamentary and legal updates, news, people stories, event and exhibition previews, conference coverage, diary dates and business and property news. 
The magazine goes directly to the people with buying power - the budget-holders and decision-makers - which is why it is so effective at delivering product and service information to the right people.
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Forbes delivers a streamlined solution for national care groups
April 2019 | Forbes delivers a streamlined solution for national care groups
A NATIONAL care group needs to know they are delivering a consistently high standard of care. 
And in order to do this they need to ensure that they are working with service partners they can trust.  
When it comes to laundry provision, centralised procurement and management teams want to know that they will have access to a streamlined process for all ongoing account and service management.  
Forbes Professional offers a nationwide delivery of a local-based service, with the security and reliability that comes from being a long-established company.  
Our expansive network of depots and field engineers enables a highly responsive service and maintenance response, which is mobilised via a dedicated hotline at our head office.  
We work closely with clients to devise the solution best suited to their requirements; conducting comprehensive site-surveys, offering detailed CAD designs and always specifying the most appropriate, industry compliant machines.  
We choose our manufacturers carefully to ensure that we are offering the highest quality of both product and service.  
For the care sector, hygiene is always of paramount importance and our commercial laundry equipment fully adheres to the relevant WRAS and CQC guidelines for infection control.  
All of our laundry equipment is available for rent, lease or purchase with maintenance. Our complete care solution gives access to premium products without upfront capital outlay and with no repair or replacement bills for the life of the contract.  
National care groups are always assigned a dedicated account manager who remains their point of contact, centralising all account management for a highly efficient process that keeps things simple for both procurement teams and care management staff.
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Mayor tours new home
April 2019 | Mayor tours new home
Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Dave Robinson, toured a new care home opening in Southport this summer. 
Facilities at Athena Healthcare Group's West Tower Lodge will include an in-home bar, library, and bistro. 
A spokesperson for the provider said: 'We're dedicated to providing Southport with superior care, catering for a variety of needs in homes fit for 21st century living.'
April 2019 | Chief executive moves on to new challenge
THE Independent Care Group's chief executive Lisa Pickard is moving on to a new role. 
She is joining not-for-profit organisation Five Lamps, which provides a range of services across Yorkshire and the North East. 
Chair Mike Padgham said: 'Lisa was only with us for a short time but in that time she had an impact on the Independent Care Group and helped us to shape the way forward for the organisation, so we are grateful to her for that. 
'She is moving on to another, different challenge and we wish her the very best in her new role. 
'Until we re-appoint to the post, Beverley Proctor, our operations director, will become acting CE and I am confident that we can continue to move forward and continue along the path of progress that we have set out upon as we look to grow and develop.'
Carers celebrate 120 years of combined loyal service
April 2019 | Carers celebrate 120 years of combined loyal service
THE Gables residential home in Gorleston, Norfolk has thanked 10 members of its team for their long and dedicated service to the home. 
A special presentation was held to formally acknowledge staff members for their continued work, which between them works out to 120 years of combined service.  
Each staff member was presented with a pin badge, certificate and a gift by the home's manager Chris Chambers and operations manager Debbie de Beer. 
Those thanked included: Hellina Burton - 25 years - domestic assistant; Wendy Putman - 20 years - care assistant; Clare Burrows - 15 years - senior care assistant; Christina Thompson - 15 years - senior care assistant; Angela Robb - 10 years - care assistant; Annie Sazon - 10 years - care assistant; Juan Sazon - 10 years - care assistant; Candy Bernadas - five years - housekeeper; Louise Bould - five years - administrator; Siobhan Donohoe - five years - care assistant.
Marling Court's dementia awareness day success
April 2019 | Marling Court's dementia awareness day success
MARLING Court Care Home in Hampton hosted a dementia awareness day.  
The aim of the day was to give people a better understanding of how dementia affects people living with it, and it was attended by more than 40 people from the local community.  
Attendees included staff from local businesses, families caring for people living with dementia, healthcare professionals and charity workers, who all agreed it had provided a valuable insight into the effects of the condition. 
Key to understanding this was the opportunity to join a 'virtual dementia tour'. Led by Training2care, it was invented 20 years ago in America by world renowned professional PK Beville, who created the experience as part of her research into dementia.  
Each participant was fully immersed in an experience that was the closest we can give a person with a healthy brain to what dementia might be like.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
April 2019 | Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has sold Spurfield House in Exminster near Exeter on behalf of Guinness Care & Support. 
Having closed earlier this year, it has been acquired by a specialist operator from Torquay who plans to invest in the property and reopen it as a care facility in 2017. 
The site, which stands in a sizeable plot located close to the centre of the village, is a detached period property and was previously registered to provide accommodation for 13 people. 
Christie & Co has been instructed to market the remainder of the Guinness Care & Support care home portfolio which comprises a further six homes in Exeter, Tiverton, Paignton and Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot.
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
April 2019 | 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
April 2019 | 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
April 2019 | 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.
April 2019 | 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.
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