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DONWELL House Care Home and Day Centre in Washington has invested in two new minibuses for residents.
The specially adapted vehicles, which are wheelchair accessible, will primarily be used to transport residents at the home and day centre on day trips and will make going on outings a lot easier.
Manager Tracey Garland said: "The new buses are a great investment for Donwell Care Home and Day Centre. An important part of the specialist care we deliver is offering residents the chance to enjoy life in their local community and experience various enjoyable and beneficial outings.
"The minibuses will mean greater opportunities for day trips and make the experience a lot easier for residents."
DEMENTIA adviser Caroline Stone is putting her pedal power to the test by taking part in a 400-mile ride for the Alzheimer's Society.
Caroline, who works with the society's Gloucestershire branch, is being joined by her partner Andy Cowen, and friends Dave and Tracy Jones for the gruelling eight-day cycle ride, from Vietnam to Cambodia. Andy and Caroline are hoping to raise £2,000.
This is not the first challenge Caroline has undertaken for the Alzheimer's Society. In 2009 she trekked more than 150 miles in the heat of the Egyptian desert.
RESIDENTS at Care UK's Cheviot Court care home met HRH The Princess Royal on her visit to the neighbouring Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre.
The Princess Royal was taken on a guided tour of the£3m centre in South Shields before unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
Twelve residents and activities coordinator James Moore attended the event and took part in chair-based arm exercises.
THE care home insurance market is hardening as insurers seek to lessen their exposure to risk after an explosion in the number of claims.
Care home owners seeking to ensure they have the appropriate insurance cover in place and secure lower premiums will increasingly be assessed on an individual basis, making it imperative for them to implement rigorous risk management policies.
David Waters, managing director of Care Home Insurance Services, provides the top 10 risks facing care homes along with practical advice on how to mitigate them:
1. Employers' liability - remove the risk of injury to staff.
The risk of staff injuries can be minimised by training and making sure everyone is fully conversant with the tasks they have to perform. It is also vital to encourage staff to be alert to risks and inform others about them. A prime example is that of aggressive residents; if all staff members are aware of the potential dangers steps can be taken to avoid anyone coming to harm.
2. Buildings - Implement a planned maintenance programme.
In order to mitigate the risk of damage to the structure of buildings it's crucial to implement a planned maintenance programme as all aspects of a building deteriorate over time. Storm damage is a regular cause of claims; be aware that insurers can check on weather conditions on a postcode basis over hourly intervals via the meteorological office.
3 Regulatory issues - demonstrate compliance and safety of your residents.
It is imperative that care home owners mitigate any risk of losing their CQC registration. The care regulators throughout the UK, especially CQC in England, have become much more rigorous and are increasing the frequency of audits conducted relating to a care home's methodology, working practices and documentation. This is something which cannot readily be insured. Establish a system for evidencing your compliance and safety of your residents or risk losing your registration.
4. Liability to others - put common sense into practice.
Whether this be the medication you provide to your residents or a visitor slipping over, these are all risks which should be managed by common sense. Where there is a mopped floor area, use the yellow warning signs. Always have two staff involved in dispensing to make sure the right meds are dispensed to the right people at the right time.
5. Contents - ensure contents are insured 'new for old'.
Everything in your care home should be insured on a new for old basis, so if the carpet is damaged by a spillage, it will be replaced with a new carpet. To minimise the damage to your contents there are many steps you can take, including electrical testing (PAT testing), storing valuable items safely and making sure the kitchen, especially, is well maintained and cleaned to avoid build-up of combustible materials.
6. Claims of theft - reduce risk of claims against employees.
The legal view now seems to be that the employer is responsible when a resident makes a claim for money or belongings being stolen or allegedly stolen by an employee. This makes it vital that robust measures are in place requiring all your staff to advise you of any 'gifts' they may receive from residents and to make sure you also know if any personal sensitive information, such as PIN numbers, are divulged. It would be prudent to rotate your staff in their caring duties for each resident as a matter of course.
7. Business interruption - manage ongoing risks.
This is the Cinderella of the insurance world, one of the most important aspects of any care home's insurance programme and what maintains your income following insured damage. The only way to prepare for business interruption is to manage the risks to your buildings and contents, so mitigating the likelihood of the damage which could impact the normal running of your business.
8. Employment practices - get up to speed on employment law.
Make sure your contract of employment is up to date and reflects the current legal position. Whenever there is a risk of having to take disciplinary action with any employee, take advice - most care home insurance policies include a legal advisory service, so use it. Save yourself the hassle of having to attend and respond to an employment tribunal, if possible.
9. Water - minimise the risk of water damage.
Make sure your roof is inspected and maintained at least twice annually, we'd recommend once in October, before the onset of winter, and once again in February/March time. Think about using cut off (push down) taps to get around the risk of resident leaving taps on, have your water pipes checked every three to five years and ask your plumber to make sure there is no evident risk of leaks. As flood levels increase across the UK, there will be an ever greater need to consider how the risks presented by water can be managed and minimised.
10.Vehicles - check care workers are covered.
All too often the risks presented by motor vehicles are not considered by care homes, but when a good Samaritan, often a care worker, offers to take a resident into town - are they insured? In insurance terms, this would probably constitute 'business use' and in some cases may not be covered. When helping a resident into a minibus, is it safe to do so? Should there be a hoist fitted to the tail of the vehicle or are you expecting your staff to take the risk of lifting your less mobile residents?
Good risk management leads to fewer claims, lower insurance premiums, as well as reduced costs if and when a claim does occur. For more information contact any good care home insurer.
For more information visit www.care-home-insurance.co.uk or call 0845 058 2040.
Care UK is putting the finishing touches to a new £6million state-of-the-art care home in Cheltenham which is expected to create around 120 new jobs.
The 90-bed Sandfields, has been thoughtfully designed with smaller dining rooms and lounges to help create a homely atmosphere in its six suites.
Other facilities include a cafe, cinema, hairdressers, four landscaped gardens and different spaces for residents to enjoy activities and hobbies. Each of the en-suite bedrooms feature a wide range of facilities to meet people's care needs, while the ground floor bedrooms open onto their own patios, with room for pot plants and garden furniture.
The home is due to open shortly.
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.
March 2014 | 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”.
For further information contact Clare Boitelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 0113 2382690.
03/07/2014 | Elderly Care/Positive Choices - Care Providers Conference, Riviera International Conference Centre