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Plaid Cymru sets out vision for ‘transformational’ social care

Plaid Cymru has set out its vision for delivering transformational change to social care in Wales by working towards offering care that is free at the point of need.

Robot vacuum cleaners ‘cut infection risk by 41 per cent’

A UK government-funded trial involving robot vacuum cleaners to clean floors in 25 care homes found pathogen levels were cut by 41 per cent in three days.

Government mulls Covid jab 'condition of deployment' for care staff

Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a Covid-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus under government proposals.

NCF: care home residents ‘barred from the voting booth’

Care home residents are being “effectively barred” from voting in person in next month’s local elections due to government guidance on Covid self-isolation, according to the National Care Forum (NCF).

Third of care home managers considering leaving sector, survey reveals

More than a third of care home managers are considering leaving the sector after working through the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey by workforce management technology provider Florence.

Covid-related care home resident deaths fall to double-digit levels

The number of weekly care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales have fallen to double-digit levels for the first time since early October.

April issue of The Care Home Environment now online

The April edition of The Care Home Environment magazine has been published and is now available to read online.

PGIM Real Estate signs on for Signature joint venture

US outfit PGIM Real Estate has entered into a joint venture with Signature Senior Lifestyle to develop and operate a portfolio of later living properties in and around Greater London and south-east England.

Charterpoint plots course for Notts home opening

Charterpoint Senior Living has unveiled the marketing suite for its new care home in Nottinghamshire ahead of the first residents moving in this summer.

Care UK shortlisted for investment in training award

Care UK has been unveiled as the only care home provider in the country to be shortlisted for its dedication to employee training and development at the UK Employee Experience Awards.

Scottish government admits care home ‘mistake’ on Covid

The Scottish government has admitted that it failed to take the "right precautions" when discharging patients from hospitals into care homes during the first wave of the Covid pandemic.

Barchester to pilot proof of vaccination technology

A system that provides proof of vaccination of care home staff is to be piloted at Barchester Healthcare this month.

Ban on over-65s care resident trips dropped

The government has axed a ban on visits out of care homes by residents aged over 65 following legal action by campaigners.

Covid-related care home resident deaths continue decline

Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales fell by 23 per cent on the previous week, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

McCarthy Stone cracks £200m capital boost for rental portfolio

Later living outfit McCarthy Stone has lined up around £200m of financing from John Laing and Macquarie Capital for the development of its retirement property rental portfolio.

The King’s Fund publishes care technology report

The King’s Fund charity has published a report on how emerging technologies are being used within care settings around the world.

Galliard Homes makes move into retirement village development

Leading housebuilder Galliard Homes has formed a venture with construction contractor O’Shea and Probitas Developments to enter the later living market.

NCF: vaccine booking restriction ‘unfathomable’

The closure of the Covid vaccine National Booking System to frontline social care staff from 1 April has denied tens of thousands of workers to receive a jab, according to the National Care Forum (NCF).

John’s Campaign launches legal challenge to resident trips ban

John’s Campaign has launched a legal challenge to a blanket ban on visits out of care homes by residents aged over 65 and the requirement for those who are permitted to leave the care home to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.

Covid study to examine ‘disproportionate’ impact on care homes

A Scottish study led by a University of Dundee academic is to examine the “disproportionate” effect of Covid-19 on care homes.

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