Care groups issue good practice guidance for Covid communications

The Relatives & Residents Association (RRA) and the National Care Forum (NCF) have issued a joint statement setting out good practice relating to communication between care providers and the families of their residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Derbyshire Council reverses plan to close seven care homes

Derbyshire County Council (DCC) has reversed the planned closure of seven care homes after it pledged no facility run by the local authority will close by 2022.

Hand sanitiser outfit cleans up with Four Seasons deal

CleanedUp is to supply permanent hand sanitiser stations to all Four Seasons Health Care homes across the UK.

Hancock ‘off target’ on care home Covid test pledge

More than three-quarters of care home residents have yet to receive a Covid-19 test despite a government target to test all by early June, according to The Data Analysis Bureau (T-DAB) and Person Centred Software.

Coate Water Care circles for Avebury home

Wiltshire provider Coate Water Care has acquired a new property in Devizes named Avebury House.

Oakland Care to install summer houses for lockdown visits

South-east England provider Oakland Care is introducing summer houses to facilitate visits during lockdown.

Financial aid for care homes ‘still not reaching front line’​

Campaigners are calling for financial aid earmarked by central government for social care to be given directly to providers to prevent insolvency as they battle Covid-19.

Lords committee urges Sunak to reform social care funding

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged by a House of Lords select committee to reform funding of social care.

Vida Healthcare appoints manager for Harrogate home

North Yorkshire specialist dementia care provider Vida Healthcare has appointed Gil Chimon manager of its Vida Grange home in Pannal near Harrogate.

Government recruitment platform to launch carer careers

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched an online platform designed to fast-track recruitment into the adult social care sector.

Law firm urges government to stimulate retirement living investment​

The UK government needs to take urgent action to encourage post-Covid investment in senior living accommodation, according to law firm Boodle Hatfield.

Covid deaths in care homes up 14% in England and Wales

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes in England and Wales has risen 14% to 11,644, according to the latest weekly data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

ICG manifesto maps overhaul of social care sector

Representative body Independent Care Group (ICG) has called for an industry task force to lead an overhaul of the British care system in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Making Space slots in at £11m Warrington extra care scheme

Making Space has won the right to provide care at the £11m Harpers Green extra care housing scheme in Warrington in Cheshire.

Thinktanks warn of social care ‘crisis in confidence’ due to Covid-19

Almost a third of people are less likely to want to put their relative in a care home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a poll commissioned by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and Policy Exchange thinktanks.​

HC-One to award full sick pay to staff affected by Covid-19

Care provider HC-One has pledged to award full Covid-19 sick pay to its workers who are self-isolating while waiting for a test.

Providers voice anger over reported delay to social care reforms

The Independent Care Group (ICG) has dubbed reports that the UK government shelved plans to reform social care before the Covid-19 pandemic a “scandal”.

William and Kate give thanks to UK social care workers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spoken to care workers from across the UK to thank them for their efforts to look after vulnerable residents during the coronavirus crisis.

British Psychological Society publishes Covid guidance for care professionals

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has published guidance to support care professionals to meet the psychological needs of people with learning and intellectual disabilities, their families and carers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Exemplar out to set north-east example with £2m home

Complex needs care home provider Exemplar Health Care is to open its first facility in north-east England this summer following a £2m investment.