First time buyers keep faith with South Gloucestershire acquisition

A group of first-time care home buyers has acquired the Faith House residential property in the South Gloucestershire village of Severn Beach off an asking price of £600,000.

Remote diagnostic technology ‘gives care homes a GP lifeline’

Care home residents are set to benefit from new technology that offers easier access to a GP while minimising risk of infection from Covid-19.

VE Day ‘an opportunity to celebrate power of music’

Carers and families are being encouraged to embrace VE Day as an opportunity to open conversations around music to help people living with dementia rediscover their favourite tracks.

Gainsborough to open taps on bath manufacturing

Bath manufacturer Gainsborough Healthcare Group is to restart production from 11 May while following UK government Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Inspired Villages scores hat-trick of planning permissions

Legal & General’s later living business Inspired Villages has won planning permissions for three developments in Bedfordshire, Kent and North Yorkshire.

Health department pushes button on social care app

A dedicated app for the adult social care workforce in England has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to support staff through the coronavirus pandemic.

Infection Prevention Society launches free training package for care homes

The Infection Prevention Society (IPS) has released training slides for carers to provide a summary of procedures required to protect residents from Covid-19.

Churchlake Care acquires Cumbrian trio via £4m loan

Surrey care provider Churchlake Care is to acquire three homes in Cumbria - Holmwood, Hames Hall and Chichester Hall – previously owned by Lakeland Care Group.

Survey says three-quarters of symptomatic care workers not Covid tested

A survey of National Care Forum (NCF) members has found fewer than a quarter of staff displaying Covid-19 symptoms have been tested despite a government commitment for care workers.

Hallmark puts stamp on construction start of £11m Sussex care home

Hallmark Care Homes has held a ceremony to mark the start of construction of a new 64-bed residential and dementia care facility in the West Sussex village of Angmering.

Skills for Care launches care home manager Covid advice line

Skills for Care has launched a new advice line to support the sector’s 20,000 registered managers and other front-line managers in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-related care home deaths rise by more than a third

Care home deaths related to Covid-19 in England and Wales registered in the week ending 24 April rose by 36% on the previous seven days, according to official data.

Exemplar online dashboard drives care home staff management

Care provider Exemplar Health Care has implemented an online dashboard that provides real-time information about staffing levels across its 32 homes to help it manage during the Covid pandemic.

‘Nightingale’ hotel care home on song in Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire hotel converted into a 113-bed care home to help tackle the Covid-19 crisis has accepted its first residents.

Fresh guidance issued for care home Covid testing

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued updated guidance for care home residents and workers with Covid-19 symptoms.

Welsh carers to be given £500 sweetener

Social care workers in Wales are to be given a one-off bonus payment of £500 in recognition of their efforts in helping to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

CQC instigates emergency framework amid Covid crisis

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to adopt from 4 May an emergency support framework (ESF) that underpins its regulatory approach during the coronavirus pandemic.

Care industry welcomes temporary zero VAT rate on PPE

The UK government has removed VAT on the purchase by businesses and individuals of personal protective equipment (PPE) for three months amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Care provider survey says ‘we’re worried for future’ amid Covid crisis

Care providers fear for their own organisations’ future survival as they fight to help older and vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by the Independent Care Group (ICG) trade body.

Nottingham home sees all Covid patients make full recovery

A Nottingham care home has successfully managed to contain a Covid outbreak and save lives thanks to the hard work of staff.