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Loreburn Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by Dumfries and Galloway Council to redevelop the site of the former Garrick Hospital in Stranraer by building dementia-friendly housing alongside an innovative “youth foyer”. The proposals will see the creation of eight one-bed and four two-bed “extra care” dementia-friendly homes. New…
The Scottish Government is being urged to step in and prevent care company Bield from “abandoning” scores of elderly people by closing its 12 nursing homes in Scotland. The firm announced its plans in October, saying that financial constraints meant it had to look differently at how the business operates.…
Eleanor Schooling writes that it is possible for homes to support ‘hard-to-place’ children and still achieve a good or better inspection outcome. Today, I want to talk about the children living in children’s homes. While the majority of children looked after live in foster placements, around one in 12 children…
Four Seasons, Britain's second-biggest care homes operator, has struck a last-ditch deal with its major creditor that staves off the immediate threat of administration. The group, owned by Guy Hands' private equity vehicle Terra Firma, is struggling under £525 million of debt and faced a critical interest payment on Friday.…
Scotland's care sector needs an extra £1 billion of funding, MSPs have heard. Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care chief executive, told a Holyrood committee the cash was a "conservative" estimate of the extra money required in the next three years, with more than £300 million expected to be needed next year.…
Scotland's independent care sector has issued an urgent plea for extra investment in this week's Scottish budget. Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, said a "significant" increase in funding was needed to ensure the sustainability of the sector. In a briefing issued before Thursday's budget, the body, which…
The amount of money people in Wales can keep when in residential care will increase from £30,000 to £40,000 from April next year, it has been announced. The move is part of the Welsh Government's commitment to increase the capital limit used by local authorities who charge for residential care…
David Cameron has expressed regret he was unable to do more to deal with the "huge" challenge funding social care for Britain's ageing population. The former prime minister - who has since become president of Alzheimer's Research UK - said a way had to be found to meet the "catastrophic"…
The UK care home market is grappling with an unsustainable £1 billion a year funding gap that could spark a string of closures across the nation, the competition watchdog has warned. The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) said resident fees paid by councils failed to meet care home costs, causing…
A nun "killed" a four-year-old boy at an orphanage, a child abuse inquiry has heard. A witness, who cannot be named, said he heard the boy being beaten then never saw him again and recently found out the boy had died. The witness also said he was physically and sexually…
More than half of care home beds in parts of England are not up to standard, an investigation has found. Some 50% of beds - or more - are in homes rated as needing improvement or inadequate in six local authority areas, Which? analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) data…
Four staff members at a residential facility for vulnerable adults have been excluded from work amid a police investigation into concerns about their conduct. Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim provides care for adults with an intellectual disability and those with behavioural or mental ill health. It is understood a probe…
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