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A care home for older people near Oban has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Lynn of Lorne Care Home following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists six areas which…
Residential child care worker, Martyn Parry Owen, from Caernarfon, has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a Social Care Wales hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired. The hearing heard that Mr Owen repeatedly made up stories about major life events while employed by Bryn…
The closing date to apply for a place on the Step up to Management programme has been extended to 13 October 2017. Step up to Management is an exciting new learning programme for aspiring social care and health managers developed by Social Care Wales and the University of South Wales.…
The number of specialist homes for older people across England will need to increase by 400,000 units in less than 20 years due to the ageing population, according to the Local Government Association (LGA). The LGA is urging a "residential revolution" in homes to support the growing numbers of people…
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, has officially opened the latest 120-bedded care home to be completed as part of the council's £100m Tomorrow's Residential and Day Care Programme. Councillor Aitken performed the honours at the opening ceremony for the Riverside Care Home in Dalmarnock. Riverside was previously…
Nine staff have been suspended from a G4S immigration centre after claims of abuse and assaults against detainees. An investigation has also been launched into allegations by the BBC's Panorama of "chaos, incompetence and abuse" at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick. The programme claims to have undercover footage…
Part of a nursing home's roof has been left gutted after crews battled a fire for more than two-and-a-half hours. Forth Bay Nursing Home in Kincardine was evacuated when a blaze broke out at around 3.20pm on Monday. Members of the public came to the aid of the elderly residents…
Almost 190,000 new care home places will be needed in under two decades to accommodate soaring demand, experts have predicted. The number of people aged 65 years or older who will need care home places will rise by 85.7% by 2035 - with 189,043 additional places needed, according to a…
Too many care homes are under so much pressure that they are not "getting the basics right every time", a care consumer watchdog has warned. Healthwatch England said some residents were cared for by rushed staff and were having to put up with things like dead plants, rotting window sills,…
A hospice was among those defrauded by a £2.5 million banking scam in the Scottish Highlands. The Highland Hospice lost a six-figure sum when the phone-based scam, known as vishing, hit companies between July 19 and 30. Some of the money has been recovered and work is continuing with banks…
Richard Banks shares some ideas being considered by the Residential Forum for a neighbourhood approach to designing models of residential and supported living. How did social care get to be in such a difficult place? The quick answer is that successive governments in England have perpetuated a policy vacuum for…
Top up fees are being paid by the families of one in four care home residents whose place is supposed to be free, according to a new report by a charity. Almost a quarter of older people who are legally entitled to a free care home space are facing hidden…