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A £4M care home that was built in Blandford just 2 years ago is set to close after Dorset County Council has recommended shutting Phoenix House because it is under used. The council said only one of the 10 permanent beds was currently being used, but it would not close…
Northern Ireland's health regulator has said it accepts the findings of a report that criticised how it handled a complaint about a County Antrim nursing home. The RQIA was criticised in the review into Cherry Tree House nursing home after it found the Carrickfergus home consistently failed to comply with…
An Aberdeen care home has been told it must make improvements after the quality of care it provided to residents was graded ‘weak’ for the second inspection in a row by Scotland’s social care regulator. The Care Inspectorate has now published the findings of its latest unannounced inspection of Grandholm…
A report evaluated the Community Visitor (CV) pilot scheme in three care homes for older people in Essex, south east England. CVs visited care homes every week, aiming to befriend older people and to enhance communication between care home managers, staff, residents, and their families. The report said that: residents…
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a pensioner at a care home. Avon and Somerset Police said they were called to Oaktree House in Lark Road, Yate, South Gloucestershire, yesterday following reports of the sudden death of an 87-year-old woman. Hours later, a…
A care home at the centre of a police investigation into the deaths of four residents has said that it intends to close. Bupa-owned Pentland Hill Nursing Home said it took the “reluctant decision” to shut because of difficulties recruiting nursing staff. A spokesman said: “We are speaking to the…
Devon County Council says closing care homes is the ‘only way’ the authority could plug a £200million Government funding gap. Twenty Devon County Council care homes are set to close in a bid to slash social care spending by £10.7m. More than 750 jobs could be lost and 260 residents…
Scotland's social care regulator has served a formal improvement notice on a South Lanarkshire care home. It comes after serious concerns were raised about the quality of care provided at Miltongrange Nursing Home in Carluke. The improvement notice lists seven areas of concern which must be improved upon quickly. A…
The manager of a West Wales care home where an elderly resident’s disappearance triggered a police hunt has been given a nine-month work ban. Dianna Hill, 63, former manager at Williamston Nursing Home, Milford Haven, was handed a suspension order by a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional panel. The…
Plans for all five Health Trusts across Northern Ireland to review admission policies for permanent residential care homes have been met with criticism. The decision, which followed a consultation into the future of residential care by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), has led to concerns over service provision.…
A privately run care home in Arbroath has been given top marks in an unannounced inspection by the Care Inspectorate. Scotland’s social care regulator gave Fairhill Nursing Home top marks of ‘excellent’ across the board after an unannounced inspection. It is the second consecutive inspection where the service scored top…
A care home for older people has been told it must make improvements after an unannounced inspection by the social care regulator. Inspectors graded Nethanvale Care Home in Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire, "weak" for the quality of care and support provided to residents. The Care Inspectorate report findings also covered the…