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More than 50 care home staff and residents were evacuated after a blaze broke out. Six fire engines and four ambulances raced to the Hafod-y-Green Rehabilitation and Nursing Centre in Trefnant, near Denbigh, along with the aerial ladder platform and incident command unit from Rhyl. Some 20 members of staff…
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is publishing new standards to help care homes tackle loneliness, depression and low self-esteem in older people. With the number of older people in the UK set to rise to 16 million over the next 20 years and more people living longer…
NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of…
A new report has revealed a catalogue of failings at a Crewe care home, with inspectors raising ‘significant’ concerns about residents’ wellbeing. The Care Quality Commission has issued Rosedale Manor Care Home with five formal warnings to improve after inspectors found it to be failing to meet all five of…
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has taken enforcement action against two care services run by the Isle of Wight Council, after inspectors found they were failing to meet essential quality and safety standards. Following an unannounced CQC inspection of home care services provided by The Gouldings, Freshwater, and The Adelaide,…
A care assistant took a photograph of an elderly woman lying asleep and semi-naked and posted it on social media. The distressing image was put on the Snapchat app, which allows people to send pictures to each other over their mobile phones. It shows the woman lying on her side…
First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced there will be an independent review into Operation Jasmine – the £11.6m investigation into alleged care home abuse. Operation Jasmine was launched in 2005 after serious concerns were expressed about the treatment of a number of residents in six South Wales care homes. Two…
A report setting out the findings of a review into the care at a Carrickfergus nursing home will not be published until the new year. Cherry Tree House came under fire after a whistleblower made several allegations regarding quality of care, safeguarding and employment issues at the North Road nursing…
A doctor who blew the whistle on unsafe practices during the Baby P abuse scandal has said Northern Ireland needs an independent health regulator. Dr Kim Holt made the call after another whistle-blower raised concerns about care at Cherry Tree House nursing home in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. The whistle-blower, who…
Three care home workers have been given suspended jail terms for covering up injuries suffered by a resident. Marie Abolins, Amy Byrne and Katie Middleton lied after 75-year-old Gloria Smith, who has dementia, was scalded in the shower at Pear Tree Lodge in Hayling Island in Hampshire. Abolins, 56, admitted…
A care home operator ordered to close a site in Inverness has been instructed to make urgent improvements at a property it runs on the Black Isle. Watchdog, the Care Inspectorate, has issued RDS Healthcare with an improvement notice for its Marine House in Rosemarkie. The company has been asked…
A catalogue of failures which contributed to the death of an elderly care home resident who fell to the ground from a first floor landing amounted to “gross neglect”, a jury has ruled. Marjorie Keogh died in hospital on February 7, 2010, due to injuries sustained a day earlier in…