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More than 1,000 care home residents have died of thirst over the past decade, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Being left without water and becoming severely dehydrated was linked to 1,158 deaths of elderly and vulnerable patients between 2003 and 2012. Some 318 care…
Three care workers have been found guilty of abusing elderly residents of a care home in Lancashire. The female staff members at Hillcroft Nursing Home mocked, bullied and assaulted residents, Preston Crown Court heard. A fourth male staff member previously pleaded guilty to ill-treating the residents. The defendants told other…
A private nursing home under police investigation because of the deaths of four residents has until tomorrow to make urgent improvements or face closure. Inspectors issued Bupa's Pentland Hill nursing home with a formal improvement notice in August and a new report reveals that the quality of care was still…
Health Minister Edwin Poots has ordered a review into the quality of care at Cherry Tree House nursing home in Carrick. In a statement, the Department indicated the minister had commissioned the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) to provide ‘independent assurance’ that all necessary steps had been taken in…
A national care home operator has been fined for safety failings at an east London care home. Middlesex-based MNS Care PLC was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for exposing residents to a risk of being scalded, and for using potentially unsafe lifting equipment at Hanbury Court Care…
The ENRICH project to increase dementia research in Care Homes in Scotland was launched at a care homes conference in Glasgow on last week. The project will provide support for care homes wanting to host research stiudies as well as for researchers wanting to start research studies in a Care…
A care worker who barricaded a frail dementia sufferer in a room before allowing her to fall to the ground has been struck off. Margaret Stewart then stood over the 80-year-old resident of the Northlands Care Home in Blairgowrie and told her “you did this to yourself”. A conduct sub-committee…
Three in five Londoners incorrectly believe they won’t have to pay anything towards the costs of their old-age care, according to a recent poll commissioned by London Councils. Government reforms, currently going through Parliament, will introduce a lifetime contribution limit of £72,000 for care users with assets of above £23,250,…
Clachnaharry House care home in Inverness has had its licence to operate cancelled after the Care Inspectorate expressed significant concerns about the care offered. The owner, RDS Healthcare, has been given the final decision after asking for a review of an earlier order. NHS Highland suspended its admissions to the…
The Viewforth House care home in Lerwick for people with dementia is under close council scrutiny after it received poor reports in two recent inspections. The council-run premises was subject to two unannounced visits from the Care Inspectorate during the last year, one last December and another in May. In…
A specialist maritime care home, in Banstead, Surrey, is looking to reach out to individuals and families living with the challenges of dementia, in support of the national drive to establish dementia-friendly communities. The Royal Alfred Seafarers Society has embraced the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends campaign by offering a ‘safe…
Campaigners against the closure of care homes in Leeds will attend a public meeting tonight. Leeds City Council want to close care homes including Primrose Hill to help make fifty five million pounds of cuts. The campaigners - many of whom are elderly residents and their families - are fighting…