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Four Seasons, Britain's second biggest care homes operator, has put forward proposals for a partial debt for equity swap as part of a major restructure aimed at putting the group on a secure financial footing. The company, owned by City financier Guy Hands's private equity vehicle Terra Firma, is in…
Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, remains the leading cause of death in England and Wales, figures show. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the condition accounted for 12% of all deaths registered in 2016, up from 11.6% in 2015. Last year, dementia overtook heart disease as the…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is being urged to intervene after a care provider announce plans to close nursing homes across Scotland. The trade union Unison said the decision by Bield Housing would see more than 160 residents, including some aged 90 and above, forced to leave their homes. The union…
The UK's dementia 'hotspots' have been revealed in interactive maps. They show the regions most affected by dementia, with coastal towns and areas popular with retired people featuring heavily in the list. Christchurch in Dorset has the highest prevalence of dementia per head of population at 28 cases per 1,000…
Labour has accused the Government of pressing on with its so-called "dementia tax" reforms after a minister said taxpayers should not be "propping up" people to keep their own homes while they were generating "massive" care costs. Video footage obtained by Labour shows Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price (pictured) saying that…
GPs need more time to care for the nation's million older people who are chronically lonely, a leading doctor has said. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, likened loneliness and social isolation to suffering a long-term physical condition. She will tell the Royal College's annual conference…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has mapped out a specific set of knowledge and skills for social work with older people, and a pathway for social workers to develop these skills to ensure older people are receiving the best service possible. Launched at the National Children and Adult…
Care homes could overtake hospitals as most common place to die, according to new research. Just over a fifth of people currently die in a care home but experts predict the number will more than double by 2040. Experts from King's College London analysed data from 2004 to 2014 for…
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