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A block of retirement flats has become a test bed for internet-connected devices which could help improve the health of older people. Tenants of Leach Court in Kemp Town, Brighton, have volunteered to trial digital technologies including smart medication dispensers, activity monitors, and falls detectors which are carried with them…
Half of England's large care home providers for the elderly have at least one in four failing homes in their network, a study has found. Analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection results showed some of the 54 providers operating at least 12 homes in England had half or more…
Loreburn Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by Dumfries and Galloway Council to redevelop the site of the former Garrick Hospital in Stranraer by building dementia-friendly housing alongside an innovative “youth foyer”. The proposals will see the creation of eight one-bed and four two-bed “extra care” dementia-friendly homes. New…
The Scottish Government is being urged to step in and prevent care company Bield from “abandoning” scores of elderly people by closing its 12 nursing homes in Scotland. The firm announced its plans in October, saying that financial constraints meant it had to look differently at how the business operates.…
Eleanor Schooling writes that it is possible for homes to support ‘hard-to-place’ children and still achieve a good or better inspection outcome. Today, I want to talk about the children living in children’s homes. While the majority of children looked after live in foster placements, around one in 12 children…
Four Seasons, Britain's second-biggest care homes operator, has struck a last-ditch deal with its major creditor that staves off the immediate threat of administration. The group, owned by Guy Hands' private equity vehicle Terra Firma, is struggling under £525 million of debt and faced a critical interest payment on Friday.…
Scotland's care sector needs an extra £1 billion of funding, MSPs have heard. Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care chief executive, told a Holyrood committee the cash was a "conservative" estimate of the extra money required in the next three years, with more than £300 million expected to be needed next year.…
Scotland's independent care sector has issued an urgent plea for extra investment in this week's Scottish budget. Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, said a "significant" increase in funding was needed to ensure the sustainability of the sector. In a briefing issued before Thursday's budget, the body, which…
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