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Privately run care homes which fail to provide an acceptable level of care will be held to account, Northern Ireland’s Chief Social Worker has made clear. Sean Holland was commenting after two independent assessments confirmed important improvements had been implemented at Dunmurry Manor since significant concerns were raised. Both reports…
A hospice boss whose arrest cost the charity £100,000 in lost donations will be jailed when he is sentenced for a long-running fraud. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 62, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as chief executive of Butterwick Hospice by using its credit card for his personal expenditure over nearly eight…
An Inverness care home plagued with problems has again been told to make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a new formal Improvement Notice on Fairfield Care Home in the city following an inspection which raised serious concerns. Inspectors noted that three…
A combination of sleep, exercise and alcohol could help prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have discovered that a good night's sleep, increasing heart rate through exercise and 25ml of wine per day can help stimulate the brain's own cleaning system. Previous studies have shown that Alzheimer's disease is…
Scotland's first ever Dementia Friendly park is being launched today in one of Stirling’s best used recreational areas by walking charity, Paths for All. In a bid to make Stirling’s Kings Park more accessible to everyone, the city space has been transformed to allow those living with dementia to be…
A new kind of prescription is being employed by one group of GP practices in Swansea and it's proving popular with local residents. The Cwmtawe cluster of GP surgeries is one of the first in Wales to have a social prescribing worker who can ‘prescribe’ social help as well as…
A care home for older people in East Lothian has been told to make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Drummohr Nursing Home in Musselburgh following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists five areas…
Actress Sheridan Smith will star in award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern's new feature-length BBC drama called Care, it has been announced. Smith will play a single mother-of-two whose life is transformed when her mother, played by Gavin And Stacey star Alison Steadman, suffers a stroke and develops dementia. Being Human actress…
A crackdown on "rip-off" pre-paid funeral plan providers who prey on the vulnerable has been signalled by the Government. The Treasury is proposing bringing the sector under the regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) after evidence showed elderly people are being "pressured, harassed and misled" by some operators. Action…
Kingdom Homes has struck a deal which will see all residents and staff transfer from a Bield care home in Fife. Last year, Bield announced 12 of its care homes across Scotland were to close and has since been working tirelessly to find other providers to keep them open. Following…
Too many older people are living in misery as they are left waiting for months to receive care in their own home, a charity has warned. Older people and their families are paying the price of council cuts, with the provision of homecare services falling by three million hours since…
A carer who fatally knocked down a 100-year-old grandmother in an Asda car park after "accidentally pressing the accelerator" of a van has been spared jail. Cherise Lyons, 57, was driving a paralysed man to buy flowers for a date when the tragedy unfolded outside the supermarket in Shoebury, Essex.…
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