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The impact and value of volunteers in care homes

Samantha Ward OBE, deputy CEO of Royal Voluntary Service, explains how volunteering in care home environments can enhance the care experience for residents and staff

Empowering decision makers: the impact of financial software

Tim Bryars, care home lead at cloud accounting software business iplicit, looks at how technology can help care home decision makers navigate financial challenges

Putting down the pen: non-drawing design interventions

Designing gardens for care settings can be both challenging and highly rewarding, but how do we ensure that new outside spaces are still being used in the longer term? According to garden designers Debbie Carroll and Mark Rendell of Step Change Design, non-drawing design interventions might be the answer

Quality of life: a people-first approach

Nicky Whittaker, national account manager at Miele Professional, looks at the importance of quality of life for care home residents and what steps should be taken to ensure it continues to be a priority, both now and in the future

Care home visits: a fundamental standard

Tom Lumsden, a partner at CooperBurnett LLP, looks at the new ‘fundamental standard’ on visiting in care homes

Successfully challenging a CQC inspection report or rating

While a daunting prospect, CQC ratings can be successfully challenged by providers if they do so in a reasonable, proportionate, and evidence-based way, as Laura Hannah, partner in the regulatory department at law firm Stephensons, explains

Stairlifts and home lifts: time to raise your game

As the design of stairlifts and home lifts continues to be enhanced by the latest technology, an increasing number of care providers are installing them in new builds and retrofitting them in existing buildings to make them fully accessible to residents, staff, and visitors.

COVER STORY: Independence, safety, and security: the profiling bed vision

Rob Scovell, digital marketing manager at Renray Healthcare, explains why a profiling bed is essential for people who need additional support when spending extended periods of time in bed

Planning for new, purpose-built facilities

With the current planning system frequently held responsible for the current under-supply of care homes, Ben Pope, associate director of planning and design consultancy Boyer, discusses the likely impact of the proposed new National Planning Policy Framework

The Jubilee Suite: Abbot Care Home’s royal transformation

Josh Potter, PR & communications business partner at Excelcare, discusses a recent interior renovation project at Abbot Care Home in Essex that was inspired by Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

New food technology: changing the game

Ketan Shah, founder and managing director of PredicAire, discusses the importance of nutrition and hydration in elderly care, and explains why incorporating a nutrition app into your Care Management System (CMS) could be a gamechanger

Technical innovation for a brighter future in residential care

Adam Daniels of Intercall believes that technical innovation can be a force for good in the care sector. Here he tells us how considered innovation can help create a brighter future in challenging times

Specialist behavioural support services within dementia care

Dr Zoe Lucock and Dr Emma Williams, co-directors of Positive Ageing Consultancy & Training, explain how incorporating behavioural analysis as part of a multidisciplinary approach to dementia care can have a profoundly positive impact on the support that a person living with dementia receives

Turning up the volume on social care

The noise around recent key policy and fiscal events – the King’s Speech, the Autumn Statement, the recent Cabinet reshuffle – has masked the deafening silence from the government on the urgency of social care reform. With a general election on the horizon, Liz Jones, policy director of the National Care Forum, outlines what the sector requires – and expects – from a future government

COVER STORY: Examining how you can find cost savings within your care home laundry

As care homes continue to grapple with financial challenges amid the current economic climate, an examination of laundry processes can reveal substantial opportunities for cost reduction. Amanda Symmons, care expert at WASHCO, looks into how reviewing all facets of your laundry operations can lead to significant financial benefits

What could the future of care look like with predictive care?

Carrie McDonald, clinical safety officer and clinical lead for Nourish Care, delves into the intricacies of predictive care, highlighting its potential impacts, its significance for the people we support, and the profound implications it carries for the future of care

Keeping your residents and staff safe from harmful pests

Pests such as rodents, flies, and cockroaches pose a clear and present danger to the health and wellbeing of care home residents. Paul Bates, managing director of Cleankill Pest Control, discusses how to prevent infestations in the first place, and what to expect from pest control contractors

Mitigating the risks of scalding and Legionella when cutting costs

Rising energy costs are putting increasing pressure on healthcare providers. Eve Wellard, marketing & communications manager at DELABIE UK, looks at the potential pitfalls of cost cutting, and provides solutions that take into account the risks of scalding and infection

Biodiversity net gain in new development

Oliver Bussell, a partner at CooperBurnett LLP, looks at how biodiversity net gain could affect the development of new care homes

Contracting out essential services: the pros and cons

Care home managers have to concern themselves with a range of ancillary tasks on a daily basis. Richard Newton, principal of independent care home consultancy Opeque, suggests that they might want to consider offloading some of the burden by contracting out

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Care England Conference

Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London
14th March 2024

UK Care Week

NEC, Birmingham
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Care Roadshows - Glasgow

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