Retirement housing – what older people want

Despite significant interest in downsizing and buying a retirement property and the wealth of many older people, there is a distinct lack of innovative schemes in the UK, says David Sinclair, director, The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) 

Using fire retardant fabrics to transform a home safely

There has never been a wider range of fire retardant fabrics and all care homes should make sure that fire retardant soft furnishings are an integral part of their safety provision, says Christine Willis, managing director, Furnish

Techniques for reducing the risk of bacterial buildup

Tony Rheinberg, Armitage Shanks, discusses how new technology can help to make care home bathrooms fit for purpose and how these care home spaces can help reduce the risk posed to residents by bacteria

Designing a space to suit people with sight loss

Designing with sight loss in mind does not necessarily involve spending huge amounts of money; it’s about applying the principles of colour contrast, lighting rooms properly and giving consideration to acoustics, says Jacqui Smith, co-director, HomeSmiths

Fire safety precautions to reduce risk to residents

David Hulton, health and safety manager at HC-One, provides a brief overview of the most basic of fire safety preparations that should be taken in a care home environment and points to sources of further advice, guidance and support

How staff empowerment improves care delivery

Avnish Goyal, managing director of Hallmark Care Homes and chair of Care England, discusses the role of personal development in empowering staff teams to reach their full potential, while providing the best possible care to elderly residents

Resident ambassadors and the benefits they bring

Lisa Rickman, senior director of HR at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, considers the role of resident ambassadors and the benefits they can bring to the home as well as the individual

How to ensure you choose a trusted supplier

Edward James, workstream lead, Estates, Facilities and Professional Services Workstream, NHS London Procurement Partnership, explains how care home providers can ensure they secure the highest quality services at the best prices

Enhancing the process of moving into a home

Sue Goldsmith, director of care quality and dementia, The Care Home Coach, considers how those moving into residential care might feel and how, with a little more consideration and understanding from staff, that experience may be enhanced

An overview of the long term elderly care sector

Keith Taylor, director and founder of AMA Research, provides an overview of the long term care market, which includes care homes, nursing homes and residential homes, and considers the opportunities for new build and refurbishment in the sector

Prepare your business to be GDPR compliant

In the first in a new series of legal updates, Tom Lumsden, partner at CooperBurnett LLP, discusses the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), how it will affect the running of your care home and how to ensure you are prepared to be compliant

Addressing the needs of an ageing population

If we are to support an increasing number of older people, we also need to look beyond our shores and examine care practices and evidence gained from the implementation of innovative approaches throughout the world, says Andrew Larpent, chair, CommonAge

Fire risk assessments and compartmentation

Fire safety is at the forefront of many people’s minds at the moment, and in the care sector, this is no different. Here, Richard Sutton, general manager at Horbury Property Services, looks at fire risk assessments and why it is so important that fire compartmentation is properly inspected

Choosing fabrics that provide style and substance

There’s no room for egos in care home interior design – it isn’t personal, research tells us ‘fit for purpose’ is the priority, says Tina Profit, product manager at Camira Fabrics

How simple changes can enhance quality of life

Madison McCormack, public relations officer, Find Memory Care, explains how wellbeing can be improved in people with dementia by incorporating points of interest into the care home environment, which help with orientation, thereby promoting independence

Evidence based signage and orientation prompts

Working to improve healthcare environments has meant being exposed to a disheartening range of commonly found ‘way finding’ products – especially those aimed at people living with dementia, says Lucy Richards, founder and creative director, StudioLR

Should care homes use antimicrobial additives?

Jonathan Waggott of Jonathan Waggott & Associates considers the role of silver and other substances in addition to good hand hygiene and the disinfection of surfaces in avoiding the spread of infection among vulnerable people

Key considerations when buying or selling a business

Some care home owners and buyers will try to save money by involving their advisers later in a sale or purchase transaction, but rather than saving fees, this often results in more costs being incurred, says Tom Lumsden, partner, CooperBurnett LLP

Improving the bathing experience for everyone

Bathing is an essential element of daily care, and it is important to ensure that it is a safe and pleasant experience for residents and care staff. Dennis Goodes, managing director of The Assisted Bathing Company, provides some useful guidance on bathroom planning

Why you should factor profit into the cost of care

Do you know how important it is to factor profit into the cost of care? Richard Shore, finance director, Caresolve, says too many care homes are not paying close enough attention to the financial aspects of running their businesses. Here he offers some advice