Wales extends £500 extra payment to all care workers

The Welsh government has extended its £500 one-off payment to all care workers, including kitchen and domestic staff.

Global Care sees bright prospects for Barnsley home

Birmingham provider Global Care has acquired the Prospect House care home in Barnsley following the retirement of the directors.

Webinars to share care home interior design insight

Assistive care equipment manufacturer Accora will this month host free webinars on care home interior design led by HomeSmiths managing director Jacqui Smith.

Hancock threatened with legal action over “protective ring” claim

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has been threatened with legal action over his claim the government threw a “protective ring” around care homes by the daughter of a man who died from Covid-19, according to media reports.

National Care Force hits target with £50k grant

National Care Force, a volunteering platform for social care set up during the Covid-19 pandemic, has received a £50,000 grant from the UK government’s Innovate UK fund.

McCarthy & Stone stepping forward with Harrogate scheme

Retirement living developer McCarthy & Stone has won consent to build a 52-apartment extra care facility at an existing care home site in Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

Housing 21 unwraps Fry Court extra care scheme in Yorkshire

Not for profit provider of retirement housing Housing 21 has completed construction of the Fry Court extra care developer in the North Yorkshire village of Great Ayton.

25,000 patients discharged into care homes at early stages of pandemic

More than 25,000 hospital patients were moved into care homes prior to guidance requiring patients to have a Covid-19 test before discharge.

Crown Care plans for Chesterfield home granted seal of approval

Crown Care has won the right to develop a 64-bed care home on the site of a former public house in the Derbyshire town of Chesterfield.

Audley Group appoints topchef for Danish joint venture

Retirement village developer Audley Group has appointed Mikala Kreiser as chief executive of its new Danish joint venture with pension company PFA.

England & Wales care home Covid deaths down by a third

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes in England and Wales has risen to 12,733, according to the latest weekly data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Home Instead Senior Care acquires SuperCarers

Home care outfit Home Instead Senior Care UK has acquired care introductory business SuperCarers for an undisclosed sum.

ADASS slams strings attached to £600m Infection Control Fund

The UK government’s £600m care home Infection Control Fund is unnecessarily bureaucratic and places an intolerable burden on providers and local authorities, according to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

Care groups issue good practice guidance for Covid communications

The Relatives & Residents Association (RRA) and the National Care Forum (NCF) have issued a joint statement setting out good practice relating to communication between care providers and the families of their residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Derbyshire Council reverses plan to close seven care homes

Derbyshire County Council (DCC) has reversed the planned closure of seven care homes after it pledged no facility run by the local authority will close by 2022.

Hand sanitiser outfit cleans up with Four Seasons deal

CleanedUp is to supply permanent hand sanitiser stations to all Four Seasons Health Care homes across the UK.

Hancock ‘off target’ on care home Covid test pledge

More than three-quarters of care home residents have yet to receive a Covid-19 test despite a government target to test all by early June, according to The Data Analysis Bureau (T-DAB) and Person Centred Software.

Coate Water Care circles for Avebury home

Wiltshire provider Coate Water Care has acquired a new property in Devizes named Avebury House.

Oakland Care to install summer houses for lockdown visits

South-east England provider Oakland Care is introducing summer houses to facilitate visits during lockdown.

Financial aid for care homes ‘still not reaching front line’​

Campaigners are calling for financial aid earmarked by central government for social care to be given directly to providers to prevent insolvency as they battle Covid-19.