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Residents to be allowed second regular visitor from 12 April

Care home residents in England will be able to receive two visitors indoors from Monday 12 April as the government eases Covid restrictions.

Virtual event to share Marie Curie end-of-life care strategy

Hallmark Care Homes is to host a virtual event later this month to formally introduce its end-of-life care strategy partnership with charity Marie Curie.

Cruise firm offers social care workers chance of free trip

A cruise liner is offering 999 free rooms to social care workers and other key personnel on board sailings around the UK coastline this summer.

Anavo care home in Crewe given signal to proceed

Planning permission has been granted for a care home in Crewe, Cheshire to be brought to completion by Anavo Group.

Hallmark Care Homes to pay Real Living Wage to all England staff

Hallmark Care Homes is to pay all its staff at or above the rate set by the Real Living Wage Foundation from today.

Government extends free PPE provision until March 2022

The government has extended the provision of free PPE to social care providers by a further nine months until the end of March 2022.

LGA: social care needs 1948 moment

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for immediate government action on social care as part of a new long-term plan to “build back better” from the pandemic in the spirit of post-war reform.

Covid-related care home resident deaths lowest since October

Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales have reached the lowest level since October, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

Single Covid jab offers ‘substantial protection’ to care residents

A single dose of Covid vaccine stops 62 per cent of infections in care home residents, according to initial research findings.

PM ‘to launch consultation on compulsory care staff vaccination’

Boris Johnson will launch a consultation on compulsory vaccinations for care home staff in early April, according to a report.

NACC knocks up 2021 national chef competition

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has launched its search for the best chef working in the care sector by opening entries for its Care Chef of the Year 2021 award.

Devon care staff arrested over Covid deaths

Police have made two arrests of care staff in connection with an outbreak of Covid-19 at a home in Sidmouth, Devon.

Social care reforms ‘to be announced in Queen’s speech’

The government is set to announce its promised plans to reform social care in the Queen’s speech in May, Boris Johnson has told Parliament.

NAO: lack of long-term plan crippling social care

Short-term funding and the lack of a long-term vision has damaged planning, innovation and investment in adult social care, according the National Audit Office (NAO).

Virgin Money to sponsor Future of Dementia Care Design event

Virgin Money is to sponsor The Care Home Environment’s free to attend Future of Dementia Care Design virtual roundtable on 22 April.

New £15m centre for adult social care out to make an IMPACT

Care England is partnering with the University of Birmingham to develop a £15m UK centre for adult social care that aims to put evidence into practice to promote and maintain people’s independence and wellbeing.

Sandstone Care rocks up with Lancashire care home acquisition

Sandstone Care has acquired the recently completed Ribble Court care home near Preston, Lancashire from Scottish property developer Simply.

Weekly Covid-related care home resident deaths continue slide

Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales fell by 36 per cent on the previous week, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

Exemplar appoints Jonathan Green to lead by example

Exemplar Health Care has appointed Jonathan Green as core managing director to oversee the operations of its 32 care homes across England.

New Care on course to complete £15m Salford site in autumn

Care home operator New Care is on track to achieve practical completion on a new £15m, 71-bed facility near Salford in November.

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