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ADASS lays stepping stones for reform path

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has set out a nine-point plan for reform of social care.

Portsmouth plans for Navy veterans found shipshape

Plans by the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT) for a 66-bed care home for veterans have been approved by Portsmouth City Council.

M4D Radio is a hit with 30,000 listeners in first month

The internet radio station for people living with dementia and their carers launched by the Music for Dementia charity has notched over 30,000 listeners since launching last month.

Mears signs £150m Cornwall extra care deal

Mears has entered into a partnership with Cornwall Council to provide 750 extra care homes in a deal worth £150m.

Care UK poised for nose around Parsons Grange

Care UK is preparing to open its completed 68-bed care home in Shinfield near Reading.

Care home visits set to return as government publishes guidance

Care home residents are set to be reunited with friends and family as visits begin again in England following the publication of long-awaited guidance by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Advinia turns up green heat with ground pumps

Advinia Health Care is to install green heating systems in multiple care homes in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

NCF: mandatory insurance ‘best way’ for care funding reform

Mandatory social care insurance appears to be the best option for long-term funding reform, according to the National Care Forum (NCF).

Care England: need for merger is ‘complete myth'

Care England has scotched suggestions that social care organisations should merge to strengthen lobbying efforts for post-Covid sector reform.

McCarthy and Stone builds £100m land acquisition fund

Retirement living developer McCarthy and Stone has launched a £100m land acquisition fund as it seeks to redevelop sites occupied by residential care homes, GP surgeries and other medical premises.

Scots give nod to care home in Aberdeen hotel grounds

The Scottish government has given the green light to plans by Meallmore to build a 65-bed care home in the grounds of a hotel in Aberdeen.

Hampshire Council goes back to the future with ‘cobot’ trial

Hampshire County Council has become the first UK local authority to trial so-called cobots – robotic lower back harnesses - in the UK care sector.

Merged care organisations ‘would speak more loudly’

Social care organisations like Care England, the National Care Association (NCA), United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and the National Care Forum (NCF) should merge to strengthen lobbying efforts, according to Independent Care Group (ICG).

All's well for Berkley Care plans in Stratford-upon-Avon

Berkley Care has won the right to build a 95-bed care home in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire.

Top care civil servant quits unexpectedly

The director-general for adult social care at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has stepped down from her job in a surprise move.

New Care snaps up Salford site for 71-bed home

Care home operator New Care has acquired a one-acre site near Salford with a view to building a consented 71-bed facility.

Greensleeves tunes up for Ipswich opening

London provider Greensleeves Care is close to completion of its Henley House 66-bed residential and dementia care home in Ipswich.

University to sample music therapy impact on care residents

Middlesex University researchers are to study the impact of music therapy on elderly people who live in care homes and are suffering from cognitive decline.

‘Unique’ Aberdeen retirement village plans filed

A planning application to develop a retirement community consisting of around 60 dwellings and 20-bed nursing home has been filed with Aberdeen City Council.

Lords committee: social care sector needs £8bn now

The House of Lords economic affairs committee has written to Care Minister Helen Whately urging the government to provide £8bn of immediate funding to improve care quality.