Excess death toll in care homes from Covid-19 ‘hugely underestimated’

An early draft of a study by University of Manchester health economists and data scientists calculates that up to 10,000 more people may have died in care homes from Covid-19 than previously realised.

Pilot scheme for visitor Covid testing takes off

Family members or friends of those living in care homes will be given Covid tests to enable visits as part of a government pilot scheme launched today (16 November).

Legal & General inspired to create chief financial officer position

Inspired Villages, the Legal & General-backed later living business, has appointed Sharon Badelek to the newly-created position of chief financial officer (CFO).

Safepoint spotlights carer safety in Every 30 Minutes campaign

Tech outfit Safepoint has launched the ‘Every 30 Minutes’ campaign to bring a spotlight on the daily risks of working within the care industry.

National Institute for Health Research funds £2m social care projects

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has funded £2.19m of new projects into adult social care as part of its commitment to generate evidence to strengthen the way services are delivered for users, carers and the public.

apetito aims to cater for all with 2020 Christmas range

Care homes meals provider apetito has launched its 2020 Christmas range as part of its Culinary Inspirations product series.

Royal British Legion takes command of Warwickshire refurb

A state‐of‐the‐art dementia care refurbishment scheme delivered across a live Royal British Legion care home in Warwickshire has been handed over by contractor J Tomlinson.

apetito commits to paying uprated 'real' living wage

Care home meals provider apetito has committed to paying from January the ‘real’ living wage - the voluntary hourly rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.

Octopus Real Estate inks £15m Winchester development deal

Octopus Real Estate is to develop and fund the construction of a 60-bedroom care home in Winchester to be operated by local outfit Brendoncare.

FCA pursues failed care home investment schemes

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has commenced High Court proceedings against two businessmen and a company over alleged links to investments in care homes in which investors appear to have lost at least £30m.

Anenta pushes button on hazardous waste audit app

Healthcare waste management company Anenta has launched an app that gives care homes the ability to conduct compulsory clinical waste pre-acceptance and duty of care audits without the need for third-party on-site visits.

Apetito opens registration for malnutrition in care homes webinar

Meals provider apetito has opened registration for its latest webinar on care home catering to be held on 19 November.

Agilitas sells Exemplar Health Care to Ares Management

London-based private equity outfit Agilitas has sold care home operator Exemplar Health Care to investment manager Ares Management for an undisclosed sum.

NHS telehealth trial extended in Kent care homes

A Kent project that keeps a close eye on the health of care home residents remotely has been extended for a year after the NHS claimed a trial showed impressive results.

Kingsley Healthcare makes bid for £12m Norfolk crown

Kingsley Healthcare has unveiled plans to build a 66-bed luxury care home in Holt, north Norfolk by autumn 2022.

Care industry leaders set out manifesto for sector reform

Surrey Care Association (SCA) has identified key reforms needed to reinvent the social care sector, as it looks to improve its funding, efficiency, working conditions and public image.

Rayner: Visitor guidance gives with one hand and takes with other

The government’s guidance on care home visits in England during national lockdown opens the door to blanket bans despite claims to the contrary, according to the National Care Forum (NCF).

ADASS: Social care needs extra £1.7bn funding this winter

Adult social care needs a £1.7bn funding package to support care at home and unpaid carers this winter, according to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

Cornerstone Healthcare scoops top complex care provider prize

Specialist care provider Cornerstone Healthcare has been named as complex care provider of the year at the 2020 HealthInvestor awards.

DHSC: Guidance to support safe care home visits during lockdown

All care home residents in England should be allowed to receive visits from their family and friends in a Covid-secure way following new guidance to be used during national lockdown, the government has said.