Robotics in care; a question of trust?
PA Consulting is trialling 'cobots' (collaborative robots) in care settings - and reactions have so far been positive, says Lesley Grant. If the trial is successful, cobots could be an effective way to bridge the care gap, she adds.
A pragmatic approach to care provider failure in Hertfordshire
When Allied Healthcare got into difficulties last year, Hertfordshire CC set up Herts at Home as a council-owned trading company to take on a significant part of the operation’s local business. Steven Lee-Foster outlines the rationale.
A positive response to a care home collapse in Cornwall
Cornwall Council’s decision to step in and buy a care home ensured some of the area’s most vulnerable residents avoided being moved out of the county and safeguarded 80 jobs, says Helen Charlesworth May.
Care property company pulls out of joint venture
Delays to projects has prompted a property company to pull out of a joint care home venture.
HEALTH MJ: Patients’ Association launches care home ‘charter’
The Patients’ Association (PA) has launched a ‘Care Home Charter’ to improve medication practices for people living in care homes across the UK.
HEALTH MJ: Very elderly people ‘should move before a health crisis’
People in advanced old age would feel more in control of their lives if they considered a move to assisted accommodation or residential care before health problems forced them to, say researchers.
HEALTH MJ: IPPR calls for care home funding
A think-tank has called for state provision and the building of more care homes to tackle the continuing crisis in the social care sector.
Social care feels the squeeze on staffing
The increasing shortage of adult care staff has been highlighted in two reports last week, with the sector having the second highest vacancy rate among public services. Michael Burton reports
Why Staffordshire dares to care
Without a national solution, it’s likely councils will have to intervene even more in the care of the elderly. Dr Richard Harling explains why Staffordshire CC has chosen to launch its own nursing home venture
The risks and value of the care home market in Torbay
Torbay Council wants to influence the size and make-up of its residential care home market for older people. Ann McGauran summarises a case study included in the Local Government Association’s Productivity Experts Programme
The cost of the care challenge
The recent collapse into administration of care provider Four Seasons has highlighted the huge financial pressures the sector faces. Michael Burton examines the figures
Four Seasons Health Care slides into administration
Funding has been found to prop up more than 300 care homes as Four Seasons Health Care enters administration.