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.... Thanks to regular income from the MoD, Annington’s value rises every year. Yet despite the ongoing success of the Annington deal, over the past decade Hands has made a number of missteps, losing hundreds of millions of pounds from his investments in the music group EMI and the troubled care home group Four Seasons. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Care homes charging for rooms after residents die, watchdog finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 01:09:18 PM
....”. Many care homes charge the relatives of a deceased resident for a week so there is time to clear their belongings, but the CMA was told in submissions that families were being charged fees for “extended periods” after their relative’s room had been cleared. ...
Care home fees image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 12:03:01 AM
....And it is not cheap. The latest figures show a place in a residential care home in the UK costs, on average, more than £30,000 a year. ...
The British jobs Brexit makes hard to fill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
....3 million, in a decline led by people working in banking, the public sector and construction. A shortage of labour is starting to be felt across the economy, from construction, farming and manufacturing to care homes, hotels and restaurants. ...
Residential care costs 'can soak up over 50% of property values' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 07:01:30 AM
. The cost of an average stay in a residential care home can swallow up more than half the value of an individual’s house in some parts of the country, according to new research. ...
Student digs in Britain giving first-class returns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 03:40:59 PM
.... Analysts expect a similar number of transactions this year but say the UK market is already starting to look “mature” and investors are now looking further afield to build upmarket student accommodation across Europe. Last month, according to a construction survey by Barbour ABI, the value of contracts awarded to build student housing projects in the UK totalled more than the deals to build care homes, housing associations, local authority housing and sheltered housing added together. ...
Care homes say extra £2bn from budget must go to frontline services image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 07:38:27 AM
. The care home industry has called on the government to ensure that £2bn of funding earmarked for social care makes its way to frontline services rather than getting stuck within local authorities. ...
Philip Hammond’s budget – our writers give their views | Polly Toynbee, Zoe Williams, Frances Ryan, Faiza Shaheen and Kate Maltby image
....The chancellor doesn’t look like a gambler – but giving nothing at all to the NHS is a high-stakes risk. His £2bn over three years for social care is too little to feed through to any easing of the A&E and hospital bed crisis: the parched community service for adults and children will drain it dry, with no new care home beds created. ...
Government abdicating responsibility for social care, say providers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 07:00:36 AM
....The head of the organisation that represents adult care providers in England has accused the government of abdicating responsibility for social care and claimed that ageism is affecting treatment of the elderly. Speaking to the Guardian, Martin Green, the chief executive of Care England, warned the care home sector is at a tipping point and accused the government of lacking leadership on the issue. ...
'It was devastating': families and residents suffer as care homes close image
. In January, families of the residents at Leolyn care home received letters inviting them to a meeting. ...
Debenhams tops government's shame list for underpaying staff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of February 2017 07:14:42 PM
....The government has named and shamed a record 360 firms for underpaying their staff, with the list of offenders topped by Debenhams after nearly 12,000 of the department store’s workers were short-changed. The businesses, including large numbers of hair salons, hotels, care homes and retailers, failed to pay either the national minimum wage or the national living wage to more than 15,500 workers, according to the list published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. ...
Five-minute guide to the rising cost of care homes image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Plans to raise the means-tested threshold to £123,000 and cap any person’s liability to social care bills at £75,000 have been shelved until 2020, and may never be implemented. Anybody who does have to pay for care will see their wealth quickly depleted, as the annual cost of a care home now tops £30,000. ...
Competition watchdog to investigate UK care homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 01:19:25 PM
....The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) inquiry will cover the 430,000 older people in care and nursing homes across the UK. It comes weeks after a bleak Care Quality Commission assessment warned that the quality and safety of social care received by elderly and disabled people in England are at risk, with care homes closing and providers pulling out because they can no longer make enough money. ...
Unfair care home practices examined by watchdog image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 12:45:21 PM
. A review of the UK's care home market is being launched by the competition watchdog to see if residents are being treated fairly. ...
Occupancy and revenues rise at Four Seasons Health Care image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 04:10:02 PM
. Britain’s biggest care home group, Four Seasons Health Care, has said its turnaround is gathering pace as it reported improved occupancy and revenues. ...
Protecting your finances from the threat of dementia image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 08:30:00 AM
.... . “That way you are covered for anything from paying your electricity bill to selling your property or finding the best care home,” she says. ...
Chancellor picks goodies selectively from his autumn statement bag image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 12:01:49 AM
.... That suggests the market is adapting quickly to the impact of higher wage bills. The picture is less clear among care homes and in the social care sector, where Hammond’s concerns ought to be concentrated. ...
Care homes in crisis as revised figures reveal surge in insolvencies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 05:51:54 PM
. The care home industry is in an even worse financial state than feared after a revision of government data revealed that nearly 100 more such businesses than previously thought have collapsed since 2010. ...
Number of care workers on zero-hours contracts jumps to one in seven image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 01:59:53 PM
.... “Without this exploitation and the sheer dedication of the workforce, the social care system would collapse,” Prentis said. Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that between April and June this year, about 113,000 of the 769,000 workers who provided at-home care for vulnerable people or were employed in care homes were on contracts with no guaranteed hours. ...
Living Wage costs 'put strain on care homes' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 14th of November 2016 07:42:33 AM
. The introduction of the National Living Wage has increased the financial pressure for care homes, particularly for smaller homes, a report says. ...
Closed for business image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 4th of November 2016 11:15:20 PM
.... Trusty worked in other jobs in public relations and journalism. Other former employees became small business owners, consultants, care home workers - and in one case, an elected state politician. ...
We want to use our pensions to pay a mortgage, but what if we end up in care? image
....What may be less well known is what’s known as the “50% private pension and annuity disregard”. What this means is that if you go into a residential care home, you can choose to pass half of any of certain types of income – including private, personal or occupational pension, or retirement annuity – to your partner who will remain living in the property that you jointly own. ...
Study says 850,000 UK public sector jobs could be automated by 2030 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of October 2016 11:01:07 PM
....Mike Turley, global head of public sector at Deloitte, said: “We are already seeing examples of technology playing a role in the public sector. Robotic processes are supporting local government in their data entry, driverless trains are becoming more widespread and sensor technology is being used in hospitals and care homes to monitors patients and give nurses and carers more time for quality patient interaction. ...
Colwyn Bay care home latest to cease business image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 07:53:47 PM
.... “For people with dementia, the last thing they need is a change of environment, it can affect their general health badly,” said Corney. Rosewood Healthcare Group, which runs six care homes across Wales and the north-west, bought the home Plas Isaf in August 2015 but now say it is no longer viable. ...
Do a financial health check and midlife needn’t mean a crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of October 2016 06:00:11 AM
....On ITV’s hit drama Cold Feet, late-40s Pete (played by John Thomson) is in the grip of a full-blown midlife crisis. He was made redundant, is juggling two minimum-wage jobs – a minicab driver and care home worker – and has been struggling with depression. ...
Network Rail fined £4m after woman killed by train at foot crossing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of September 2016 06:42:29 PM
.... She appeared alongside Sean Connery in 1961 film The Frightened City and in TV series The Sweeney. She had a home at Creeting St Mary near Stowmarket, Suffolk, and lived in a care home in Eye. ...
Zero-hours contracts rise to 903,000 workers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of September 2016 08:37:46 AM
....4% last year. Shops, hotels and care homes are among the businesses that use zero-hours contracts. ...
Will my mother have to sell her half of our house to pay for care? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of September 2016 06:00:01 AM
....Q My mother and I jointly own the house where we both live. If my mother was to go into a care home due to poor health, would the government take her half share of the house to pay the care home fees even if I was still living in the house?. ...

The climate change brigade are wrong again
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 05:30:00 PM
.... Mrs Danby arranged with a hotel to put her up for the night and came down the next day to take her back to Orkney. Last week, walking round Kirkwall, they noticed the proprietor of the “care home” and another man following them. ...

Murder investigation launched at care home after six deaths
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 12:02:36 PM
. Police have launched a murder investigation following the deaths of six residents over a two week period at a care home. ...
Firms named and shamed over failure to pay minimum wage image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of August 2016 04:18:05 PM
....The government has publicly named almost 200 companies who have failed to pay the minimum wage to employees. The list of 198 firms owed a total of £466,219 in arrears and included football clubs, recruitment firms, care homes and hairdressers. ...

Government shames celebrities' favourite restaurant for failing to pay minimum wage 
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....In the its largest list of its kind the government has named and shamed 198 companies who owed £466,219  to their employees in arrears over the past year. Football clubs, hairdressers, employment agencies, hotels and care homes were amongst those on the government’s worst offenders list. ...

Jeremy Corbyn urges Conservative voters to 'think again' over his leadership in Telegraph comment piece 
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. Jeremy Corbyn today urges Conservative voters to “think again” over his leadership as he reaches out for the centre ground by attacking the Tory record on care homes and universities. ...

Lord Janner’s family in legal bid to exclude him from child sex abuse inquiry 
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....Family members have produced a dossier of evidence, which they say bolsters their claims of Lord Janner’s innocence. They say one of his most vocal alleged victims made previous, false claims of sexual abuse against a female care home worker. ...

Now Dame Lowell has quit, the great child abuse inquiry should stop too 
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....All failures in relation to child sex abuse by all “State and non-State institutions in England and Wales” in living memory are the subject, plus what to do about them. This is interpreted as meaning not only finding out how a particular institution – care homes, say, or the Catholic Church – dealt with these matters, but also investigating particular cases, such as that of Greville Janner, and inviting all people who say they have been abused in institutional settings to come and talk about it. ...

Child abuse victims deserve an efficient inquiry, not one that just ploughs on  
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....But the inquiry was also an exercise in political backside-covering and one of its problems stems from the extraordinarily broad terms of reference Mrs May authorised. The investigation covers failings by “state and non-state institutions”, including but not limited to: government departments, the police, churches, schools, the military, hospitals, prisons and care homes. ...

Key Janner witness lied about abuse by care home boss 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 31st of July 2016 03:38:47 PM
....Now it has been revealed that the man – now middle-aged - made accusations against the home’s manager at the same time as accusing the then Labour MP of sexual assault. The allegations about care home manager Barbara Fitt were investigated by social services, which determined in 1991 that they were bogus, the Mail on Sunday reports. ...

Six die at China elderly home which ‘banned air conditioning’ during heatwave
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. An investigation has been launched after six elderly people died at a Chinese care home during a severe heatwave, with reports saying the residents were not permitted to use air conditioners in the state-run facility. ...

The loneliness of the old is a very modern curse – and it needs our children to lift it
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.... One of the most depressing figures I have come across in all my researches for various books was a study of the elderly in residential care in England and Wales. It found that 21 per cent of residents in care homes were so depressed that they wished they were dead. ...

Britain's biggest family: The Radfords welcome the arrival of their 19th baby
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....The new baby girl weighs 7lb 15oz and is born into a family of nine brothers, nine sisters and father Noel. They are believed to be Britain’s biggest family, living in a former care home in Morecombe, Lancashire, and using a minibus to get around. ...

Japan knife attacker grins for the cameras before being quizzed over killing spree at disabled centre
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....50 am, shortly after an emergency call was made to police from the centre, the footage shows the driver dashing back to the vehicle, carrying a large bag in his right hand. Uematsu left his job at the care home and was forcibly hospitalised in February after telling colleagues he intended to kill disabled people at the centre. ...

Japan knife attack suspect said 'disabled people should be euthanised,' before killing 19
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. The man who police say killed 19 disabled patients at a Japanese care home had previously been committed to a psychiatric hospital after he expressed extreme views on how people with disabilities should be "euthanised". ...

Japan knife attack: Former care home worker says he killed 19 patients as he 'wanted to get rid of the disabled'
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. A former care home worker stabbed 19 patients to death and wounded dozens more before handing himself in at a nearby police station, declaring "I want to get rid of the disabled. ...

Raw eggs are safe to go back on the menu for pregnant women, experts conclude
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....Andrew Joret, chairman of the British Egg Industry Council, which runs the British Lion scheme, said: "We have been confident for some time that the safety record of British Lion eggs means that vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, babies and elderly people should be able to consume them when runny. "We know that many people in these groups, such as older people in care homes, would love to enjoy a traditional soft-boiled egg again. ...
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Japan knife attack: Former care home worker says he killed 19 patients as he 'wanted to get rid of the disabled'
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. A former care home worker stabbed 19 patients to death and wounded dozens more before handing himself in at a nearby police station, declaring "I want to get rid of the disabled. ...

Hundreds of people attend funeral of WWII veteran who died alone following an appeal by nursing staff
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. A World War II veteran who died without family in a care home received a hero's send-off after 300 people attended his funeral following an appeal by nursing staff. ...
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Florida police officer shoots black man caring for autistic patient as he lay on the ground with his hands up
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....An unarmed black care worker has been shot by police in Florida as he lay on the ground with his arms in the air while his patient played with a toy truck just yards away. Charles Kinsey, 47, was trying to persuade the patient, who has autism, to return to his care home after wandering off when police arrived and told both men to get to the ground. ...
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Friends reunited after 75 years when they move into same care home
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of July 2016 02:24:43 PM
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Ronald King admits manslaughter of wife Rita in care home shooting
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 11th of July 2016 05:58:43 PM
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Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of May 2016 05:59:26 AM
.... Then you should make a realistic assumption: that somewhere within a certain radius of your house there must be at least one business or organisation that would benefit from your involvement. It might be a school, for example, or a hospital or care home. ...
Can I avoid my home being sold to pay for care if I buy it with my son? image
.... If your local authority did find it, they might reach the conclusion that you deliberately deprived yourself of an asset – by making your son joint owner of your property – to avoid having the value of your home included in the financial means test. In 2016-17, if you have capital of more than £23,250, you are expected to meet the full cost of any long-term placement in a care home. ...
Strawberry fields for ever? UK wage laws 'will kill off fruit farming' image
....More than 140,000 servings of strawberries and cream are expected to be sold during this year’s Wimbledon fortnight – often heralded as the start of the British strawberry season – but hospitality consultants Beacon has warned that farms face a grim and financially unsustainable future after the new minimum wage was introduced in April. Beacon, which represents about 2,000 independent businesses across the hospitality, leisure and care home markets as well as suppliers – including regional fresh produce businesses – said suppliers expect the price of strawberries to rise this year due to the pressure of the national living wage on UK farmers. ...
Why don't we talk more about the privatisation of social care? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of May 2016 07:25:55 AM
.... Threats to leave the market are becoming routine. New research suggests more than a quarter of all care homes in the UK could go out of business in the next three years as they struggle to cope with rising debt and antiquated infrastructure. ...
Four Seasons Health Care 'likely to be taken over by creditors' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 04:35:34 PM
. Britain’s biggest care home operator, Four Seasons Health Care, is running out of cash and is likely to be taken over by its creditors, the credit rating agency Moody’s has warned. ...
Call to make recruiters responsible for housing migrant workers safely image
....”. Staffline Group, which supplies up to 45,000 temporary workers each day to thousands of farms, food processors, warehouses, and care homes across the UK, said it did not either directly or indirectly place workers in accommodation. ...
Four Seasons Health Care reports £264m annual loss image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of April 2016 05:42:51 PM
. Britain’s biggest care home group, Four Seasons Health Care, has reported a £264m annual loss, highlighting the crisis in the social care industry amid rising costs and falling fees from local authorities. ...
Philip Green: Blair gave him a knighthood, Cameron gave him a job image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of April 2016 11:46:23 AM
....BHS paid Phil and Tina a lot of rent (£11m a year) on its 164 stores. Crafty or what! It’s the same story we heard when the Southern Cross care homes group collapsed in 2011. ...
Boots pharmacists feel the pressure of putting profit first | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of April 2016 06:28:05 PM
.... My union has calculated that the money available to “chain” pharmacies in MUR fees would fund a cohort of about 2,000 pharmacists who could contract directly with the NHS and concentrate on delivering a clinical rather than transactional pharmaceutical care service to patients who would benefit the most. These services could be provided in patients’ homes, care homes, GP surgeries and in consultation rooms of existing community pharmacies. ...
Care home crisis won’t be solved by just paying more, says Justin King image
....Justin King spent a decade revitalising Sainsbury’s and re-establishing it as one of Britain’s leading supermarket chains. Now he is trying to do the same with Britain’s biggest care home operator, Four Seasons. ...
Is equity release the only way to raise cash for our travelling lifestyle? image
.... Assuming the same interest rate as before, taking £60,000 in smaller lumps over five years could cut the interest bill by around £20,000 over a 10-year period. The alternative to a lifetime mortgage is the home reversion plan, where you sell all or a part of your home for cash while retaining the right to live in the property until you die or move into a care home. ...
The Guardian view on the national living wage: not the end but the beginning | Editorial image
.... The business lobby go puce with anger about what this will do to company bottom lines. The rightwing press runs story after story about the care homes and local councils going bust thanks to the dangerous socialist in Number 11. ...
National living wage hits services already at breaking point – LGA image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of March 2016 11:01:00 PM
....“A lack of funding is already leading to providers pulling out of the publicly funded care market and shifting their attention toward people who are able to fully fund their own care,” said the Conservative councillor. “We know that care home and domiciliary care providers cannot be squeezed much further. ...
Business rate changes in budget leaves councils facing further cuts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 08:41:28 PM
....Gary Porter, the Conservative leader of the Local Government Association, said: “Vulnerable members of the community still face an uncertain future where the dignified care and support they deserve, such as help getting dressed, fed or getting out and about, remains at risk. “Vital social care services will also increasingly be unable to help ease the growing pressure on the NHS and the threat of a care home crisis will creep closer to becoming a reality. ...
Morrisons 'liable for attack by worker' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of March 2016 10:40:44 AM
....Previously an employer could argue that an employee was acting for entirely personal reasons - lawyers call it being "on a frolic of their own" if they committed a crime. It was only in cases where the employment itself involved a risk that a crime could be committed that employers had been held liable - so for instance in cases involving nightclub bouncers or wardens at residential care homes. ...
Rural residents fight traders' plans for masts as high as the Shard image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of March 2016 07:00:32 AM
....But locals, some of whom say that they have been told nothing about the plans, expressed concern about the masts. Tara Gilpin, 28, works at a children’s care home, which cannot be named for the protection of its residents, near the proposed site of NLN’s mast. ...
It’s time to raise inheritance tax – not probate fees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of February 2016 07:00:02 AM
.... For one thing, the “kids” will probably be in their 60s. And the house will have been long sold, the money used for care home fees or spent topping up a meagre company pension. ...
Councils 'needlessly' forcing elderly to sell homes to pay for care image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 14th of February 2016 07:03:03 AM
.... Former accountant Peter Titman, 60, and his 89-year-old mother Joan, are in this position. Mrs Titman, who suffers from blindness and mobility problems, has been in a care home in Oldham, Lancashire, for nine months. ...
Former Sainsbury's boss wades into tax row to criticise 'unfair' rates bills image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of February 2016 07:52:39 PM
.... They use the roads, they still use waste collection services but they are paid for by the local retailer, through business rates, who has just had that sale competed away from him. “That unbalance is a [big] part of the change we are seeing [on the high street] and clearly has to change at some point,” added King, who now works for private equity firm Terra Firma, which owns Wyevale Garden Centres, Odeon cinemas and the Four Seasons care homes. ...
Scandal of care homes that charge elderly THOUSANDS extra: Older people hit with cost hike image
. A study by Citizens Advice has found that care home fees rose on average by £900 in the last year, while in one region they jumped by a shocking £2,000. ...
Elderly in care homes forced to accept price hikes at short notice image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 8th of February 2016 07:00:19 AM
. Typical care home fees for elderly people surged by an average of £900 last year alone – and more than twice that for those needing more intensive nursing, new research has disclosed. ...
Britain's most expensive Huf Haus is yours for £5m (with a helicopter thrown in) image
.... . “It is amazing how they attract young professionals, retirees like the Iredales and can even be used for restaurants [such as the Oyster Catcher, Anglesey] and even a care home [County Sligo, Ireland]. ...
For pensioners, something is spot-on in the state of Denmark image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of February 2016 07:00:00 AM
....“So far, the system seems to be working,” says Hendriksen, who retired three months ago. “You hear stories about hospitals or care homes forgetting to look more broadly at an old person’s needs. ...
'I've doubled my yield through letting ex-council houses' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 31st of January 2016 06:33:10 AM
.... . Matthew Bennett, 47, the director of a care homes company based in Maidenhead, already has two properties in Clapham and Battersea, and has been in the buy-to-let business as a pension investment for 12 years. ...
Selling off the family silver? Cameron and Osborne have gone way beyond that | Polly Toynbee image
....Using sales proceeds may help a bit this year, but it does nothing to solve next year, or future funding when every scrap of land has gone. Schools, clinics, care homes and other services will be needed, with a growing population, more children and more old people. ...
'I'm leaving all my wealth to charity - and nothing to my estranged family' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of January 2016 10:26:46 AM
.... . His decision was motivated partly by the help that the charity has given to him and his wife Pat, 84, who has dementia and now lives in a care home, and partly by his lack of contact with his daughter and the fact that his grandchildren are comfortably off. ...
Guy Hands axes dividend as staff wages fall at Terra Firma  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of January 2016 05:58:38 PM
. Guy Hands' Terra Firma, which owns a string of cinemas and care homes across the UK, has cut staff salaries and axed dividend payments after a 16pc profit dip. ...
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Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of January 2016 05:54:07 PM
....Although his achievements were considerable, he never quite joined the establishment and somehow remained an outsider. But he never lost heart, and even as a care home resident in his last two years retained his indefatigable energy and determination to do things for himself. ...
Eco-condoms to Ikea's veggie balls: the top 5 ethical living stories of 2015 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of December 2015 12:46:54 PM
....Elsewhere companies including Toyota and Honda are investing in robot carers for older people. A care home in Florence is pioneering the use of Robot-Era, a robot which helps with everything from daily cognitive stimulation activities and companionship to providing walking support for the home’s 20 elderly residents. ...
How to be a modern Sherlock Holmes image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of December 2015 11:45:09 PM
....Spymaster, it is probably fair to say, doesn't equip many of the staff of MI5 and MI6. Instead its business comes from bodyguards needing discreet stab vests and from suspicious business partners, as well as people who want to check up on relatives in care homes. ...

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