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Parliament talks about top-ups

Posted on July 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Concern about families paying top-up fees for care home residents was voiced in a Parliamentary debate led by former care minister Paul Burstow this week.

Mr Burstow said there was mounting evidence of confusion and rule breaking over the application of top-up fees by local authorities. He said the rules on top up-up fees need to be examined and told the debate that ‘we need to get this right as top-ups look set to grow in number’.

In response care minister Norman Lamb said he was concerned about the case studies of two older people Paul Burstow had highlighted in his speech. Mr Lamb said they ‘almost sort of smack of exploitation’ of the elderly people involved.

Mr Lamb said care home tops-ups ‘must be the positive choice on the part of the person, something that they understand, both in terms … Read More »


Target Healthcare REIT acquires three care homes and specialist facilities

Posted on July 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Target Healthcare REIT has acquired three care homes and four specialist care bungalows from Zest Investment Group for about £20.4m including acquisition costs.

Located in Norfolk and Northern Ireland, each of the care homes offers a combination of residential, nursing and dementia care. One of the homes also provides specialist care for individuals with learning disabilities, autism and complex physical disabilities.

Accommodating up to 255 residents, the properties offer a range of facilities, including generously proportioned single bedrooms with en-suite wetroom facilities; spacious public areas; as well as activity rooms, hair-dressing salons and therapy rooms.

The care homes will continue to be leased to the existing operator, Priory Group, for a period of up to 28 years. The transaction represents an initial yield in excess of 7% and the rents payable under the leases are subject to fixed annual rental uplifts.

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‘Special measures’ raise more questions than answers, says RNHA

Posted on July 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has called on health secretary Jeremy Hunt for reassurance that his hospital-style ‘special measures’ regime for failing care homes, announced last week, will be both workable and fair.

RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said proposals lacked vital detail and it is was uncertain whether they could sensibly be applied to care homes.

“We welcome any constructive steps aimed at helping care homes to deliver high quality services to their residents,” said Mr Ursell.

“We have been calling for the reintroduction of a care home ratings system for some time and are pleased that it is now happening at last. A good ratings system helps care providers to evaluate how well they are performing against the general standards of their sector. It also helps potential residents and their families to decide which care home to … Read More »





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