The May edition of Care Home Professional is out this week in print, and can be viewed instantly online.
The May edition has an uplifting interview with Amanda Scott, managing director of Gracewell Healthcare and Sunrise Senior Living, in which she refuses to complain about the challenges of operating in the care home sector today. Instead, she gives an upbeat assessment of the industry, and encourages anybody with a caring nature to consider it as a great career opportunity.
Also in May, we take a look at the controversial issue of charging for extra services in care homes, and whether operators are being transparent about these charges. Consumer rights champion Citizens Advice thinks pricing could be made simpler, and regulators should force care homes to come clean.
Care home construction is a booming business right now, but is not without its challenges as labour, land and material prices soar. Hallmark Care Homes thinks it has a solution, by taking control of its own building work. It has created a subsidiary, Goldfinch, that will take over construction of all its new homes, and pitch for business with other operators.
Meanwhile Stepnell is setting out to drive down costs by creating standard templates for care homes that will be faster and cheaper to build. Its first Stepcare home is already close to completion, and is using it as a proof of concept that other operators can copy.
The care home business is not without its controversies, and the scandal of Winterborne View still casts a shadow. It also created calls for more surveillance cameras to ensure residents are safe. This sort of filming is not simple, so we spoke to Joe Plomin, a producer at BBC Panorama involved in several care home abuse documentaries about how to get it right.
Finally, we unpick another great scandal, the failure of the Uniting Care consortium to deliver social care services in Cambridgeshire. The £725 million project was supposed to create a model for integrating health and social care in the county, but was abandoned within months because the commissioning process had been a fiasco.
If you’re ready to read more, simply click to view the May edition of Care Home Professional.