Quarter of BCP care home staff are not vaccinated

A QUARTER of care home staff in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have not have a first Covid-19 vaccination.

And there are hundreds in the Dorset Council area in the same position.

Figures have been released after the launch of a five-week consultation on mandatory jabs following concerns about whether enough carers have been vaccinated to stop the virus spreading to residents.

But the move has provoked criticism from trade union Unison which said mandatory vaccinations could “backfire” and lead to a staffing shortage.

21 Apr 2021


Covid: Woman, 101, meets great-grandson for first time

A bed-bound 101-year-old woman has met her 14th great-grandson for the first time now lockdown rules have been eased.

Grace Emery, who lives at Redwalls Nursing Home in Northwich, Cheshire, has not been able to see her family since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Care home staff said six-month-old Xander was "full of smiles" when Ms Emery held him on Wednesday.

Xander's grandmother Pauline Hutchinson said it was a "very special milestone".

She said family visits to the care home during lockdown had been "impossible".

Staff who have cared for Ms Emery since she became bed-bound in 2019 said seeing her meet little Xander was a "precious moment".

21 Apr 2021

Care workers in South Yorkshire to be offered pay rise

The majority of care home workers across Barnsley are to be offered a pay rise above the national living wage in recognition of their ‘hard work during the pandemic.’

This outcome is a result of an agreement on fee levels between Barnsley Independent Care Home Association and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) and will see direct care workers receiving a minimum of £1 extra per hour, above the national living wage.

Aditya Jain of Panaceon Healthcare and a founding member of BICHA, said the association had worked closely with the council to bring the plan to fruition.

20 Apr 2021

Court ruling could save care homes charities and universities millions in VAT

A Supreme Court ruling means that organisations like care homes that have used leaseback arrangements will not be subject to retrospective VAT charges and could now save millions of pounds say leading tax and advisory firm, Blick Rothenberg.

Alan Pearce, VAT partner at the firm said: “ This is great news for owners and operators of new relevant residential properties (such as care homes and student accommodation) and certain properties used for a relevant charitable purpose.

20 Apr 2021

Elderly woman, 92, hospitalised after care home incident

A 92-year-old woman is in hospital after allegedly being assaulted by another care home resident in Spilsby.

The incident happened on March 31 at Eresby Hall care home in Spilsby, with a resident taken to hospital ten days later.

The resident who is believed to have carried out the assault is currently waiting to find a different care home, according to the Care Quality Commission.

A spokesperson for the CQC said: “They are currently waiting to move to alternative nursing accommodation that would be better suited to their needs.”

19 Apr 2021

Former boss of Ramsgate care home avoids jail after admitting conning her residents out of more than £17,000

A former care home boss who conned more than £17,000 from vulnerable residents - including a blind grandmother - has avoided jail.

Susan Rule told one elderly guest, John Brown, the cheques he wrote were for his care at Montague House in Ramsgate

But the 50-year-old doctored them in her own name only to then fritter £13,000 worth of his savings.

Rule was handed a suspended sentence at Canterbury Crown Court after she admitted two counts of fraud by abuse of position.

The care home boss of 28 years told her victim to also stump up a £1,000 cash down payment, which she also stole.

19 Apr 2021
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