How we’re helping care homes to emerge stronger from the pandemic

Care homes have faced huge challenges during the last 15 months as the Coronavirus has affected all of our lives. And homes continue to face hurdles as we start to emerge from the pandemic, with the question of how to build back better occupying the minds of many care home operators. At Caresolve, we are working with a growing number of care home operators to come back stronger as we emerge from Covid-19. Now is not the time to be at all complacent. Even if staff have been vaccinated, we need to keep stringent health and hygiene mea...

Caresolve helping care homes to recover from impact of Covid-19

Care home operators need to consider taking a series of measures in order to recover from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many homes have been severely impacted over the past 12 months and are now seeking ways to drive new enquiries and occupancy levels. Maxine Parry, Regional Director of Caresolve, one of the UK’s leading care home consultancies, which is headquartered in Warrington, said that trust will be a vital part of any new strategy. She said: “One of the big challenges for homes during the pandemic was coping with...

Care homes at risk of prosecution if they fall foul of Covid-19 infection control checks

Care home operators are “under pressure like never before” trying to meet the many challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has resumed its regular rating inspections as well as separate infection prevention and control inspections. Failure to meet the requirements of the infection prevention and control inspections could, in the most serious cases, lead to a care home owner or operator being prosecuted. The rigorous inspections scrutinise a range of areas including use of PPE, testing, the safet...

Maxine Parry appointed Regional Director of Caresolve

We're delighted to announce the appointment of our new regional director. Maxine Parry joined the company as a Senior Consultant in 2016. She is now responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of Caresolve. Caresolve was established in 2011 by experienced care sector professionals Ben Challinor and James Parkin. Richard Shore joined as Finance Director in 2016. Caresolve has been extremely busy during the Covid-19 pandemic, providing strategic and operational support to care home operators and their investors. The compan...

Caresolve in Caring Times

Caresolve's co-founder James Parkin appears in the new issue of Caring Times talking about why nurses should aspire to a career in care. There are more than 49,000 nurses working in social care in the UK and we believe that there has actually never been a better time for nurses to make a difference to patients' lives. Here is a link to the article which can be found on Page 30 of the July/August 2018 issue of the magazine https://www.careinfo.org/CTpdfs/CT0718.pdf    ...

Why nurses should aspire to a career in care

The care sector has arguably, for many years, been seen as an unattractive, even ‘second hand’, career for nurses. With reports that nurses in the care sector earn an average of £3,000 less than their NHS counterparts, and a perception that it is impossible to get out once you start work in it, it is no wonder that the sector struggles to attract and retain staff. We’ve spoken to many NHS nurses who are bogged down in paperwork, bound by punitive targets and under ridiculous amounts of stress. When they first did their training, mo...

The importance of recruiting effectively in the care sector

It has never been more important to recruit effectively in the care sector, says care home specialist Caresolve. James Parkin, Co-founder and Operations Director of Caresolve, says many care homes find it difficult to find – and keep - high quality care staff whether that’s registered manager, senior carers or ancillary staff. He says: “It is a common problem around the country because demand for good quality staff far outweighs supply at present in the care home sector. “It means that it has never been more essential to retain...

Why is it important to factor profit into the Cost of Care?

A standard cost of care calculation will generally cover items such as staffing costs, other direct costs and overheads. This is true whether the cost calculation comes from you as a provider, or as a template for completion from, for example, a Local Authority as part of an annual review of fees. The issue of profit (or cost of capital) if often less straightforward. It is important providers understand the level of reasonable profits they should be looking to make, and to be in a position to have appropriate discussions with commissione...

Caresolve in the News – August 2017

Caresolve's Ben Challinor was featured in the Caring Times earlier this month (August 1st), where he explained how it is possible to regain trust should your care home be rated as 'inadequate'. You can read the full piece here. Ben has also been speaking to Caring UK, giving his thoughts on the latest CQC report. You can read this piece in full here....

British care homes facing collapse

A funding crisis is leaving thousands of care homes facing collapse, it has been reported. According to research by leading accountancy firm Moore Stephens, 16% of care home companies in the UK are showing warning signs that they could be at risk of failure. The percentage has increased from 12% in previous research. The increase to the National Living Wage in April this year is thought to be one of the main causes. Its rise to £7.50 an hour has put an increased burden on care home running costs. It is scheduled to rise again to £9 an h...