Driving up standards needs to be the key focus for care homes

Care homes need to drive up standards with improved training, support and investment from the local authorities, says care home specialist Caresolve. Ben Challinor, co-founder of Caresolve, spoke out after a new report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) revealed that a third of residential nursing homes are failing to provide safe levels of care. The damning watchdog report said that poor leadership and staff shortages is leaving residents in a quarter of care homes with poor care. Around 37 per cent of homes failed on safety with inspe...

Would you like help managing your care home?

Talk to us about our new Care Home Management Service. Our service is aimed at operators wishing to take a step back from day to day involvement in managing their homes, are looking to sell the business and require an interim solution, or who would just like to remove the stress of dealing with CQC and the Local Authority. We have found that an increasing number of operators have been asking us for help with the operational and financial running of their care home. Whether it’s a short term engagement or a longer term contract coveri...

How do you calculate ‘the true cost of care’?

Calculating the true cost of care is increasingly important for care homes and it was an issue we tackled at a recent Lancashire Care Association Seminar. Caresolve’s Consultancy Director Ben Challinor and our Finance Director Richard Shore spoke to an audience of care home operators, proprietors and owners at the event in Preston. We also tackled issues such as how to deal with an inaccurate CQC report before it goes into the public domain and affects your reputation. We know that the care sector is under ever increasing financial p...

Caresolve in the news

How do you gain the trust of the authorities after an inadequate CQC? We know that a poor inspection report can have a dramatic and detrimental impact on a care home. The consequences can often be severe and, if remedial work and required improvements are not made within the timeframes given, operators may end up being forced to contend with anything from loss of support from local commissioning teams to home closure. We tackled the issue in a recent issue of Healthcare Business. In the article, our Consultancy Director Ben Challino...

Launch of Caresolve Recruitment

We are delighted to announce the launch of Caresolve Recruitment. Our new service is headed up by James Parkin, our co-founder and Operations Director. James has in-depth knowledge and experience of the recruitment sector, particularly within specialist health and social care markets. As a company, we understand the difficulties of recruiting within the care sector and are delighted to now offer care staffing solutions across all areas of a care business from entry level to senior management. We have successfully sourced staff for many...

How to regain the trust of the authorities after an ‘Inadequate’ CQC

This month, we have been talking to Healthcare Business about the importance of regaining the trust of the authorities after an 'Inadequate' CQC. The full story appears on page 44 of the new issue and you can read it here bit.ly/KD6emx We know that a poor inspection report can have a dramatic and detrimental impact on a care home. The consequences can often be severe and, if remedial work and required improvements are not made within the timeframes given, operators may end up being forced to contend with anything from loss of support from ...

Caresolve to give seminar on calculating ‘the true cost of care’

Caresolve, the specialists in care home transformation, will be speaking about ‘the true cost of care’ at the Lancashire Care Association’s Spring Seminar next month. Caresolve’s Consultancy Director Ben Challinor and Finance Director Richard Shore have been invited to give the seminar on Thursday, 4th May at Farington Lodge in Leyland, Preston (9am-1pm, cost from £25). They will be joined by Rachel Adamson, a partner at Stephensons Solicitors LLP who will also be giving a session on how to ensure that your care business is CQC c...

Is your care home effective?

When they are carrying out their care home inspections, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) asks five key questions. We believe that two of the most important are whether that home is caring and is it effective? Typically, care homes fall down on the questions around leadership and safety but whether they are both effective and caring is crucial - and at the heart of what British care facilities should be providing to their residents. So what makes an effective care home and how can you give your home the best opportunity of achieving not j...

Caresolve’s Ten Steps to combat the impact of the National Living Wage

Care homes need to take immediate steps to prevent problems in the future. Our findings have shown that an increase in weekly fees of 2% per annum will result in profits dropping to 70% of current levels by 2021. And, alarmingly, an increase of 3% will not be enough to keep profits at the current level beyond 2019. So what can care homes do? Here’s our 10-point guide to help operators address the National Living Wage impact. 1. Understand and control your cost base. 2. Look at the dependency calculation for each resident based on...

Caresolve in the news

We have had a busy few months talking to journalists on some of the country’s leading care sector magazines. Our Finance Director Richard Shore recently carried out analysis showing the likely impact on an average operator’s profits based on the phasing in of increases in the National Living Wage during the period 2016 -21. Trade titles including Healthcare Business, Caring Times, Caring UK, Care Home Professional and The Care Home Environment all ran the story and our 10-point guide to help operators address the impact (see below for...