News Leading charity care provider MHA

launches five point plan to #FixCareForAll sector; and five, seamless pathways and collaboration between health and social care. The plan comes after a survey of over

MHA, the UK’s largest charity care provider, has launched the #FixCareForAll campaign with a five-point plan to reform the sector. In a bid to push the government into

action, MHA’s plan includes: one, a new social care system must be fully resourced with a fair price for care; two, a national workforce strategy; three, transparency and accountability, delivered through financial regulation; four, care which is co-produced and co-designed with older people and the

2,000 adults, commissioned by MHA, found 69 per cent of people think social care should be a top priority for the government and 43 per cent believe the government does not care about the needs of older people. “What we now need is decisive action

from government. We need to make sure care is properly resourced, we value our care workers, people have a say in their care, funding is transparent and accountable and delivered through financial regulation, and there is a seamless pathway with health services,” said MHA chief executive Sam Monaghan (pictured). “The time for talking is over. Ageing isn’t

an abstract concept, it’s something which we will all have to face one day so it’s in all our interests to get this right going forward,” he added. “We need a clear plan to support the

future funding and framework to support older people. We have a growing population of older people who deserve respect and certainty for their future.”

Luxurycare opens first officially certified

carbon-neutral care home in the UK Mount. The care home has 18 residents and 45 staff. “With climate change an ever more

Dorset provider Luxurycare has opened what it claims to be the first officially certified carbon-neutral care home in the UK. Through Luxurycare’s partnership with

Carbon Neutral Britain’s Climate and Woodland Fund, Eagle Mount care home in Poole has offset its calculated 163.08-tonne footprint, which is produced directly and indirectly from its activities over the space of the year. The calculation includes the largest

emissions at Eagles Mount - energy consumption from electricity and gas – plus staff travel to and from work, water usage, inbound deliveries and waste. The emissions have been offset by

Luxurycare by funding internationally certified renewable energy and forest projects around the world. The projects include hydroelectric power

in the Amazon and China, wind power in the Philippines, and reforestation in Nicaragua. It is understood Luxurycare has spent

around £25,000 to achieve carbon neutral status, which lasts for 12 months, for Eagle


pressing concern for all of us we are incredibly pleased and proud to be the first care home to officially be certified carbon neutral by Carbon Neutral Britain,” said Luxurycare managing director Mandy Kittlety. “Whilst we already take steps to be as

environmentally aware as possible, we are now looking at what more we can do to be ‘greener’ and are currently implementing numerous changes in support of our goal in developing a community here at Eagles Mount,” she added. Carbon Neutral Britain director of business development and offsetting verification James Poynter said: “Whilst it is mandatory for the biggest UK companies to calculate and offset their carbon footprints, we work with hundreds of businesses across every sector each year who want to do that voluntarily – but this is the first care home we have ever calculated emissions for.”

Signature Senior Lifestyle unveils Beckenham luxury home

Luxury care operator Signature Senior Lifestyle has unveiled its latest home - in Beckenham – consisting of 100 private apartments across three floors, including 24 purpose-built apartments for residents living with dementia. Ahead of the opening of its marketing

suite, the developer said Signature at Beckenham has been designed with a grand village hall for community events, complemented by lifestyle facilities “akin to the world’s finest hotels to provide a truly balanced lifestyle”. The facilities includes café and formal

private restaurant, a bespoke cinema, library and various elegant lounges. In addition, there will be an in-house

hair salon, therapy room and spa bathroom to ensure residents look and feel their best. Outside, landscaped gardens include activity areas as well as a central bandstand. The team at Signature at Beckenham

is led by general manager Maggie Middleton, a registered nurse who brings senior management experience as a nurse and director in the NHS and private healthcare. Middleton was previously at

Signature’s Parklands Manor in Chertsey and is also a specialist advisor for the Care Quality Commission. • June 2021

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