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Everycare Edinburgh scoops major award

Edinburgh award business Everycare Edinburgh’s Managing Director, Martin Walker, was delighted to be presented with the High Growth Company of 2014 Award, sponsored by Santander, at the prestigious WeDo Scotland annual award ceremony which took place recently at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in the city.

Speaking after the event, Martin said:

“I’m thrilled to bits to have been awarded this tremendous accolade, particularly when it has been evident that the field was so strong this year. I know that we’re doing good things and making a real difference and that’s extremely rewarding on an emotional level. However, to have received recognition from my peers in the business community for what we have achieved means a great deal to me. Of course, none of it would have been possible without having a fantastic team around me, and I’d like to send a massive thank you to each and every one of them too!”

Wedo high growth awardHe added:

“When we opened for business in Edinburgh in 2011, I stated that my aim was for Everycare Edinburgh to be universally recognised as the pre-eminent provider of quality care at home services in the city. This award, coming at the same time that our Regulator, The Care Inspectorate, announced that it was awarding us their highest grades in 5 out of 6 Quality areas they recently looked at, demonstrates that we’re right on track .

The only companies that achieve growth are those that are well managed, provide a great service and have satisfied customers. In just 4 years, we have grown dramatically. However, this growth has been carefully managed, allowing us to maintain the quality service for which we are now widely recognised.”

WeDO is one of Scotland’s most exclusive support and collaboration organisations for the business community and its membership includes some of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs. It’s annual awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the entrepreneurial calendar.

One in five care homes for older people in England fail to meet set national standards – time to look at home care?

Personal Home Care ServicesOne in five care homes for older people in England fail to meet set national standards for safety and care, a report by 5 live Investigates suggests.

Research by healthcare analysts Laing Buisson examined inspection records for almost 10,000 care homes, and found 20% had failed to meet at least one key quality measure.

5 live found cases of residents washed in cold water or left with scabies.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) called the figures “disappointing”.

In October 2014, the care watchdog – the CQC – introduced a new “tougher” inspection regime for care homes.

Following this, the researchers examined 9,816 inspections available on the CQC website in the first week of January this year.

They found 1,829 care homes were not fully compliant on at least one key measure – for example meaning the home might not be deemed safe, could be poorly managed, deemed not caring enough, or may not be responding to a resident’s needs.

For more on this story visit the BBC website.

Care spending ‘cut by fifth in 10 years’

alzheimers and dementia care services eastbourneSpending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the last 10 years, an analysis by the BBC shows.

The research – based on official data – showed £1,188 was being spent in 2003-4 per person over the age of 65.

By 2013-14 that had fallen to £951 once inflation is taken account – a drop of 20% – prompting experts to warn that vulnerable people were being failed.

Other parts of the UK are also struggling to keep pace with the ageing population.

It comes as the BBC launches its Cost of Care project, which includes an online guide to how care works, and what it costs.

For more on this story visit the BBC website.

No interest in care insurance

Leading insurance companies report that there is ‘no interest in care insurance’.

Registered nurse services everycareThere are no plans for any insurance products to help people plan ahead for their care needs in old age, leading companies have told the BBC.

Creating such a market was one of the key aims underpinning the government’s decision to introduce a cap on care costs from next year.

Two years ago Prime Minister David Cameron said he hoped the plans would “open up an enormous market”.

But 17 major companies said there was not enough interest in such policies.

Care experts said the revelation was a blow.

About 60% of people are expected to need care in their old age – with one in 10 facing costs in excess of £100,000.

For more on this care story visit the BBC website.