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Four Seasons, Britain's second-biggest care homes operator, has struck a last-ditch deal with its major creditor that staves off the immediate threat of administration. The group, owned by Guy Hands' private equity vehicle Terra Firma, is struggling under £525 million of debt and faced a critical interest payment on Friday.…
Around 120,000 older Scots could be living with undiagnosed mental health conditions caused by loneliness and isolation, charities have warned. A quarter of people aged over 65 experience depression when they feel lonely, leading to other problems with anxiety in some cases. The Mental Health Foundation and Age Scotland said…
The winter deep freeze poses a "lethal" risk for people who are suffering loneliness, England's top nurse has said. Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said lives could be saved by people checking in on vulnerable people, including elderly relatives. NHS England warned that the combination of isolation…
Scotland's care sector needs an extra £1 billion of funding, MSPs have heard. Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care chief executive, told a Holyrood committee the cash was a "conservative" estimate of the extra money required in the next three years, with more than £300 million expected to be needed next year.…
More than 1,400 people with dementia who are well enough to go home will be stranded in hospital on Christmas Day, the Alzheimer's Society said. Charity bosses blamed a lack of social care funding for "turning wards into waiting rooms" as their investigation revealed dementia patients were delayed up to…
Three key standards for looking after people with dementia are only "adequate or less" at almost four out of 10 care homes, a report by inspectors revealed. Overall the Care Inspectorate found that more than half of the 145 homes it examined were "performing at a good or better level…
Tories have criticised "unacceptably long" waits some elderly people face for care packages after figures showed more than a quarter of those with "substantial" needs were not assessed within six weeks. Scottish Government statistics covering the period January to March 2017 showed 26% of this group had to wait longer…
Scotland's independent care sector has issued an urgent plea for extra investment in this week's Scottish budget. Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, said a "significant" increase in funding was needed to ensure the sustainability of the sector. In a briefing issued before Thursday's budget, the body, which…
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