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You Should – if You Want to Be Well Cared for in Your Old Age. Amidst positive Olympic headlines, more sobering BBC news reveals that a solid third of us will have at least two chronic health problems by our late forties (BMC Public Health.) Lead researcher Dr David Gondek warns: “It is not a good prospect…

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Care Staff Must Have Better Pay to Stop The Exodus to Other Employers. Care home providers face a uniquely complex landscape, with ongoing regulatory and funding challenges now compounded by Covid-19, making the task of operating in Social Care anything but straightforward.  This year the growth of this staffing crisis has exacerbated the difficulties and The Croft is…

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Today was COVID Vaccination Day at The Croft Residential Home, marking a major milestone in a tumultuous year at the home.  Like everyone else in the social care sector, we hope the arrival of the vaccines signals the beginning of the end of the worst of the challenges created by the COVID-19 virus.  But we…

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As we enter the autumn and a second wave of COVID-19 advances across Devon and the wider South West, albeit slower than in the rest of the country, we have redoubled our efforts to keep our residents and staff safe through the winter and we are very grateful for all the external support we have been receiving.  We feel as…

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Real Living Wage

We are very pleased to announce that, starting in August, The Croft will be a Real Living Wage employer for every role in our staff team. Since taking over in October 2018, Simon and David have been systematically moving pay rates at The Croft towards this milestone, in an effort to do their part to…

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Care homes in the UK have been at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some estimates suggest up to 40% of homes have experienced an outbreak.  Now, in many parts of the UK, care homes are struggling to fill their vacant beds and occupancy rates are tumbling (The Guardian, 26th May 2020).  It is not surprising that families are…

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Simon Spiller, co-owner of The Croft Residential Home in Newton Abbot Devon, was one of a handful of people, selected from thousands, to participate in a special edition of the long running BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs. The team at Radio 4 recently issued an invitation for members of the public to tell…

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Already in a state of vulnerability, care homes have been hit hard by COVID-19 in the UK.  Their story needs to be told before it’s too late. Unconstrained by non-disclosure agreements, and unlike NHS staff, Social Care Providers are free to be blunt about their perspectives on why care home residents appear to have succumbed…

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Over a period of three weeks, and in part during a confirmed COVID-19 Outbreak at The Croft Residential Home in Newton Abbot, the BBC South West Regional News programme, Spotlight, filmed a feature giving viewers an insight into life for dementia sufferers during a coronavirus-enforced lockdown.  “What we learned about our residents through that process was surprising and…

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It is with mixed feelings that we announce The Croft is now officially “COVID-19 Free” after three weeks of outstanding effort and dedicated care by our team to contain the virus and limit its impact.    This morning we received test results for the two residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 14 days ago.  Today they were confirmed…

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