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CHESHIRE, ENGLAND, October 19, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- This week, Inside Out investigated the growing elderly population and the shortage of people who are dedicated to looking after them. Acting as a backdrop for the many features, ExtraCare's Lark Hill Village in Nottingham was seen as a vibrant place for the over 55s to live a healthy, active and independent life.
The opening story was seen as a dark contrast to the friendly environment at Lark Hill. The programme started with the stark realisation that hundreds of convicted criminals were working as home carers. 23 carers at a certain care agency had been convicted of crimes of theft and assault due to the fact that such agencies had not carried out Criminal Records Bureau checks.
Much like the alternative care homes at Lark Hill Village in Nottingham, Inside Out discussed the options for those who wish to live independently but with care on hand when needed. ExtraCare Charitable Trust is renowned for developing inspirational villages for the over 55s and is a lucrative alternative to those seeking care at home.
The alternatives to care homes, which have been built across the country, enable older people to enjoy a healthy, active and independent lifestyle in their later years. At ExtraCare, the philosophy is that health, age or financial means should be no barrier to an enhanced quality of life.
Following the BBC's Inside Out, ExtraCare Charitable Trust's Chief Executive, Nick Abbey, commented:
"It is vital that care staff working with older and vulnerable people are dependable, trustworthy and dedicated. Everyone who works for ExtraCare automatically completes a CRB check and staff undergo a thorough and targeted induction process. Our new staff members are assigned 'buddies' at the start of their time with us and are not left alone to learn on the job. It's a common approach that should be undertaken by all responsible care providers."
Those who wish to find out more about the alternative care homes available through ExtraCare can visit the site the site.
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