Wealth of experience
Our advisors bring a wealth of experience to delivering home care services to older people – their credentials are second to none and they are committed to high quality care in the home.
The Medical Panel
Dr Justin Sauer
Dr Sauer is a consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital. He has held a number of senior positions including Clinical Director and is currently the Clinical Lead for Memory Services. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, where he is involved in a number of research projects, including the use of IT and devices in patients with cognitive impairment. He has published research in a number of peer reviewed scientific journals and has written and edited several books on psychiatry. Dr Sauer is a regular reviewer of articles for scientific journals and is an examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He also has an independent practice in London, and was a BUPA UK award finalist in 2016.
Dr Peter King-Lewis
Dr King-Lewis has worked in Private General Practice for over 20 years. He qualified in Medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital and after obtaining his post graduate degree established The King-Lewis practice, a reputable private general practice in Chelsea, London
Dr King-Lewis also has further qualifications with an Honors degree in Systems Science, is an HSE Diving Doctor and trained in Acupuncture with the British Medical Acupuncture Society. He enjoys seeing patients of all ages and practicing preventative medicine. His other main interests are family medicine, psychiatry, acupuncture and hyperbaric medicine.
Dr Mark Kinirons
Dr Kinirons is a Consultant Physician in the Department of Ageing & Health for Guys & St Thomas’ Hospitals (GSTT). He is an accredited Specialist in General Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology. He has received postgraduate training in General and Geriatric Medicine at King’s College Hospital, Middlesex Hospital and Whittington Hospital in London.
Dr Kinirons is enthusiastic about successful ageing, especially in situations where a solution is needed when there are multiple conditions. His other specialist interests include dementia, falls, heart failure of older people and multiple medications.
Dr Kinirons practices at the Lister Hospital, London Bridge Hospital and Guys & St Thomas hospitals.
Dr Angus Kennedy
Dr Kennedy is a Consultant Neurologist and Senior Neurologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, where he specialises in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. Dr Kennedy was appointed to the consultant staff at The Chelsea and Westminster and Charing Cross Hospitals in 1997. He is an experienced General Neurologist.
Dr Kennedy qualified from Charing Cross Medical School in 1985 and subsequently trained as a neurologist at Atkinson Morley Hospital. His research used functional imaging and was carried out at the MRC Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital and the Dementia Research Group, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square.
Paula Hornby is our lay panel member and brings a wealth of experience in managing care from a client perspective. Paula’s husband had a long-term neurological condition requiring 24 hour care for over 12 years.
In her professional life Paula worked in Human Resources for over 20 years and has a particular interest in recruitment, workforce motivation, retention and employment policies and practices. She has a BA Econ from Manchester University.
We partner some of the most experienced and reputable charities and organisations in the health and care sector – many of which provide unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the specialist medical conditions we work with.
Home Instead Senior Care
A well-established and highly respected independent UK home care provider, Home Instead Senior Care is part of a worldwide organisation devoted to providing the highest-quality care for older people in the comfort of their own homes. They offer a wide range of one-to-one services tailor made to the needs of the individual and hourly visits to your home can be from a minimum of an hour to a number of hours a day
Symponia is a professional body representing over 100 advisors (financial & legal) who are all specialists in the area of financing care fees.
Members of Symponia are hand-selected for their empathy, caring approach and knowledge. Working with a Symponia member, families of those needing to pay for their care are able to ensure that fees are paid indefinitely and without worry.
A group of 50 leading clinicians specialising in the assessment, diagnosis and on-going treatment of all types of brain health issues. They are experts in stress, anxiety, mood, PTSD, brain injury, stroke, MS, dementia and Parkinson’s. Re:Cognition also has clinical trials running for groundbreaking new medicines for Alzheimer’s, which are free to participate in for anyone with the correct diagnosis.
Society of Later Life Advisors (SOLLA)
SOLLA was founded in 2008 as a not for profit organisation, to meet the need of consumers, advisers and those who provide financial products and services to the Later Life market. Its aim is to ensure that consumers are better informed about the financial issues of later life and can find an Accredited Adviser.
Anna Miller Food
Anna’s creative catering business was established over 10 years ago. It offers 3 primary services: outside catering, dinner parties, receptions and events in people’s homes, offices or venues; cookery lessons for groups or individuals from the basics of domestic cooking to high class dinner party or corporate entertaining; culinary advice on menu planning, kitchen design and event organising.
The OT Practice
The OT Practice is an independent Occupational Therapy consultancy specialising in providing high quality therapists nationwide to the private, statutory and commercial sectors. The practice is founded on a collaboration of over 30 years' experience and offers high quality occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy and rehabilitation to clients within their own home.
Greycoat Lumleys – Setting the Standard in Recruitment
Greycoat Lumleys have been in the recruitment business for almost 20 years, so we know a thing or two about good service. We take pride in providing the very best, fully vetted and carefully interviewed private household, childcare and catering staff to clients all over the UK. Our philosophy has always been one of professionalism, integrity and trust. Greycoat Lumleys is determined to deliver an unrivalled recruitment service to clients across our comprehensive range of services, via our three UK offices in London, Edinburgh and Manchester.
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
SFE is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, including solicitors, barristers, and legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. Members of SFE have extensive experience in a wide range of legal issues affecting these people.
Complete Community Care Opticians
Complete Community Care Opticians is a Nationwide domiciliary optician, providing free NHS eye tests to people in their own homes (nursing homes, sheltered accommodation) who may have difficulty getting to a High Street opticians unassisted. We carry a full range of frames to every test for clients to try on if they need new spectacles and use mobile versions of eye testing equipment to ensure our clients receive the same high quality care and service they would expect on the High Street.
Mind For You
MindforYou was founded in September 2014 after personal experience highlighted the challenges of traditional respite for families living with dementia. Our supported 5-day holidays at 12 destinations around the UK offer an alternative to traditional respite for people living with dementia and their carers. Guests can relax and enjoy quality time together, continue to visit new places and meet new people with additional support from our caring and experienced staff.
Our questionnaire and face to face meetings allow us to get to know both of you and fully understand what you want to do on holiday and what support you require. Everything is personalised to you, from your meals, to your room requirements and the excursions we do there to enjoy together or individually. To quote one of our guests ‘MindforYou is good for you’
Homelink HealthcareHomeLink Healthcare is a clinically led independent healthcare company regulated by the CQC. We provide treatments including; acute nursing care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy in the comfort of the patients home, offering an alternative to a hospital or clinic. Our service is available throughout London and the M25 area seven days a week.
The Contented Dementia Trust
The Contented Dementia Trust (formerly known as SPECAL) is a UK dementia charity whose aim the promotion of lifelong well-being for the person with dementia. This is achieved through a unique understanding of the person’s experience of dementia and the efficacy of a counter-intuitive caring response. The SPECAL method has been developed on the basis of this particular understanding of dementia and is described in the book “Contented Dementia” by Oliver James.
Dementia UK is a national charity committed to improving the quality of life for all people with dementia. The charity supports thousands of patients and families every year through the provision of Admiral Nurses, the Admiral Direct helpline as well as training and support to carers of dementia patients.
The MS Society
The MS Society is the leading national charity for people with multiple sclerosis. The charity is funding research and fighting for better treatment and care to help people with MS take back control. The MS Society also has a freephone helpline for people affected by MS.
Parkinson’s UK, formerly the Parkinson’s disease Society has worked for more than 40 years to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. They provide information and support through local services, as well as training for health and social care professionals to help improve services.
The Stroke Association is the leading charity in the UK changing the world for people affected by stroke. In the last 20 years the numbers of people dying of stroke has halved while the number of major strokes has decreased by 40% as more people than ever are benefitting from leading treatments.
YoungDementia UK is a charity that provides information and support to people affected by young onset dementia. Dementia is considered ‘young onset’ when it affects people before the age of 65. Through our active social media pages, newsletters and website we share personal stories, information and news with a young onset focus. We lead the Young Dementia Network, set up to create a community of people united by an interest in young onset dementia.
At The Good Care Group we understand how important support networks are for our clients and their families. Here are some useful links for organisations that are committed to improving the lives of older people and people living with certain medical conditions.
Age UK brings together almost 120 years of working for and with older people. They work to improve later life for everyone by providing life-enhancing services, vital support, information and advice services, campaigning and training and research.
The Alzheimer’s Society is a leading care and research charity for people with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them working to improve the quality of lives. The society has over 25,000 members including those living with dementia, carers and health professionals.
Action on Hearing Loss
Action On Hearing Loss is the largest charity in the UK tackling hearing loss and raising awareness of the condition. It offers a range of services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and provides information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.
British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s number one heart charity and the larges funder of heart research. Their aim is to prevent people dying prematurely from heart disease and focus on heart research, vital prevention activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.
Diabetes UK is the leading charity focusing on diabetes and cares for, and campaigns on behalf of, all people affected by and at risk of diabetes, reaching people with diabetes in local communities across the UK. They have more than 300,000 supporters.
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK’s volunteers, supporters, scientists, doctors and nurses are focused on saving more lives by preventing, controlling and curing all cancers. They are leading the world in discovering and developing newer, kinder treatments and getting closer to cures.
Depression Alliance is the leading UK charity for people with depression. They work to relieve and to prevent this treatable condition by providing information and support services to those who are affected via publications, a network of support services and self-help groups.
The Dignity Council is led by the National Dignity Council. Dignity Champions form part of a nationwide network of over 40,000 individuals and organisations that work to put dignity and respect at the heart of UK care services to enable a positive experience of care.
Marie Curie is dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. It has a nationwide network of nurses who provide free care for patients at home and its nine hospices offer specialist care to patients and families. The charity conducts palliative care research into caring for terminally ill people.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. As one in three of us will get cancer, we are all affected by it. The team at Macmillan provide support at every corner for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer.
National Osteoporosis Society
The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK wide charity dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. With over 25,000 members, 50 staff and more than 900 volunteers across the UK, the charity provides unrivalled expertise.
Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
RNIB is the leading charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million people with sight loss. RNIB offers support and advice to blind and partially sighted people in the UK, helping people who have lost their sight to live a normal life.
The Live-In Homecare Information Hub
The Live-in Homecare Information Hub has been developed by a coalition of 13 leading live-in care companies who provide 24 hour care at home for the elderly and frail of which The Good Care Group is a founding member. The website, www.stayinmyhome.co.uk, is a valuable resource for the general public and healthcare professionals alike. All Live-In Homecare Information Hub partners belong to the United Kingdom Homecare Association, and are united in the goal of raising awareness about the extremely high quality of care provided by this unique and life-enhancing alternative to care homes. This innovative information bureau will also be publishing reports and raising awareness of live-in homecare.
Care Funding Guide
Is a free and not for profit expert agency that will help you make the best decisions on how to pay for your care. They are not financial advisers and are completely unable to sell you anything. Click here for their free guide.
Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (ARBD), or alcohol-related brain injury (ARBI), is an umbrella term for the damage that can be happen to the brain as a result of long-term heavy drinking. Over time, drinking too much alcohol can change the way the brain works, and its physical shape and structure. This can bring some very serious consequences, including changes in personality, as well problems with thinking, mood, memory and learning.
Although ARBD has been recognised for a century or more, there is still a real lack of knowledge about it amongst some clinicians as well as amongst the general public. ARBD is sometimes misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease or as a mental illness, and may remain untreated right through a person’s life. The tragedy is that the prospects for recovery for someone with ARBD are remarkably positive – provided that they are diagnosed and treated in time.
To find out more, visit Alcohol Concern information hub on ARBD http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/arbd/