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‘Give us better, more timely information about the patients you are discharging to us’, nursing homes tell hospitals

Posted on July 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘Give us better, more timely information about the patients you are discharging to us’, nursing homes tell hospitals

Nursing homes need better, more timely information from hospitals when patients are discharged or returned into their care, the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has said.

In its response to Care Quality Commission (CQC) recommendations for improving co-ordination between health and social care providers, the RNHA wants the NHS to review the way it interacts with nursing home staff on important clinical matters that can materially affect individuals’ recovery in the period immediately after their hospital discharge.

RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said the whole system needed a “shake-up”.

“As the CQC has pointed out, care home staff often don’t receive even the most basic information about the people being discharged to them,” said Mr Ursell.

“They may not be told about the medication the patient has been receiving in hospital. Yet these details are vital when a vulnerable individual with multiple health conditions … Read More »


Local Government Ombudsman makes first joint finding against a council and care home operator

Posted on July 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Local Government Ombudsman makes first joint finding against a council and care home operator

A complaint about the neglect of an elderly woman in a care home has led the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO)to issue its first joint investigation report into a care home and local authority.

In the first of its kind, the LGO is issuing a report covering the actions of both a private care provider and a council’s subsequent safeguarding investigation into that provider’s quality of care.

The investigation was prompted by a complaint from a man who said his wife was left severely dehydrated and suffering from oral thrush after a week-long respite stay at a care home. The woman, who had advanced dementia, required full assistance in all areas of daily living, and could not say when she was hungry or thirsty. She struggled to swallow and needed a thickening agent added to her drinks.

The woman’s husband privately arranged and funded … Read More »


Council tax precept fails to close adult social care funding gap

Posted on July 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Council tax precept fails to close adult social care funding gap

Levying extra council tax to pay for social care has failed to raise enough money to cover the cost of the new National Living Wage (NLW), let alone address the huge shortfall in funding in the face of increasing demand, a survey of all 151 adult social services directors in England has found.

Research published today (Wednesday, 13th July) by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) highlights that the precept, introduced in the Autumn Statement 2015 to give councils the option to raise council tax by 2% for adult social care, will generate less than two thirds of the more than £600m needed to cover the NLW this year.

That means that this year, directors are left with a gap to fill of around £940m just to keep services operating at last year’s levels.

ADASS president Harold Bodmer said councils … Read More »





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