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Ombudsman says councils must offer affordable care home placement options

Posted on February 1st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Ombudsman says councils must offer affordable care home placement options

When arranging care, councils must offer families the option of a nursing or care home placement which does not need a top-up fee, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has said, following an investigation into Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

The investigation involved a Solihull family who paid a top-up fee for three years for their father’s care. The family should not have been asked to pay this additional fee.

The LGO said the case was another example of people across the country being given insufficient information to be able to make informed choices about their care – a problem which the LGO continues to see and which it highlighted in a Focus Report in September 2015.

In the Solihull investigation, a man went into a nursing home temporarily in September 2007. Before he moved into the home, the council contacted 13 nursing homes on … Read More »


Petition opposes plan to scrap Attendance Allowance for new claimants

Posted on January 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Petition opposes plan to scrap Attendance Allowance for new claimants

Sign the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/119787

Michael Vaughan, managing director of the Red Rocks nursing home in The Wirral, has set up an online petition calling on the Government to abandon its plans to scrap Attendance Allowance (AA) for new claimants.

Mr Vaughan said the plan to scrap the allowance was very quietly announced just before Christmas in the Government’s Local Government Finance Settlement (see link below).

“The plan involves passing any saved monies on to local councils under plans for devolution, (as I understand it, without the money being ring-fenced) and many people who currently qualify for Attendance Allowance will then not meet local authority’s increasingly strict qualifying criteria for assistance,” said Mr Vaughan.

“AA is a non-means tested benefit for people aged over 65 needing help with personal care because they are physically or mentally disabled. It helps people to remain at home for longer … Read More »


Survey on GP care for residents with dementia

Posted on January 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Survey on GP care for residents with dementia

Care England, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, is conducting research into GP care for care home residents living with dementia.

They would like care home providers and managers to complete a short survey exploring how the health service meets the physical and mental health needs of people with dementia living in care homes, how GP practices provide primary care services to care homes and if GP practices charge care homes for these services.

The survey is available online at https://survs.com/survey/fa2sm0lszz and will take less than five minutes to complete.

All responses are anonymous.





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