Caring Times News
New recommendations to help healthcare professionals recognise and assess levels of pain in older people have been published in the scientific journal Age and Ageing.
The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) says there is growing evidence to demonstrate that chronic pain is more prevalent among the older population and pain that interferes with everyday activities increases with age. Alleviating pain in the older population is therefore a priority.
The guidelines seek to address specific areas in which improvements can be made. Specific areas that were identified as presenting a particular challenge when managing older people’s pain included ‘stoicism’ which can result in the underreporting of pain, the perception that increasing pain is a natural part of ageing and 10 minute consultations in the UK general practice which often limits older adults from engaging in meaningful conversation about their pain. It was also noted … Read More »
Now in its sixth year, the 2017/18 Your Care Rating survey achieved its highest ever response rate of 40.5% for its Residents’ Survey, up from 35% in its first year of publication in 2013. The Family and Friends’ Survey also achieved a high response rate, of 48%. The Residents’ Survey received more than 16,500 responses from 820 care homes while over 12,000 questionnaires from 686 homes were completed for the Family and Friends’ Survey.
Conducted by independent market research organisation Ipsos MORI, the Your Care Rating surveys produce an Overall Performance Rating (OPR) out of 1000, and across all participating homes. For 2017/18, the overall result was an average score of 878 for the Residents’ Survey and 836 for the Family and Friends’ Survey. Your Care Rating founding director Mel Knight said the care home sector was all too often perceived … Read More »
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Good news that the Government intends to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with a system to be called ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’ (LiPS).
It’s certainly a better title, focusing attention on the protection aspect rather than on deprivation and we are told the new rules will be less complex. But it’s early days and the proposals are going to be put out for consultation prior to any legislative changes. I am sure the lawyers will apprise us of the implications for social care providers and local authorities but we have to hope that the bureaucratic burden will be somewhat lightened without opening any avenues for potential abuse.
I wonder if there will be any impact on my obsession about open windows; I have always slept with my bedroom window wide open as I enjoy the night air. … Read More »
Proposed new legislation would replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with a new system – Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS), a set of checks that aim to make sure that any care which restricts a person’s liberty is in their best interests.
Government says the reform will offer a more efficient and effective system which better takes into account people’s past and present wishes for care and treatment. The proposed changes follow a series of recommendations published by the Law Commission last year, criticising DoLS as being too bureaucratic and complex.
The Government is consulting with health and social care stakeholders to finalise the plans before introducing new legislation. Care minister Caroline Dinenage said the Government broadly accepted the recommendations made by the Law Commission and would replace DoLS in a bid to provide better care for people and increase access to the … Read More »
The proportion of care homes rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ increased in one in five local authority areas in 2017.
An analysis by older people’s charity Independent Age has found that a dramatic variation in the quality of care homes at a regional and local authority level across England continues to exist. The North West is the worst performing region, while London and the East of England are the best performing regions.
In some areas such as Tameside or Portsmouth, older people and their families continue to face little choice of quality care, with around one in two homes rated not good enough by the Care Quality Commission. The main regional findings are:
The North West contains five of the eight worst performing English local authorities on care home quality, with more than one in four care homes across the region performing poorly;
The … Read More »
Inspired Villages Group (IVG), an operator and developer of later living accommodation established by Legal & General in August 2017,has acquired Ledian Farm in Leeds Village in Kent.
The seven acre site, which comes with a detailed planning consent for a retirement village, is expected to have a gross development value of more than £50m and provide over 115 homes when built. Located close to Leeds Castle, it has an attractive setting on the edge of Leeds village, offering an idyllic country outlook within an existing village community.
IVG chief executive Jamie Bunce said the acquisition of Ledian Farm further expanded the group’s national footprint, currently arranged over six village schemes in Warwickshire, Cheshire, West Sussex, Devon and Hampshire, as it looked to satisfy the growing demand for well-designed later living communities, expanding its property portfolio to 3,500.
“Ledian Farm is the seventh … Read More »
Regional contractor Stepnell has been chosen by care home developer Frontier to build two care homes in Bedfordshire.
Each home will have 75 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as communal spaces for dining, relaxing and socialising. Each home will have its own cinema room and gym, a café, hair and beauty salon, guest accommodation and a children’s play area for visitors.
Stepnell’s team in Rugby has just started work on the two construction contracts in Flitwick and Stotfold – each worth £8m – designed by architects Harris Irwin Associates. Each home is set for completion in May 2019.
Stepnell construction director Bill Haynes said the two facilities would help answer the significant need for high-quality, care home accommodation in Bedfordshire.
“The company brings to these schemes significant specialist expertise in delivering care homes of the highest quality,” said Mr Haynes.
“We have extremely experienced … Read More »
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Last week, guest blogger John Burton touched on the management of dentures in care homes and used an extended toothy metaphor in a trenchant criticism of the regulatory regime. I thought I’d borrow the trick.
British bulldog-like, the Government has its teeth locked firmly into negotiations with Brussels and no amount of cudgelling seems likely to make it let go and take its other responsibilities more seriously.
Indentured as it is to the Brexit referendum, the Government may now be patting its pockets in search of its many pairs of spectacles. The foreign secretary has purloined the rose-tinted pair (apart from anything else they look well beneath his golden mop) and the NHS-issue set, meant to improve far-sightedness never seemed to work properly.
Like an aged recipient of social care, this government is becoming presbyopic and is ever more … Read More »
Once again care homes are planning to celebrate connections with their local communities. After a successful day of celebrating great care across the UK on Care Home Open Day 2017, with more than 2,568 care homes taking part, this year’s event is on the Saturday, 21 April.
Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said that, with Care Home Open Day’s emphasis on the importance of connecting with local communities, developing lasting relationships and encouraging intergenerational rapport, the theme for this year would be ‘Linking Communities’.
“In this day and age, care homes can and should be the hub of the community,” said Prof. Green.
“We at Care England are keen to support Care Home Open Day 2018 as a means of celebrating the links our members have with their wider communities. We encourage everyone to get involved to make it a … Read More »
Three months after it was published, the Government has now responded to the Competition & Markets Authority report on the care homes market, accepting only “in principle” the CMA’s recommendations to address market sustainability.
Provider representative body Care England says much of the Government’s response pushes the actual plan and any action on sustainability and capacity of provision into the forthcoming Social Care Green Paper.
“As such we are no further forward on issues relating to funding and market confidence in meeting the care needs of vulnerable people across England,” said Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green.
“The Government notes that it ‘would expect to see an increase in the fee levels paid to providers over the remainder of the Spending Review’ but this makes absolutely no commitment to ensure that those increases (if they happen at all) should be enough to … Read More »