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‘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 »
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 »
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 »
Brexit has prompted a surge in enquiries to immigration lawyers with businesses and workers concerned for their future one week on from the EU Referendum.
National law firm Simpson Millar’s head of immigration Emma Brooksbank has reported a huge 1,100% rise in calls from EU migrants hoping to secure permanent residence and a similar surge in enquiries from businesses employing foreign workers who face a significant new tariff when the UK exits the European Union.
Ms Brooksbank said the bill for recruiting an employee from overseas could soon hit a record £2,675 – or more.
“If the UK removes the current exemptions for EEA (European Economic Area) nationals and ceases to be a signatory to the treaties which enshrine the rights of free movement in the EU, companies would likely need to navigate Tier 2 of the Points Based System to recruit from … Read More »
An inquiry into the quality and financial sustainability of adult social care in England has been launched by the Communities and Local Government committee.
The inquiry, which is now open for written submissions, will look at whether local authorities have sufficient funding to meet their statutory duties under the Care Act to assess and meet the needs of people requiring care and support.
The committee’s chair Clive Betts MP, said the inquiry would also look at the role of carers and look at alternative funding models for financing and providing care. It would cover all adult social care provided or commissioned by local authorities and not just the support given to elderly care users.
“Adult social care provides a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in society but it is coming under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand and … Read More »
NHS needs to work more closely with nursing homes, says RNHA in wake of National Audit Office report
Nursing homes can play a key role in helping hospitals discharge older patients as soon as they no longer need acute treatment, the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) said at the end of May.
Responding to a recent National Audit Office (NAO) report which calls for radical changes to help tackle delayed hospital discharges of older people to more appropriate care environments, RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell called on the NHS to work more systematically with the adult social care sector.
“By working together in a more co-ordinated manner than is generally the case right now, the NHS and social care would ensure a smooth, swift and efficient transfer of older people from hospital into more appropriate care environments,” he said.
“This would help prevent the daily and progressive loss of muscle function and mobility that inevitably occurs when a frail older person … Read More »
A draft social care has been issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is open for consultation until Tuesday, May 17th.
The guidance, ‘Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs’, can be found at:
Funds being raised by Dudley Council in the West Midlands to shore-up the costs of social care are being used to help balance the books on the previous year’s care overspend, according to the West Midlands care Association (WMCA).
Under Chancellor George Osborne’s plan to fund care sector needs, he sanctioned a 2% rise in council taxes during the Spending Review last November. But it emerged at an emergency members’ meeting of the WMCA, which represents private and charitable care providers, that the new monies will have no impact on the current industry crisis. Neither will there be any new monies generated for social care from Mr Osborne’s 2016 Budget proposals.
Hopes that the Chancellor would heed calls by the Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to bring forward £700m of social care funding were not realised and the WMCA says more … Read More »
An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has found that almost half of care home managers feel the NHS isn’t providing residents with dementia adequate and timely access to vital services like physiotherapy, continence and mental health services. This had led to instances where people have been left bed-bound, incontinent and sedated because the health service is too slow in responding to their needs.
The investigation, which is part of the ‘Fix Dementia Care’ campaign, involved a survey of more than 285 care home managers in England conducted jointly by the Alzheimer’s Society and Care England, as well as first-hand testimonies of carers of people with dementia living in care homes.
It also found that one in five care homes surveyed were being wrongly charged by GP practices for services that should be free on the NHS – up to as much as £36,000 a … Read More »
A report commissioned by BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ programme suggests more than a quarter of care homes in the UK are in danger of going out of business within three years.
The report, compiled by business risk analysts Opus Business Services, said about 5,000 homes were at risk of closure because they carried too much debt and did not make enough profit to cover loan repayments
Opus business risk adviser Nick Hood said that, on average, care homes made £17,647 in profit before tax and that individual care homes were borrowing about 61% of the value of the business on average – a figure that amounted to £4bn across the industry. He said there were 20,000 care homes in the UK, operated by 5,871 individual owners who made, on average, about £60,000 annual profit as operators.
“It leaves a very small … Read More »