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A social care leader has called for urgent action to deal with the triple pressures which he says are battering care homes and domiciliary care companies in Wales.
Care Forum Wales chair Mario Kreft has called on the Welsh Government to act after new figures showed a steep rise in the number of people aged 85 or over. According to Public Health Wales, the figure will reach 184,000 by 2036 which represents a 145% increase since 2011.
At the same time, says Mr Kreft, the sector is also being hit by chronic underfunding and the prospect of having to give staff a 30% pay increase without knowing where the money is coming from. The introduction of the living wage would also have a knock on effect because remuneration at every level would have to be increased accordingly to maintain … Read More »
By guest blogger BOB FERGUSON
A few days ago I stumbled across a radio programme featuring an item about a care home contract that provided for payment in lieu of “notice” on the death of a resident. The aunt of the complainant had been a long-term resident in the home. When she died five years ago, he declined to pay. He has since been pursued intermittently by the home which is now threatening court action. There was no mention in the programme of the resident’s property having been left in her room following her death.
The presenter spoke to one of the care home industry’s more cerebral spokespersons to give his reactions. I must say I expected to hear the voice of reason: a short sharp repudiation of this repugnant practice, followed perhaps by a pledge to root it out from among his … Read More »
Is the Care Quality Commission, in seeking to assess ‘quality in a place’, trying to do too much? asks JEF SMITH.
What do we see when you look up at the night sky? Stars of course. Even if we can’t name them, we can to pick out the brighter ones, spot occasional falling stars, perhaps distinguish stars from planets. Some observers, however, see not just stars, but constellations. They make links between individuals’ brightnesses which the rest of us hadn’t noticed, observe changes in their relationships over time, know how one star’s light impacts upon others. Such insights give the heavens a wholly new dimension.
The Care Quality Commission has recently started to contemplate a similarly extended reality. During the spring it published reports looking at what it rather pedestrianly describes as Quality in a Place, first in North Lincolnshire and then in … Read More »
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
Over the weekend just gone, at a social occasion unconnected with social care, I overheard the following scrap of conversation: “Of course, when it comes to care homes, when they’re in the private sector and driven by profit, they cut corners and people don’t get the care they need …’
Depressing isn’t it? To my knowledge, the person who made this comment had nothing to do with social care and had no qualified experience of social care, but the sentiment he expressed has become a truth almost universally acknowledged.
In this person’s simplistic view, local authorities have no role. The fact that social care was farmed out to the private sector, and that public bodies then abused their role as purchaser by screwing-down prices never gets a mention. If asked what they think a fair price for … Read More »
A Bristol care home owner has decided to close her home because of what she describes as ‘ridiculous bureaucracy’ and no support.
Reporting in the Bristol Post in early August, reporter Tristan Cork said Elizabeth Laycock, who has owned and managed the 10-bed Bradley House for the past 20 years, is to close the home in September.
Ms Laycock told the Bristol Post she had decided to sell up earlier this year, having become tired of having to fulfill the needs of the rules laid down by the Care Quality Commission.
The home has been inspected five times in the last three years, and each time is praised for the way it looks after its residents, how happy they are and how well the staff are treated. But the home has been marked down for what Ms Laycock says are “silly little things”.
At … Read More »
A good practice guide has been published to help minimise the impact on people, and their families and carers, in the event of a care home closing in response to poor care, an emergency or market exit.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has worked in partnership with NHS England (NHSE), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) to agree the guide – Managing care home closures – which sets out how local and national organisations should work together in order to co-ordinate action, avoid duplication and prevent confusion for people using services, their families and carers, care home providers and their managers and staff.
The guide was developed following an event co-hosted by CQC and NHSE earlier this year to explore how unplanned care home closures are managed, learning … Read More »
‘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 »