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Deprivation of Liberty applications jump by seventy-four per cent

Posted on October 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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The number of Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) applications in England has already increased by 74% (9,200 applications) in 130 councils compared to the total number of applications in the same councils for the whole of last year (12,400 in 2013/14), according to figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

A DoL refers to a restriction of an individual’s freedom such as physical restraint or constant supervision. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are a set of legal requirements which ensure individuals are only deprived of their liberty in a necessary and proportionate way and provide protection for individuals once a DoL has been authorised.

Since DoLS were introduced in 2009, applications have increased year on year. However, the main contributing factor to this quarter’s larger increase is likely the Supreme Court judgment ruling in March 20146, expanding applications … Read More »


Independent Age welcomes new rules on top-ups

Posted on October 30th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Older people’s charity Independent Age has welcomed new rules under the Care Act to strengthen protection for families from having to pay unfair top-up fees for relatives’ care home costs.

The charity’s chief executive Janet Morrison said it also supported the requirement for councils to improve information and advice services on care issues.

”However we think the Government has missed an opportunity to liberalise the rules on who is eligible for social care, meaning that an estimated 235,000 older people will continue to be outside the system and need to either pay for care themselves, receive it from friends and families – or go without,” said Ms Morrison.

“This is shortsighted because many of those outside the care systems may as a result need to draw on health and other services earlier as a result.”


JRF Kennedy report: care homes need to be brought in from the cold

Posted on October 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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An inquiry into the state of the care home sector for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) calls for sweeping change to ‘inject humanity’ back into care homes, with personal relationships put at the heart of how they are run and regulated.

The call comes following a year-long personal inquiry by John Kennedy, Director of Care Services at JRF and care provider the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT), who has 30 years’ experience working in care homes. Mr Kennedy says that, with more of us living longer and our care needs changing, care homes should be declared ‘a sector of national strategic importance’ by the country, which cares for 400,000 people and employs more than 1 million people.

The inquiry argues human relationships and caring needs to be central to the system and the sector – replacing the impersonal and insecure … Read More »





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