New liberty protection laws to replace DoLS

Posted on March 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on New liberty protection laws to replace DoLS

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 »

Care home quality dips in some areas

Posted on March 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care home quality dips in some areas

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 acquires site in Kent

Posted on March 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Inspired Villages acquires site in Kent

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 »

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