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 »
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 »
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 »
Caring Times, March 2018
Following an independent review of the care sector, the country’s official Consumer Association ‘Which?’ has named Greensleeves Care the best third sector care provider in their February edition. The authoritative guide is entitled “Finding a way through the broken care system” and was published in mid-January.
Greensleeves Care, a national care charity providing residential, dementia and nursing care, is also named the Best Care Provider in two regions; East of England and the South East. The findings are based on the inspection ratings of the care regulator, Care Quality Commission (CQC). 95% of Greensleeves Care’s 20 homes are rated Outstanding or Good, significantly outperforming the CQC’s benchmark data where one in four homes is rated as Requires Improvement or Inadequate.
As a dynamic and growing care charity, Greensleeves Care places a strong emphasis on innovation and quality improvement which … Read More »
Caring Times, March 2018
Increasing the amount of social interaction for people with dementia living in care homes to just one hour a week improves quality of life when combined with personalised care.
A large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, King’s College London and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust found that the approach also saves money.
Previous research has found that in many care homes, residents have as little as two minutes of social interaction per day.
The new study, funded by the National Institute of Health Research and published in the journal PLOS Medicine, upskilled key care home staff to deliver person-centred care. That involves simple measures such as talking to residents about their interests and involving them in decisions around their own care.
When combined with just one hour a week of social interaction, the programme improved quality of life and … Read More »
Caring Times, March 2018
More than two thirds (67%) of families caring for disabled adults with complex needs live in fear of what will happen to their loved one when they are no longer able to provide support, according to a new report by the national disability charity Sense.
The report, ‘When I’m Gone’, reveals three in four (75%) families caring for a loved one with complex needs have no long-term plan in place for when they are no longer able to provide support. Nine out of 10 (95%) family carers say they have little to no trust in local authorities being able to provide adequate care to their loved one.
The report also highlights new Freedom of Information data that reveals only one in four councils are able to support disabled people and their carers to make contingency plans for future care … Read More »
NICE has launched a new guideline on People’s experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services.
The guideline covers good practice in the care and support of all adults who use services and aims to improve their experience of services.
People who use services were involved in the development of the guideline and the recommendations are based on what they consider to be important in their care and support.
The guideline can be viewed on the NICE website: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng86
Encore Care Homes, who manage three care homes in Dorset and Hampshire, have responded to a recent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on the social care workforce, pointing out that Encore at least is one provider who can demonstrate how much it values its staff.
The NAO report said low rates of pay and workload pressures meant some care services were struggling to recruit new team members but Encore says it offers staff above average wages and a range of shifts which cater to each individual’s lifestyle and commitments.
Encore’s employees receive an hourly rate which is above the national average wage for care workers. Senior healthcare assistants at Encore can earn up to £9.74 an hour depending on NVQ qualifications.
Staff with no NVQ qualification can earn up to £8.05 per hour, which is over the national minimum wage.
“Encore prides … Read More »
The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. This is the major finding of a National Audit Office (NAO) report released in early February.
The report said the number of people working in care was not meeting the country’s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing.
“While many people working in care find it rewarding, there is widespread agreement that workers feel undervalued and there are limited opportunities for career progression, particularly compared with similar roles in health,” said the NAO report.
“In 2016-17, around half of care workers were paid £7.50 per hour or below (the National Living Wage was £7.20 in 2016-17), equivalent to £14,625 annually. This, along with tough working conditions and a poor image, prevents workers from joining and remaining in the sector.”
There are around 1.34 million … Read More »