Tag: Reports


Families say social care services have got worse

Posted on February 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Families say social care services have got worse

UK families say care services for children and older people have got worse in the last five years, but reserve their harshest criticism for care of older people, particularly homecare services, according to reviews reported to Good Care Guide.

More than 40% of reviews of homecare agencies in 2016 rated them as poor or bad for quality of service and for value for money Based on an analysis of 9,000 reviews left by families on the Good Care Guide website, the latest research shows:

In 2012, 22.7% of homecare agencies were rated poor or bad for quality of service by older people and their families. By 2016 this had almost doubled to 41.6% of homecare services getting poor or bad reviews. The percentage of reviews rating homecare agencies as poor or bad for value for money rose from 23.4% in 2012 to … Read More »


‘Put aside prejudice about the private sector’ says Kreft

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on ‘Put aside prejudice about the private sector’ says Kreft

Caring Times, February 2017

A social care leader is calling for the authorities to put prejudice about the private sector in to one side to solve the crisis facing the NHS this winter. Mario Kreft, the chair of Care Forum Wales, stressed the need for everybody to work in partnership following the publication of a report by the Welsh Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee into “winter preparedness”.

According to Mr Kreft, the key findings chimed with what Care Forum Wales had been saying more many years. The report’s first recommendation was that there needed to be more integration between the health and social care sectors and that, crucially, the independent sector needed to be part of the solution The report also highlighted concerns about the financial viability of the sector in the light of the many care home closures which … Read More »


BGS issues guidance on health services for people living in care homes

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on BGS issues guidance on health services for people living in care homes

Caring Times, February 2017

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) calls for everyone who commissions or provides healthcare in care homes to follow the principles of good practice set out in the guidance it published in January, so that every older person who lives in a care home in the UK has access to high quality healthcare which fully meets their needs.

Based on the clinical expertise of its members the updated BGS guidance sets out clinical and service priorities for how best practice can be achieved, and provides clear indicators of what successful delivery looks like for older people, their families and carers.

In the UK 405,000 people over the age of 65 years old currently live in care homes. This represents 16% of older people over the age of 85. Their healthcare needs are complex and the average care home resident has multiple long-term … Read More »


Care homes should have clear policies on pets

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care homes should have clear policies on pets

The chief executive of a Shropshire not-for-profit care provider Coverage Care has welcomed a call for more residential homes to implement a pet policy to make the transition into care an easier process for older people.

David Coull says he supported the campaign by the charity Blue Cross for all care homes for elderly people to have a specific pet policy. Blue Cross says its research found that 40% of UK care homes claim to be ‘pet friendly’ but, in practice, this often isn’t clear or consistent. The charity wants care homes to be clear on where they stand regarding residents keeping their pets and the responsibility of residents living with their pet in the home.

Mr Coull said a transparent policy would make moving into care easier for people who don’t want to part with their pets.

“Moving into care is a … Read More »


Funding shortfall leaves self-funders filling £1.3bn gap

Posted on January 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Funding shortfall leaves self-funders filling £1.3bn gap

Self-funding, or private-pay, care home residents are keeping the sector afloat according to the latest figures from healthcare market intelligence provider LaingBuisson.

The latest update to its Care Cost Benchmarks toolkit has found that the average fee per resident paid to care homes falls short of the real costs of service provision by more than £100 a week – a situation which means that those residents who pay from their own finances are filling a funding gap of £1.3bn a year.

Headline figures from the toolkit show that residential care homes in England for older people, which employ average levels of staff at average pay rates, currently need to charge fees of between £648 and £590 per week in order to generate a reasonable annual return on capital (set at 11% in the Care Cost Benchmarks model, a level LaingBuisson says is … Read More »


Committee looks to Manchester for solutions

Posted on January 13th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Committee looks to Manchester for solutions

Caring Times, January 2017

In early December, the House of Lords Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS met to take evidence from the leaders of the new Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the devolved body which now controls a £6bn annual budget to deliver health and social care in Greater Manchester.

The Committee wanted to explore whether the pioneering devolved model in Manchester could provide lessons that different regions or UK as a whole could learn from when delivering sustainable health services to an ageing population with increasingly complex healthcare needs.

Questions covered the impact of devolution on health and social care in Greater Manchester including how funding is now distributed differently around the system, the effect on workforce planning and what benefits the devolution has produced in integrating health and social care services.

The Committee also sought information about … Read More »


BGS raises the profile of sarcopenia

Posted on January 13th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on BGS raises the profile of sarcopenia

Caring Times, January 2017

Sarcopenia, the loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that accompanies ageing, has emerged as a key topic in geriatric medicine and represents a rapidly expanding field of research. Prevalence may be as high as 1 in 3 for frail older people living in care homes.

There is increasing appreciation of sarcopenia’s importance for an ageing population and a growing understanding of its causes. The condition is closely linked to physical frailty and detection of sarcopenia is beginning to be incorporated into clinical practice, and to undergo large clinical trials. To better represent this area the British Geriatrics Society has announced the formation of a new Special Interest Group (SIG) focusing on sarcopenia and frailty research.

In addition, to help raise the profile and aid the recognition of sarcopenia, a dedicated session covering diagnosis and treatment of the disease … Read More »


Doubts raised about online Power of Attorneys

Posted on January 12th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on Doubts raised about online Power of Attorneys

Caring Times, January 2017

Organisations representing and providing services for older and vulnerable people have jointly raised concerns around the Government’s online tool for creating Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).

An LPA is a powerful legal document which allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through an accident or illness such as dementia.

In May 2014, the Government’s Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) launched its online LPA tool, which it claims allows people to create the documents without the need for professional advice from a solicitor.

But a new report, published by a coalition of organisations led by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), warns that anyone creating an LPA without taking specialist legal advice faces a significantly higher risk of being left with … Read More »


Funding favours Tory constituencies, says GMB

Posted on January 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Funding favours Tory constituencies, says GMB

Caring Times, January 2017

Some of the most deprived areas of the UK face ‘outrageous’ social care cuts while leafy Tory strongholds are getting millions of pounds shovelled into their coffers, according to the GMB union.

Figures released by the union show the ten wealthiest parts of the country have seen their spending increase by £135m since 2010. GMB says the poorest parts of the UK have had their social care budget has been slashed by £145m while the constituencies of David Cameron and Theresa May have been given a huge cash boost. Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire’s spending has rocketed by more than £40m each while during the same period the ten poorest regions’ budget has reduced by £135m.

Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham, which cover the Prime Minister’s constituency, have had a budget increase of almost £10m between them and the biggest spending … Read More »


Cheap debt drives heated market in US and Europe

Posted on December 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Cheap debt drives heated market in US and Europe

Transaction activity is booming in the elderly residential care market across North America and Western Europe, according to financial consultants Clearwater International, who say the activity is driven by the availability of cheap debt, an increasingly ageing population, rising demand for specialist care for conditions such as dementia, and reablement care.

In the United States in November, Second Spring Healthcare Investments acquired a portfolio of 64 skilled nursing facilities from Welltower Inc., the listed US real estate investment trust, for €990m. AIM Group Holding Limited bought a portfolio of three senior living communities in areas surrounding Washington D.C. and Atlanta, for €104m and SHA Housing Limited purchased a €30m portfolio of supported living assets from Topland Group.

In Europe, Clearwater has advised Colisée Group on the acquisitions of elderly home care providers Bien à la Maison and Nouvel Horizon Services. They have … Read More »



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