Tag: Reports


Delayed discharges lose almost 4m hospital days since 2011

Posted on November 30th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Delayed discharges lose almost 4m hospital days since 2011

National older people’s charity Age UK says that, since 2011 almost four million hospital bed days have been lost through delayed discharges due to problems securing social care, with delays getting homecare rocketing by 209% in six years.

The charity says it’s getting worse, with the starkest increase occurring between 2015/16 and 2016/17, when there was a 27.2% rise in the number of bed days lost through an inability to have social care arrangements in place, from 695,037 days, to 954,799 days.

And the latest available figures show that in the period between April and July 2017, there have been 13.2% more days lost to social care than during the same period in 2016. Whilst there is no age breakdown available for patients affected by delayed hospital discharge they are typically older people. Age UK charity director Caroline Abrahams said the figures … Read More »


Study: people die more comfortably in a care home

Posted on November 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Study: people die more comfortably in a care home

Very old people are more likely to die comfortably if they die in a care home or at home, compared with dying in a hospital, suggests a new study from the University of Cambridge.

Yet while the overwhelming majority of very old people reported symptoms at the end of life such as distress, pain and depression, the study found that these were not always treated effectively.

Older people with dementia commonly report multiple symptoms as they approach the end-of-life, and if these symptoms are not adequately controlled, they may increase distress and worsen an individual’s quality of life.

The researchers argue that their findings highlight the need to improve training in end-of-life care for all staff, in all settings, and in particular to address the current shortage of palliative care doctors in the NHS.

Compared with people who died in hospital, the odds of … Read More »


William Laing publishes care home fees funding proposal

Posted on October 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on William Laing publishes care home fees funding proposal

Leading health economist William Laing has published his ‘Personal Asset Protection Guarantee’ (PAPG) White Paper, the key proposal of which is that individuals are guaranteed to keep

about three-quarters of their personal assets in the event of their needing residential care in their old age.

The White Paper deals with the question of how the cost of long term care should be divided between the State and those individuals (mainly property owners) with care needs who have the resources to pay for themselves. The PAPG proposes a novel mechanism which defines individuals’ eligibility for council support for residential care in terms of the percentage of each individual’s assets which has been spent-down since being assessed as needing care.

William Laing, the founder of healthcare analysts LaingBuission, argues that the PAPG would be more efficient and equitable as well as easier to understand than … Read More »


No more ‘make do and mend’

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on No more ‘make do and mend’

Caring Times, October 2017

Responding to research on MPs’ opinions about social care, Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, said the research, by Independent Age, challenged both main parties to put aside their differences and work together to fix the crisis in the social care system.

“There is an overwhelming consensus among MPs that it does not meet the needs of the ageing population,” said Mr Humphries.

“MPs of both main parties agree that adult social care needs both fundamental reform and more funding, and so it is vital that the forthcoming government consultation addresses this.

“Despite numerous reviews, commissions, Green and White Papers on this, successive governments have ducked the challenge. Parliament has made clear that the ‘make do and mend’ approach to the social care system is no longer good enough.”


Wales puts social care in top rank of priorities

Posted on September 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Wales puts social care in top rank of priorities

A decision by the Welsh Government to include social care as one of five key priority areas for its new economic strategy has been hailed

as a “potential game-changer” for the sector.

The five priorty areas identified by the Welsh Government under its ‘Prosperity for All’ strategy are early years, housing, social care, mental health and skills and employability.

According to provider representative body Care Forum Wales, independent care homes and domiciliary care companies are now getting the recognition they deserve for the £3bn-a-year contribution they help make to the economy and to communities across Wales.

The announcement by First Minister Carwyn Jones was welcomed by the organisation’s chairman, Mario Kreft. It was, he said, a particularly timely boost when a number of care homes and homecare companies were having to close or give up their contracts because they were not financially viable.

“In Wales … Read More »


‘People willing to pay more tax to fund social care’ says FCC report

Posted on September 19th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on ‘People willing to pay more tax to fund social care’ says FCC report

Caring Times, November 2017

A UK-wide poll commissioned by the charity Future Care Capital (FCC) has found that most people support income tax rises to increase funding available for adult social care.

A key finding was that most of those questioned said people should be required to plan ahead – 67% agree that people should be required to plan and prepare financially for later life, whilst 49% agree that they should be required to plan and prepare financially for adult social care services they might require later in life.

The charity has also commissioned a UK-wide poll through Ipsos MORI to gauge public opinion about preparing for and managing future care needs.

FCC chief executive Dean James said public attitudes about adult social care were changing

“Our poll shows that the public are willing to contribute more through tax to increase funding available for adult … Read More »


No more ‘make do and mend’

Posted on August 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on No more ‘make do and mend’

Responding to research on MPs’ opinions about social care, Richard Humphries, senior fellow at The King’s Fund, said the research, by Independent Age, challenged the leaderships of both main parties to put aside their differences and work together to fix the crisis in the social care system.

“There is an overwhelming consensus among MPs that it does not meet the needs of the ageing population,” said Mr Humphries.

“MPs of both main parties agree that adult social care needs both fundamental reform and more funding, and so it is vital that the forthcoming government consultation addresses this.

“Despite numerous reviews, commissions, Green and White Papers on this, successive governments have ducked the challenge with the result being that many vulnerable people are now forced to rely on friends and family or are unable to access care at all. Parliament has made clear that … Read More »


Homecare report highlights deficiencies

Posted on August 30th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Homecare report highlights deficiencies

Healthwatch, an independent champion for people who use health and social care services, has published a report on homecare services, in response to what it says has been a doubling of the priority of concern about homecare over the last year.

The organisation analysed the experiences of 3,415 home care users, their families and front line staff across 52 local areas between August 2015 and June 2017. These findings came from local Healthwatch events, surveys and site visits to health and care services.

Healthwatch has identified four themes which it believes will be of interest to those who commission, provide and regulate social care services:

• Care planning – People frequently reported that staff were unfamiliar with their clients’ care plans. In cases where it was a staff member’s first visit to a client, insufficient time was often allowed to enable them to … Read More »


Local government seen as an obstacle to national planning for social care

Posted on August 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Local government seen as an obstacle to national planning for social care

Social care needs to become part of the ‘national infrastructure’ on a footing similar to that of the National Health Service, with a reduction in the role

of local authorities, according to Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green.

Interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s John Humphrys on the Today programme in the wake of a report published in the Lancet which says an extra 71,000 care home places will be needed over the coming eight years, Prof. Green said swift action was needed with planning for the next 20 to 30 years rather than focusing on a five-year timeframe dictated by the electoral cycle.

“What we need is the Government to see social care as part of national infrastructure,” said Prof. Green.

“If we want to have uniformity across the country, with everybody having the same opportunities. we’ve got to have a national policy. … Read More »


Lancet study says 71,000 care home places needed in the next eight years

Posted on August 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Lancet study says 71,000 care home places needed in the next eight years

An analysis of care needs in 2011 compared to 1991, published in The Lancet, suggests that the ageing population combined with greater levels of dependency means that, at current levels of provision, there will be a shortfall of more than71,000 care home places by 2025.

The study compares levels of dependency in adults aged 65 years and over in England in 1991 and 2011 – 15000 adults in total, who were classed as high dependency if they required 24-hour care, medium dependency if they required care at regular times each day, low dependency if they required care less than daily, or independent.

Professor Carol Jagger, lead author from Newcastle University, said the past 20 years had seen continued gains in life expectancy, but not all of these years were healthy years.

“Our study suggests that older people today are spending more of their … Read More »



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