The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has secured more than £2m in compensation for residents of care home operator Sunrise Senior Living as part of an investigation into compulsory ‘upfront fees’.
Sunrise has said it will give money back to the vast majority of residents who paid such fees since 1 October 2015. This will apply to residents who have left or leave within two years of moving in to one of the company’s care homes. If the resident dies within this time, their family will receive the compensation.
The move comes as part of the CMA’s ongoing investigation into how some care homes charge for their services. This uncovered that Sunrise’s description of its upfront fee – running to several thousands of pounds per person – and how it would be used, was unclear. Moreover, prospective residents were having to pay … Read More »
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
We spent the long weekend just gone mainly in our garden and on our allotment, planting, pruning, weeding, watering and so on, and it got me thinking about the role of plants in our lives.
Years ago, when I was a nurse working on the wards I was bemused (and often irritated) by the number of bunches of flowers that people brought in for their ailing relatives and friends. I don’t know how they manage it now, but in those days, each ward had a ‘flower room’ for the storage of vases and as somewhere to store the dozens of arrangements at night.
Honestly, some patients were surrounded by so much greenery that I felt like Harrison Ford beating my way through an equatorial rainforest just to take the patient’s temperature. I’d almost swear they had hanging baskets … Read More »
A ‘citizens’ assembly’ has been commissioned by Parliament to consider the best way to fund adult social care.
The Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care will be formed by 50 people who have been chosen to reflect the makeup of the wider population.
Building on existing public engagement, the assembly is being established as part of the inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care, which is being carried out by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee and the Health and Social Care Committee.
Members of the assembly will hear from expert contributors with different views on how the sector should be funded, before then holding discussions around the issues and reaching a set of recommendations.
The findings and the evidence submitted to the inquiry will then be considered by the committees.
The assembly will be run by Involve, a public participation charity that … Read More »