Tag: Ethics & Morals
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 »
Caring Times, February 2018
The cost of insurance for care home operators could be slashed by installing CCTV, according to Philip Scott of pioneering safety organisation Care Protect.
Mr Scott is calling on insurers to take the reduced risk to patients in homes with CCTV systems installed, and subsequent reduction in financial and reputational risk to homes, into account when calculating premiums.
The operator of a care home with 70 beds can currently expect to pay up to £10,000 a year for insurance, while the premium for nursing homes and those offering specialised services can be significantly more.
Care Protect’s monitoring system employs the latest sound and motion sensitive technology which when activated by a ‘resident event’, triggers recording which within seconds alerts the 24/7 professional monitor. This reduces risk because assistance can be provided to a resident within seconds of the event having … Read More »
The CareTech Foundation, a grant-making corporate charitable foundation, announced significant grants and collaborative support for its first three strategic partners at the Houses of Parliament in early February.
Founded by CareTech Holdings plc, a major provider of social care services, supporting adults and children with a wide range of complex needs in more than 260 specialist services across the UK, the foundation was launched in December and has already made a number of small grants nominated by CareTech staff. The event at Westminster announced three major beneficiaries – the childrens’ charity Barnados, the British Asian Trust (BAT), which tackles poverty across South Asia and kills for Care, which supports the adult social care workforce in England, to attract more talented people with the right values to work in the sector.
A specific aim of the CareTech Foundation’s donations and working relationships is … Read More »
Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has called attention to reports that tens of thousands of instances of abuse have taken place in sheltered housing over the last three years, as revealed by a BBC File on Four investigation.
Data collected via Freedom of Information requests sent to local authorities shows that over the period 2014/15 to 2016/17, more than 30,000 instances of abuse in sheltered housing complexes were recorded across the UK.
The figures showed a 30% increase over the period, despite many councils providing either incomplete data or none at all.
AEA director Stephen McCarthy said the findings were “deeply troubling” and should trigger an urgent investigation into what is happening, and what is being done about it.
“Sheltered housing is not regulated in the same way as residential homes, and most complexes no longer have dedicated managers living on site,” said Mr … Read More »
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published the initial findings of its care homes market study, and is investigating if some homes are breaking consumer law.
Launched in December last year, the market study has examined whether the residential care homes sector is working well for elderly people and their families. Having reached the halfway point of the study, the CMA has published emerging findings and announced that, as a result of information received during this work, it has opened a consumer protection case to investigate its concerns that some care homes may be breaking consumer law. This is focused on concerns about certain care homes charging families for extended periods after a resident has died, and homes charging large upfront fees.
The initial findings of the study highlight wider concerns about the sector, which will form the focus of the … Read More »
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In the wake of the urgent closures by the Care Quality Commission of the Merok Park nursing home in Surrey last December and the more recent closure of the Old Village School Hall nursing home in Bedfordshire, the charity Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has called for a change in the law to protect residents affected by urgent closures.
AEA says that, in the case of Merok Park, the transfer arrangement collapsed into confusion and chaos, with 26 residents moved in winter, at night and in the cold. In the case of the Old Village School Hall some 50 residents were moved, many after 6.30pm and some after 10pm, with some relatives describing the process as having caused huge distress to old, vulnerable people.
AEA has written to care minister Alistair Burt, calling for a change in the legal status … Read More »
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The Law Commission has launched a consultation paper on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty. The paper can be accessed at: http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/mental-capacity-and-deprivation-of-liberty/#related
The consultation paper reviews the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (the DoLS) in England and Wales. the Law Commission’s Tim Spencer-Lane said its goal was to replace the DoLS with a straightforward and accessible legal framework which provided appropriate safeguards for people who lacked capacity whose care or treatment was becoming restrictive.
“The provisional proposals in the consultation paper represent the Law Commission’s initial view about how the law should be reformed,” said Mr Spencer-Lane.
“We are undertaking a wide consultation process to gather as many different views and to gain as much information as possible within the consultation period. We welcome responses from all interested parties.”
The consultation period runs from until 2nd November. The Law Commission will then review … Read More »
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The Alzheimer’s Society has warned that thousands of people with dementia may be deprived of their liberty by a bureaucratic backlog of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications.
In mid-May, the Health and Social Care Information Centre on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) released quarterly figures for January – March 2015, which showed that at the end of September 2014, there were 19,429 applications where the outcome was still not decided. The data shows 119 out of 152 councils (78% of all councils) submitted data for Q4. The total number of DoLS applications in the quarter was 36,000. Of these 8,500 (24%) were granted, 2,900 (8%) not granted and 24,600 (68%) not yet signed off by the supervisory body or were withdrawn.
Alzheimer’s Society head of policy George McNamara said local authorities were being swamped with applications to restrict the liberty … Read More »
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A backlog of 19,429 Deprivation of Liberty applications where the outcome was still not decided represents a worryingly high number of people being deprived of their liberty without external scrutiny or authorisation, says the Alzheimer’s Society.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs). Since 2009 the rate of applications for people aged 85 and over has nearly doubled. DoLs, which apply in England and Wales, are intended to ensure that a care home or hospital only deprives someone of their liberty in a safe and correct way when they lack mental capacity.
At the end of September 2014, there were compared with 359 at the end of 2013/14. The increase has been attributed to a Supreme Court ruling last year, known as the ‘Cheshire West’ ruling which spelled out strict … Read More »
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Soaring numbers of Deprivation of Liberty applications resulting from last year’s ‘Cheshire West’ Supreme Court ruling are a good thing in the eyes of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
In its fifth annual monitoring report on the implementation of the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS), published in late January, the CQC said the Supreme Court had clarified that a person lacking mental capacity to consent to the suggested arrangements was deprived of their liberty if they were both:
• Not free to leave and
• Subject to continuous supervision and control.
As a result, the numbers of applications for use of the deprivation of liberty safeguards has soared, from around 13,000 a year to around 55,000 in the first two quarters of 2014/15.
The report points out that this rise in applications is a good thing, since it shows willingness among providers to … Read More »