Latest Care News
4th April 2018

GP visits to care homes reduce hospital admissions by nearly 40%


21st March 2018

Funding gap for care home charges filled by service users, says report


16th March 2018

Pharmacists funded to work in care homes in England


15th March 2018

Dementia UK lauds frontline nurses with emotional animation


6th March 2018

Counting the cost of adult social care as councils set spending budgets


1st March 2018

Call for government to ditch ‘discriminatory’ PIP rules for NHS care home stays


19th February 2018

Dementia research must study care as well as cure


15th February 2018

Social care allowances are confusing – the government must offer clarity


8th February 2018

Fears over pressure on care system as National Audit Office warns staff and funding are not sustainable 


28th January 2018

Social care at ‘tipping point’ as back pay crisis grows, warn councils


23rd January 2018

Dementia sufferers 'wiped out' financially in 'unfair' care system, says Jeremy Hunt


19th January 2018

6 reasons why we need dementia-friendly financial services


18th January 2018

Dementia study adds to calls for more funding of music therapy

Music can help reduce symptoms but only 5% of care homes are using it effectively, finds report


25th December 2017

Voucher plan to help pay for elderly care


13th December 2017
The state of social care shames us all

4th April 2018

GP visits to care homes reduce hospital admissions by nearly 40%

A new scheme piloted in four nursing homes in east London reduced emergency bed days by 53%

21st March 2018

Funding gap for care home charges filled by service users, says report

Councils are not paying enough to fund care home places and residents are plugging the gap, new figures from care market analysis firm LaingBuisson have revealed.
 
According to the firm’s updated care cost benchmarks toolkit, released today, care homes for older people in England need to charge between £623 and £726 a week, depending on the standard of accommodation and whether the home provides care for people with dementia. On average, however, councils pay just £555 per week, leaving a shortfall of between £68 and £171.
16th March 2018

Pharmacists funded to work in care homes in England

NHS England is planning to fund the recruitment of 240 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to work in care homes to try to cut down on unnecessary medicines taken by the residents.
 
Care home residents often have one or more long-term health conditions, with some prescribed 10 or more medicines.
15th March 2018

Dementia UK lauds frontline nurses with emotional animation

Dementia UK has expressed its thanks to nurses tending to people with dementia by creating a three-minute animation to draw attention to the specialist care provided.
 
https://vimeo.com/259327452
 
Together Again, conceived by Arthur London, puts the spotlight on the profession by depicting a husband and wife wrenched apart by an ocean – a metaphor for the widening gulf that can be opened up through loss of memory – before being slowly brought back together via memory triggers and sensory recall.
6th March 2018

Counting the cost of adult social care as councils set spending budgets

How to fund adult social care is a question on the lips of all councils as they finalise their budgets for the next financial year.

 
The Local Government Association says nationally adult social care is facing a £2.3 billion funding gap by 2020.
1st March 2018

Call for government to ditch ‘discriminatory’ PIP rules for NHS care home stays

Campaigners are calling on the government to scrap a policy that prevents disabled people with complex healthcare needs receiving the benefits they need to stay mobile if they are living in residential homes.

19th February 2018

Dementia research must study care as well as cure

Social care faces an annual funding gap of £2.3bn by 2021 – by which time nearly a million people in the UK will be living with dementia. With no way to slow or stop the diseases that cause dementia, it is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer.

15th February 2018

Social care allowances are confusing – the government must offer clarity

Anew report details an expert panel’s solution to the care crisis: for national insurance to be replaced with a new, ringfenced tax dedicated to health and social care. It contends that few people would argue with reforming and raising tax, given the severe financial and capacity pressures on services.

8th February 2018

Fears over pressure on care system as National Audit Office warns staff and funding are not sustainable 

Fears have been raised over the pressures on the care system as the National Audit Office warned that funding and staffing levels are not sustainable. 
 
In a damning report the public spending watchdog said the lack of prestige associated with working in care, poor career progression and low pay meant the sector struggled to retain staff. 
28th January 2018

Social care at ‘tipping point’ as back pay crisis grows, warn councils

A crisis in social care will lead to the imminent closure of providers across the country unless ministers step in to fill a £400m black hole in back pay, councils have warned today.

23rd January 2018

Dementia sufferers 'wiped out' financially in 'unfair' care system, says Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt has pledged to reform the “unfair” system of care for the elderly which sees those with dementia “wiped out” financially.
 
The Health Secretary said social care in England was currently “random”, with the financial burdens on families drastically different depending on the nature of their loved-one’s illness.
19th January 2018

6 reasons why we need dementia-friendly financial services

Being able to manage our money and deal with financial services is a fundamental aspect of life. But when a person develops dementia, this can become extremely difficult and lead to feelings of lost independence.
 
There are currently over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. This number continues to rise, with another person developing dementia every three minutes. The cost of dementia is £26 billion a year (based on 2013 cost data).
18th January 2018

Dementia study adds to calls for more funding of music therapy

Music can help reduce symptoms but only 5% of care homes are using it effectively, finds report

The symptoms of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people with dementia could significantly improve by listening to and playing music, according to a report.
 
The study, which compiled existing evidence as well as talking to experts, found music can help people with dementia recall information and reduce symptoms such as anxiety, agitation and aggression.
25th December 2017

Voucher plan to help pay for elderly care

Tax-free vouchers like those used by parents to pay for childcare should be offered to encourage people to save towards long-term care costs, a company has proposed.
 
Eldercare vouchers could be used to build up a pot of savings to pay care home fees in later life or for domiciliary care at home under the plan.
13th December 2017
The state of social care shames us all

Why are people on the left so exercised about how we pay for social care? After all, better-off care home residents who pay their own way are each quietly subsidising to the tune of £12,000 a year those with fewer assets who are funded by councils that negotiate lower fees. What could be more socialist?

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