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


12th January 2018

Warning over 'trust' schemes supposed to help families avoid paying for care


11th January 2018

Ombudsman calls for councils to be clear on care home costs


10th January 2018

We need a new care deal to tackle the challenges of an ageing population


3rd January 2018

Social care in 2018: time to think about the future workforce


25th December 2017

Voucher plan to help pay for elderly care


20th December 2017

Government warned against using council tax to 'plug gap' in social care funding


16th December 2017

Social care postcode gap widens for older people


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

6th December 2017

David Cameron admits 'we didn't solve' problem of funding social care for Britain's ageing population


1st December 2017
Sleep-in pay crisis:
should you join HMRC’s new Social Care Compliance Scheme?

30th November 2017

Care homes: Public 'pay unfair fees to plug £1bn shortfall'


28th November 2017

Care workers 'exhausted' by staff shortage


14th November 2017

We can't fix social care if we think it's just for older people 


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.
12th January 2018

Warning over 'trust' schemes supposed to help families avoid paying for care

Families are being put at risk by unregulated firms promising to help them avoid care fees and inheritance tax, lawyers and financial advisers have warned.

With average nursing care home fees now exceeding £1,000 a week for the first time last year, more families are having to navigate the maze of care funding.

11th January 2018

Ombudsman calls for councils to be clear on care home costs

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is reminding councils across England they must give families accurate information when placing relatives in care homes, following an investigation into a complaint against Lincolnshire County Council.
 
The investigation found a family was not told about the possibilities available to them when their father was placed in a care home as an emergency. They were left with no option but to pay a ‘top-up’ fee, when the council should have offered them the choice of a home which did not require the additional amount. When they struggled to pay the fees, their father was threatened with eviction.
10th January 2018

We need a new care deal to tackle the challenges of an ageing population

I hope this year will mark a step change for adult social care; without decisive action, the gap between those in need of care and the provision of appropriate services will widen further. It’s time to agree a new approach to ensure older people can remain active and well for as long as possible. Investment in technology is also urgently required to better promote independent living and communities designed for mobility and age.

3rd January 2018

Social care in 2018: time to think about the future workforce

The government’s forthcoming green paper on care and support for older people, and the parallel workstream on working age adults, is an opportunity for us to recognise the work of 1.45 million adult social care workers across England – and to really think about what the future workforce will look like.

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.
20th December 2017

Government warned against using council tax to 'plug gap' in social care funding

Hiking council tax should not be used to "plug the gap" in social care funding, local authorities have warned the Government.
 
Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, told Sky News' All Out Politics that councils should be able to raise the tax by as much as they like to fund services.
16th December 2017

Social care postcode gap widens for older people

Council funding cuts have reduced help for the old in deprived areas, study shows

 

Older people in England’s most deprived areas are twice as likely to lack the help they need for basic acts, like using the toilet or taking medicine, compared with those in the richest neighbourhoods, according to figures that expose gross inequalities in access to social care.

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?

6th December 2017

David Cameron admits 'we didn't solve' problem of funding social care for Britain's ageing population

David Cameron has expressed regret he was unable to do more to deal with the “huge” challenge funding social care for Britain’s ageing population.
 
The former prime minister – who has since become president of Alzheimer’s Research UK – said a way had to be found to meet the “catastrophic” costs of caring for people with dementia.
 
1st December 2017
Sleep-in pay crisis:
should you join HMRC’s new Social Care Compliance Scheme?
The Government’s latest response to the sleep-in pay crisis is the introduction of a new Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS).
 
Under the scheme, providers who have not paid sleep-in shifts in compliance with the National Minimum Wage can self assess their non-compliance and repay workers with protection against HMRC enforcement action.
30th November 2017

Care homes: Public 'pay unfair fees to plug £1bn shortfall'

Care homes have been applying unfair charges and over-the-top fees for self-funders, an official review shows.
 
The Competition and Market Authority found some homes had applied large upfront costs and charged families for weeks after their relatives had died. 
 
The watchdog also highlighted how those paying for themselves were charged much more than council-funded residents.
 
The average weekly charge for self-funders was £846 - 40% more than local authority rates.
 
28th November 2017

Care workers 'exhausted' by staff shortage

A care worker in Northern Ireland has said she feels like a "workhorse" because a shortage of staff means she often has to work 80 hours a week.
 
Her comments follow a BBC investigation into the current state of social care.
 
It reveals that on one day this month, 88 people had to stay in hospital unnecessarily, due to a wait for a suitable home care package.
 
The Department of Health said care demand has risen "considerably" and it is reviewing its domiciliary workforce.
 
14th November 2017

We can't fix social care if we think it's just for older people 

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest challenges facing Britain is how we deal with our ageing population. The countless warnings about the crisis in social care leave no room for doubt. Over the last seven years, budgets have decreased by more than £6bn (pdf) in real terms, and more than 1.2 million older people are struggling to get by without proper care.

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