Calls for local authorities to give accurate information on care home costs | Care Industry News


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.

During the investigation, the Ombudsman also found the council had unclear information about care home fees on its website. It has asked the council to review its procedures to avoid similar problems happening again.

Michael King, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, said:

 

Source: Calls for local authorities to give accurate information on care home costs | Care Industry News

Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis | Care Industry News


A leading social care group has warned that any predicted increases in NHS pay must be matched by better funding for the independent care sector to avoid a

Source: Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis | Care Industry News

CQC figures reveal hundreds of care homes have gone two years since last inspection | DisabledGo News and Blog


More than 300 residential care homes for younger disabled adults have not been inspected by the care watchdog for more than two years, according to official figures obtained by Disability News Service (DNS). The figures, released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in response to a freedom of information request, also show that 87 care homes in England have not had an inspection since 2014. And 10 homes have not had an inspection for between three and four years. In all, the CQC figures show that, on 1 June 2017, there were 311 care homes for adults under 65 (out of a total of 5,358 homes across England) that had not had an inspection by the regulator in the previous two years. Despite DNS alerting CQC to the figures on Monday, the commission failed to respond to requests for a comment by noon today (Thursday). The commission’s press office claimed today that its “team of analysts” were not clear how the figures were compiled, even though the press office has been told that they were

Source: CQC figures reveal hundreds of care homes have gone two years since last inspection | DisabledGo News and Blog

Elderly in ‘free care’ being hit by hidden fees: Thousands of families being charged ‘top ups’ that can exceed £100 a week : Daily Mail.


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  • Age UK research found 48,400 older people in care homes are paying charges
  • Its director, Caroline Abrahams, said they were ‘stealth taxes’ on families 
  • The charity said some families are being told to pay the top-up or ‘move out’  

Thousands of families are having to pay expensive ‘top ups’ for their relatives’ care home stay – even though they were told they would be getting it free.

An investigation has found that a quarter of those told their care would be free are having to pay stealth charges that can run into thousands of pounds.

Age UK said its research had found that 48,400 older people in care homes are paying the charges, which can exceed £100 a week.

This is despite the fact they have already met the tough conditions for their costs to be paid entirely by their local council.

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s charity director, said the charges were ‘stealth taxes’ on families, many of whom were being put in ‘horrible situations’. Pictured: A stock image of an elderly man being cared for in a home 

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s charity director, said…

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Study reveals abuse of elderly people in care homes still continuing : i NEWS.


Good care should be available to all that need care for to not do so is disrespect to the rights of those individuals.

It should be the responsibility of everyone within the care industry to keep a check on their work colleagues and if the correct care is not being given then those should be reported. For to not report is condoning the abusive actions.

Quality monitoring is a must, especially within care, for those who are in need of care will be vulnerable to bad care practices if good quality care is not maintained.

Action on Elder Abuse welcomes new CQC guidance on visiting rights to care homes | Care Industry News


Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has welcomed new guidance published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regarding visiting rights to care homes.

Source: Action on Elder Abuse welcomes new CQC guidance on visiting rights to care homes | Care Industry News

Care Quality Commission consultation on fees asks for care operator views | Care Industry News


The CQC describe these proposals in more detail in their consultation document. You can tell them what you think using their online form, details below. You can

Source: Care Quality Commission consultation on fees asks for care operator views | Care Industry News

As care homes close placing more pressures on the NHS-NCA looks at the State of Care | Care Industry News


Today it is care homes, tomorrow it could be home care and if so this would create even more pressure on care homes. For if care is restricted by available funding the movement of persons currently receiving care at home will be forced to go into care homes, if there are in fact any available. If not even more pressure will be on the NHS and social care, not only for the persons requiring care, but also for those persons who are providing unpaid care i.e. the family carers. For this is not only related to care of the elderly, but also care of persons with disabilities, both learning and physical.

Care Quality Commission’s State of Care report

healthwatch Hillingdon response to 2015/2016 report

 

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The State of Care report highlights the fact that chronic underfunding is damaging the sector, which is at a ‘tipping point’, with the current funding settl

Source: As care homes close placing more pressures on the NHS-NCA looks at the State of Care | Care Industry News