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
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
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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
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Katie Mantell argues we need to do more to raise understanding of what social care is and how it’s provided and funded.
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Who provides social care?
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 (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
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
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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
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
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