Hft | About us | “A sector out of options” – Hft publishes latest research


Newly published research by Hft reveals that the number of social care providers who have been forced to cut support has doubled in the last 12 months.

Source: Hft | About us | “A sector out of options” – Hft publishes latest research

The Scandal of UK’s £15.1 Billion+ Elderly Cash Cows. ‘The hottest investment sector of the decade’.


This is but one of many scandals within the Caring Industry, so called.

Not only are residents not always cared for sufficiently, but in some respects neither are the care staff, with many, if not all on the National Living Wage or just slightly more.

With such low pay are we encouraging people to work in the care industry or is it the reverse.

There is a national shortage of Care Workers, especially within the Home Care sector of the industry. With the responsibilities that care workers should undertake they should be paid much more, which in turn could lead to the industry become much more fully staffed. In which case some providers would not just employ all who apply, but be selective to ensure only good quality carers are employed.

Then the Service Providers could be scrutinised fully to ensure all providers are providing a good quality service. This would not. well not initially, have any impact on the Safeguarding legislation, but may mean that we more good quality staff the home care part of the industry could be more equipped to provide more good quality care within a persons own home.

It is with this in mind that there is a petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage. By providing an increase hourly rate this may be a start to improve many aspects of the care industry.

So would you consider supporting the petition.

For more information please see below.

You may be aware that there is a crisis within Social Care, an even greater crisis than that within health. This is because a crisis in Social Care will have a great impact on health making the health crisis even greater.

Please could you consider supporting the Petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage. Petition link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/236151

I am involved in this Petition project based on the Care Workers within the Care Industry.

This industry is in crisis, as is the Health Service, but within Social Care this crisis is even greater. This in turn will create even more pressure on all aspects of the Health Service. Therefore, action is needed to minimise the Social Care crisis and pay paid carers a reasonable wage is one of these actions, so there is now a petition.

Please, therefore, could you support the Petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage, created by Flash, (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield), a group of family carers of relatives with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism in Sheffield who are concerned at the state of Social Care, not only in Sheffield, but throughout the UK.

We all know that there is a major crisis in Social Care not just in Sheffield, but all over the UK. This is in a large part due to the lack of persons willing to come into the Care Industry, of which the low pay is a prime factor.

Parliament are aware and have formed a Cross Party Committee to look at funding, recruitment and pay for Care Workers in the Care Industry.

The Government currently have a recruitment campaign for the Care Industry ‘Every Day is Different’ https://carervoice.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/new-campaign-to-recruit-thousands-more-adult-social-care-staff-gov-uk/comment-page-1/#comment-57 .

However, there is no mention of pay.

Please therefore, could you consider the following #pay #employed #wage#funding #government #serviceproviders #living

Could you look at promoting the Petition – ‘Pay all employed carers the Living Wage, created by FLASh (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield).

Petition link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/236151
Please sign this Petition, however, until you then click the signature verification link in the resulting email your signature will not be valid and will therefore not count re supporting the Petition cause.

More information https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazglWxA60JAY_2cpvN8

We need this Tory Government to end Austerity Cuts to Local Authorities and then increase the Grants to these Authorities so they can fund Care Service Providers to be able to pay their care workers at least the Living Wage.

Please also see the HFT report ‘Sector Pulse Check’, https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazglXuM7Duz6HOYXvsv

The care sector needs to recruit 128,000 new workers each year to replace those who retire or leave, new research has found.

The study (http://careassociationalliance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Care-Association-Alliance-Social-care-Workforce-Analysis-2018.pdf) by the Care Association Alliance and law firm Royds Withy King found that one in three workers leave the sector every year – the highest turnover rate of all job sectors in the UK.

The King’s Fund has also conducted a study, Closing the Gap: Key Areas for action on the health and care workforce, https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/closing-gap-health-care-workforce?utm_source=The%20King%27s%20Fund%20newsletters%20%28main%20account%29&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10393870_NEWSL_The%20Weekly%20Update%202019-03-21&utm_content=Closing_the_gap_button&dm_i=21A8,66RYM,JBZ5CO,OCYQ7,1

If the Petition attains 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond and if 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Please support and share with your work colleagues, family & friends, Social Media, MP and Local Councillors.

For any further information Chris can be contacted on carervoice@gmail.com

Thank you

Chris Sterry
Vice-chair of FLASh

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Some months ago I’d seen a sign go up on a slightly dilapidated Victorian house – Alzheimer Nursing Home

And driven past its silence most days, wondering about the lives inside.

I saw a large dinning table and chairs through its windows but never a person.

Short plump ladies in blue overalls went in and out .

Once a white aproned man stood smoking outside and a black suited lady alighted a 4 by 4..

But no residents.

Then last week a tall older lady sprinting along the road caught my eye.

Without bag, or key .dressed in a spotlessly white cardigan and patterned, belted polyester dress, her neat dyed auburn curls freed in the breeze.

Her face ecstatic.

Appearing to embrace  the air, the sun and trees and the euphoria of freedom.

Rarely had I seen such a look of joy and expectation.

Later it struck me she was…

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An American woman wearing a Chinese dress is not cultural appropriation | Anna Chen | Opinion | The Guardian


When is a dress just a dress? Remember those photos of the little cocktail number that looked blue with black lace to some and white with gold lace to others when they were in fact the same frock? American teenager Keziah Daum now possesses a prom dress with similar magical properties, and it’s landed her in hot water with culture pedants.

The attraction of the qipao (“cheongsam” in Cantonese) is obvious: a sexy, figure-hugging sheath of silk with a high mandarin collar balancing a va-va-voom flash of leg via a thigh-high slash. Its beauty, however, turned into a curse when photos posted on social media of her wearing her beloved vintage find made her a target for tens of thousand of tweets accusing her of cultural appropriation. That’s one heck of a fashion crime.

 

Source: An American woman wearing a Chinese dress is not cultural appropriation | Anna Chen | Opinion | The Guardian

Government takes small step over risk of NHS care home discrimination


It should be an individuals right to be able to live where they chose to and not where an authority states they should. Care is personal to the individual and should never be reduced in quality or quantity.

Long term care should not be metered by cost, but by individual need in accordance with their choice. Why should having a disability or a life long condition mean their choice cannot be respected.

Chris Why-Lie Part iii


I voted leave, not because of the promise of £350 million for the NHS, not about immigration, not about non-UK people taking jobs, but because I do not trust the EU.

Remainers say why leave when all is great, but is all great for if it is now, which is debatable, can we trust the EU not to change what already is there and Remain are saying ‘why lose this’.

It is my view that if we believe Remain and stop Brexit what we have already we will lose.

For eventually there will be no individual countries within the EU for it will be Federal States of Europe.

The only form of power and Government will be from Brussels, there will be one tax system, one army, navy and airforce, one currency and many more.

If you want to lose the £, have no say in how the UK is run, would the NHS be safe, have one taxation, etc. There then could be VAT on Food, childrens clothes and much more.

The current individual country Governments could be reduced to Local Council status and where would that then leave the current local councils.

The Bureaucrats in Brussel have one agenda and that is only power with them.

So Brexit to the End and beyond, for only then will we have choice on how we proceed into the future.

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/943015/Brexit-News-Whistleblower-referendum-Cambridge-Analytica-Vote-Leave

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When a rat is cornered their next move is always predictable.

If someone claims they supported Leave but then spouts that his side only won because “they cheated” then that person has to be called out for what they are – a bare-faced liar. These people will stop at NOTHING to overturn Brexit. This is a MIRROR IMAGE of what’s currently happening across the pond with the absolute hysteria swirling around Trump’s Presidency.

Rather than have a referendum re-run “for clarity”, what this stooge REALLY means is that he and his “handlers” need the opportunity to have a second crack of the whip,when they’ll leave nothing to chance the second time round. They’ll ensure fail-safe systems are in place to skew the vote to such an extent that Remain win by a huge margin to “prove” the first result was a fix and to consign…

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As A Disabled Woman I Had To Battle To Get Married


People may have some form of disability, but why should this be a barrier in life, for is life not just what you make it to be.

People talk about ‘normal’ but what is ‘normal’ is this just a perception for what could be ‘normal’ for one may not be ‘normal’ for another.

Being with another, be it marriage or not, is creating a relationship to which both parties belong and relate to.

The two persons are the important factors in the relationship and others or Society should not be imposing any barriers to that relationship, provided both are consenting partners, they are of legal age and have the capacity to consent.

Same Difference

Sometimes he’d even forget that I only had one arm. He was an able-bodied person, a complete man – he could get any girl.

But he was with me. It had been a year since we started living together under one roof without getting married.

The decision to stay together while unmarried was not an easy one.

It started after I created my profile on a matrimonial site to alleviate my mother’s concern about my marriage.

I had turned 26 and my mother thought it was time.

My left arm had got cut off in an accident when I was a child, so I understood her anxiety about my marriage.

One day, I got a request on the matrimonial site. The man was an engineer by profession. He was Bengali too, just like me, though from a different city.

But I was unable to decide anything. So I wrote back…

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Anger over Royal Society’s ‘love fest for euthanasia’ conference | DisabledGo News and Blog


Disabled activists have attacked the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) for hosting a conference on “choice at the end of life” that was little more than a “love fest for euthanasia”.

RSM said before the event that the conference would “question whether or not assisted dying is complementary or contradictory to the notion of person-centred care”.

But speakers in favour of legalising assisted suicide far outnumbered those who opposed a change in the law.

One of those behind the conference, Professor Roger Kirby, who chairs RSM’s academic board, told the audience that the idea for organising it came to him after reading an article written by the husband of a terminally-ill woman who travelled to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland to take her own life.

The other senior medical figure who helped organise the event, he said, was Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), whose terminally-ill husband, Professor Paul Cosford, told the conference that he was in favour of a change in the law.

Professor Cosford, who has incurable cancer, and is patient and medical director for Public Health England, suggested that having choice at the end of life should include the option of an assisted suicide.

He told the conference: “I cannot predict how I will die but I can focus on living well now if I know that I would have some kind of control at the time if I need it.”

He added: “To enable choice at the end of life, taking account of individual care needs, may well need a change in approach.

“I do think that might include [the option of] assisted dying.”

He was followed by two further speakers who were in favour of legalisation: Tony Wicks, whose wife ended her life at Dignitas; and Julie Smith, whose husband had been prevented from travelling to Switzerland to end his life at the clinic.

The first three speakers were all supportive of legalising assisted suicide, while the fourth, an assistant coroner, expressed no opinion.

The next speaker was Dr Catherine Sonquist Forest, a strong advocate of legalisation, who takes part in the practice of assisted suicide in California – where it is called “medical aid-in-dying” – where it was legalised in June 2016.

The conference did not hear from an opponent of legalisation until the sixth speaker, Juliet Marlow, from Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), who had only been added to the list of speakers after NDY UK raised concerns at not being invited to speak at the event.

 

Source: Anger over Royal Society’s ‘love fest for euthanasia’ conference | DisabledGo News and Blog

PM refuses to back bid to scrap law that criminalises rough sleepers


It is shameful that Theresa May will not scrap this law and that being so would it be possible to review this Act so that it becomes more relevant to the 21st Century.

This being that now, as it was not so in 1824 there are other means to consider people who are homeless. Rather than criminalise them the Law should be reviewed so that there is a commitment or ‘Duty of Care’ on every Local Authority to do everything possible to minimise homelessness. Many of these homeless persons will be there due to circumstances, which in many ways would be outwith their control and therefore each individual should be considered so that their life could be changed in such a way that they are given choices that are mutually agreed upon and not just dealt with like an object that can be bungled away.

Like everyone these homeless persons also have rights and deserve the choice to lead a reasonable life.

Blame fat kids for NHS crisis says ex-surgeon & shadow health secretary : RT Question More.


Lord McColl is obsessed with just one aspect, when there are many aspects to consider.

Health and Social Care go in tandem as you can not fund one without the other or even worse under fund both.

Health and Social Care need to work closer together and it does have to be a consideration should not one organisation manage both Social Care and Health, for to not to do so is bound to have some duplication of work, which is not cost effective, especially having two management structures.

However, in many cases, family life is seriously fragmented for in 1948 it was generally that the male was the person who went to work, while the female looked after the family. This is not so today for in many families both parents are working so that they can, in some respects are able to function as a family unit by having the monetary means to fund a reasonable life.

As both parents are now working, this creates problems in creating meals and there many families create meals by using convenience foods or take always, which in some respects is not cost effective, for within the cost is an element of preparation by another party.

Family units are now more diverse and to find work many units have splintered across the UK and beyond.

You then have the power of the media, especially advertisements, which are geared to influence children and parents alike, by promoting foods which are considered less healthy, but are very tasty and appealing.

Also are Social Care and Health sufficient to manage the ever increasing population, the living longer factor and the increase in persons with disabilities, both physical and learning, due to improvements in medical science.

The may be other factors, but to chose just one shows complete ignorance of the problems and thereby the solutions.