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


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.

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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