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Older people should receive free help to eat, wash and get dressed in a move which would improve their health but need to be funded by a 2p tax rise, a thinktank has said.

The proposal, by the left-of-centre Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), highlights the growing political consensus that personal care should become free for over-65s. If implemented, it would bring England into line with Scotland, where such care has been free since 2002.

The IPPR argues that the key principle underlying access to the NHS – free care at the point of need – should be extended to this element of social care services in England.

Doing so would remove what critics say is a deeply unfair system in which more and more people of pensionable age are having to use their savings to pay for care received at home that is vital to their independence.

The switch would cost an extra £8bn a year by 2030 but could be paid for by raising income tax by 2p or National Insurance by 1.3p, according to calculations in a new IPPR report.

The NHS would save £4.5bn a year by 2030 because older people would be in better health as a result of improved support at home and so would end up in hospital less, it says. Cuts to local council budgets since 2010 have contributed to hospitals becoming routinely full all year round.

The NHS’s bill for providing “continuing healthcare” to those with high-level medical needs would fall by £3.3bn, fewer hospital admissions would save £270m and improved end-of-life care in people’s homes would yield a further £267m saving. A fall in the number of patients who remain in a hospital bed despite being fit to leave would free up another £670m.

The report comes days after Jacob Rees-Mogg, a prominent rightwinger and leader of the European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, said he supported the principle of social care becoming free and paid for by government, not individuals.

“It is far better to pool risk and for the taxpayer, where appropriate, to step in and help those who would face ruinous costs on their own, making social care largely free at the point of use. This is something we can afford as a nation, if we can get our priorities right,” he said.

However, those receiving care should also pay £5,000 a year to help cover the costs, he added.

Last month, Conservative MP Damian Green said social care should be modelled on the state pension in a paper for the Centre for Policy Studies, a free market thinktank.

“In 1948, politicians were brave in making the NHS free at the point of need and funded out of general taxation. We need our politicians today to be just as courageous and do the same for social care,” said David Behan, the chair of Health Education England, the NHS medical training agency.

“The hallmark of a civilised society is how well we treat the most vulnerable, including our elderly parents and grandparents. At the moment, we are failing them, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Labour has pledged to introduce a National Care Service and massively expand access to free social care if elected.

Barbara Keeley, the shadow minister for social care, declined to say if she backed the IPPR’s call for free personal care. She and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, have been discussing whether to include such a pledge in Labour’s next manifesto.

“At the last election, Labour pledged to set up a National Care Service, cap care costs and spend £8bn more over the parliament, and last month we announced plans to ensure that 160,000 more older people receive help at home with their care needs,” said Keeley.

A government green paper on reforming social care has been delayed many times since its intended publication last year. It is expected to include proposals on “risk sharing” to cover the cost of expanded social care support and stop retired people having to sell their home to pay for such help.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the care and support they need. We will set out our plans to reform the social care system at the earliest opportunity to ensure it is sustainable for the future.”

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/23/personal-care-should-be-free-for-over-65s-says-thinktank

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Monday, 29 April 2019 07:32

Care and support in Nottinghamshire


As you get older, or if you have problems with your health or mobility, then living independently and safely can become increasingly challenging. Here you can find out ways to support yourself or improve your quality of life and we will help you find the support and tools to do this. 

Most people have to pay something towards the cost of their care and support. If you think you will be responsible for paying for your care and support, we have produced a guide to support you

We have two short videos about how to get information and how to get support.

Nottinghamshire Help Yourself

The first place to look is Nottinghamshire Help Yourself which brings together a range of care and support providers with information about activities, events and groups all in one place.


Contact us

Alternatively, you can contact our customer service team who can guide you through the options.

If you can't find the service you're looking for let us know and we'll contact providers to try and close that gap.


We also provide some services to help you keep independent which you can access at anytime, without the need for any type of assessment.

Meals at home

County Enterprise Foods provides an award winning service, delivering delicious, great value, hot and frozen meals to home across Nottinghamshire. Visit the County Enterprise Foods website for more information.

Handy Person's Adaptations Service

This provides the help and support you may need to keep safe and secure in your home with low-cost but high quality essential adaptations and small practical jobs. Visit our HPAS page for more information.


If you have lost a loved one or your health is deteriorating, you may find that you are struggling with daily life or feeling lonely. The Connect service can help you by finding information about local services, activities and opportunities. If needed, Connect staff can work with you around money issues, housing problems, health management and other things. This short-term support will be tailored to your needs and will focus on achieving what you want in a way that suits you.

If you, or someone you know, might benefit from the advice and support of Connect, phone:

Bassetlaw: NCHA

Ashfield, Mansfield and Newark & Sherwood: Age UK

Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe: Metropolitan

A similar service for younger adults is also available through Framework. Visit the Framework website for more information.

Independent Financial Advice and Support

It is a good idea to get financial information and advice from an expert if you are making decisions about paying for care.

This may be, for example:

  • if there are a number of options available and you would like support to choose one
  • where there is a potential conflict between your interests and ours
  • when you are about to enter a legal agreement, such as a deferred payment agreement
  • when you want advice on specific financial products to get the most out of your assets. 

Providers you might find helpful are listed on the Nottingham Help Yourself website and include:

Alternatively you can phone us on 0300 500 80 80 where our advisers can guide you through the options.

Independent financial advisers (IFAs) can give you advice on financial matters and recommend suitable financial products but you may need to pay for their advice. 

If you need more support

If after exploring these options you feel you may need more support, then you might need to have a Care and Support Assessment. This will allow you to explain the things you are finding hard to achieve and we will discuss with you how we might be able to help you.

The aim of the assessment will always be to help you regain or maintain a level of independence.  We will carry out the assessment in the most proportionate way depending on your needs, this could be over the telephone or at one of our clinics.  

Please contact us on 0300 500 80 80, an advisor can help you with your options and may complete a referral for a care and support assessment.

Find out more about whether you may need to pay for your own care and support and the different options available.


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Government should provide free personal care for everyone, charity recommends in report

Fewer than one in four homeowners are saving for their future care needs, despite more than half fearing they could lose their homes to pay for care in later life, research has found.

A survey commissioned by the Independent Age charity found more than 143,000 older people – more than one-third of the 421,000 currently in residential care – are likely to face costs of £100,000 or more to pay for their care. Such costs have been described as “catastrophic.

In recent years, the government has proposed introducing a cap to prevent people from having to pay such amounts. However, separate research by Grant Thornton UK LLP, also commissioned by Independent Age, has revealed a cap would fail the majority of older people in care homes.

Instead, in its report, the charity has called on the government to introduce free personal care for everyone.

“Simply put, no one would pay for their care, avoiding up to hundreds of thousands in charges,” said George McNamara, the director of policy and influencing at Independent Age. “Free personal care could be introduced at a similar cost to the government to a cap on care costs.

“It would remove the unfairness in our health and social care systems, whereby someone who has a long-term health condition like cancer gets all of their treatment for free, while someone who develops dementia will be subject to a means test and may end up spending huge amounts on care for the remainder of their life.”


Free personal care would eliminate costs for people receiving care at home. For those in residential settings, it would reduce costs by more than one-third – leaving them to pay non-care related costs including bed, board and lodging.

The government’s proposal of a cap on care costs, which is expected to feature in the much-awaited social care green paper, has been widely speculated about. The research showed that if the proposed cap were set too high, many older people in residential care would not live long enough to reach it – the average length of stay in a care home is 22 months.

In addition, most of the proposed caps take no account of “hotel costs” – the non-care related costs of being in care, including food and lodging, which can exceed £100,000 for a lengthy stay in a care home.

However, other experts are cautious about free personal care. Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s charity director, said: “A cap on care costs would only help a small minority of older people … Free personal care sounds great and there are some suggestions it would cost little more than a cap, but we’re not currently convinced it’s really as good as it looks.

“It would not, for example, help tackle the chronic labour shortage, nor in and of itself improve the quality and sustainability of the care on offer.

“A wide range of reforms is probably what’s required, included a national scheme which allows us to pool our risk of needing care so no one has to live in fear of sky-high care bills.”

Claire Turner, a director of evidence at the Centre for Ageing Better, said: “In addition to delivering a properly funded and effective social care system, the government should consider legislating for flexible, paid carers’ leave and give carers a right to return to the same job.”

The Department of Health and Social Care said: “We introduced landmark reforms to prevent people from being forced to sell their homes to pay for their own care and have given local authorities access to up to £3.9bn more dedicated funding for adult social care this year, with a further £410m available for adults and children’s services.

“We will set out our plans to reform the social care system at the earliest opportunity to ensure it is sustainable for the future.”

source:- https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/24/fewer-than-one-in-four-homeowners-saving-for-future-care-survey



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Saturday, 06 April 2019 16:46

Supported Living Nottingham

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    • to have a minimum of one year’s experience of care
    • to be legally entitled to work in the UK
    • be willing to undertake a CRB/DBS record check
    • complete our induction training programme
    • A QCF Level 2 in Care (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential
    • Being a UK driving licence holder is an advantage.
    • good social and communication skills
    • Enthusiastic, caring, friendly, trustworthy individuals who are compassionate and reliable
    • Flexibility - your hours could include days, evenings, weekends and bank holidays

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The care sector has the highest staff turnover rate of all sectors in the UK, with one in three workers leaving the sector every year, according to a new report by the Care Association Alliance.

The ‘Social Care Workforce Study’ described recruiting and retraining staff as being “challenging” in a sector where average pay for a care assistant is £350 a week - a full £200 a week lower than the UK all-jobs average.

The report also showed that, of the 1.47 million people employed in social care, 305,000 (23 per cent) are currently aged over 55. This has serious ramifications for care industry recruitment in the future.

The report, compiled with law firm Royds Withy King, estimated there would need to be around half a million new care staff within the next ten years to meet increasing demand alone.

Charles Taylor, a steering group member at the Care Association Alliance, said: “The UK has an aging population – by 2030 we will have 13.25m individuals aged over 65 – and our report sets out to explore the challenge providers face in employing staff as Brexit looms large. Our findings do not paint an encouraging picture.

“The sector needs to recruit 128,000 new members of staff every year to replace those that retire or leave, and to meet increasing demand. Increased demand alone means that in 10 years’ time the sector needs 500,000 new members of staff. In 2016, the latest data we have, the sector managed to recruit just 20,000.

Another significant factor highlighted in the report is that 80 per cent of the workforce is female. Without workforce diversification, the care sector will struggle to recruit enough staff to meet future care demands.

Mr Taylor said: “To put that into context and based on the gender demographic of today’s care workforce where 80 per cent is female. In 2017, 126,642 young women left secondary education.

“Assuming the care sector remains primarily staffed by women, it would need to recruit 102,000, or 81 per cent, of those female school leavers every year to meet demand. That is clearly not possible and illustrates the challenges the care sector faces.”

The report also made mention that 33 per cent of all nurses and 16 per cent of care assistants are foreign nationals. In London, this rose to 65 per cent of care assistants and 84 per cent of nurses.

James Sage, employment lawyer and head of Health & Social Care at Royds Withy King said: “The Government plans to severely restrict access to care staff from the EEA after Brexit, despite the current staffing crisis engulfing the care sector.

“There are no special rules for the care sector despite it being particularly reliant on European staff. To exacerbate the problem, the Government has failed to adopt a coherent strategy to address staff shortages by other means.”

The Care Association Alliance has called for the Government to rethink its post-Brexit immigration proposals in light of the significant staff shortages in the care sector.

Mr Taylor said: “The proposed visa that would allow low-skilled people into the UK for a 12-month period is simply not good enough. It would be costly for care employers to manage whilst further exacerbate staff turnover.

He advocated: “We would urge the government to introduce a social care visa which would only be available to people working in that sector. Such a model already exists for those working in the agricultural sector. If the Government cannot support the sector, care providers will be forced to close, leaving the vulnerable and elderly without sufficient care and support.”

source https://www.homecare.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1607171/staff-turnover-in-socal-care-cited-as-the-highest-of-any-sector-in-the-uk


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Care Co-ordinator - Care Services

The aim of the position is to maintain continuity of care and support to all service users and to ensure efficiency and reliability of all visits to service users by suitably trained and experienced care workers.

Involvement and Information

  • Ø  To be aware of the Company, including the structure of the organisation.

  • Ø  To know how, and where to access Company policies and procedures and relevant documentation.

  • Ø  To process any new business referrals, making visit appointments for the Registered Manager/Field Care Supervisor and sending out relevant information to privately funded service user enquiries.

  • Ø  To positively promote the service user’s right to choice and independence whilst ensuring that they are treated with the utmost respect, privacy and dignity at all times.

  • Ø  To be aware of local and national services and sources of support so that information can be provided to service users upon request.

  • Ø  To ensure that care workers receive their weekly rotas and service users their visit schedule in a timely manner, prior to following weeks start date.


Personalised Care, Treatment and Support

  • Ø  To communicate effectively with service users, carers and other professionals.

  • Ø  To ensure that service user, personnel and electronic files are kept up to date. This includes, but is not limited to; inputting all new care and support plan documentation and maintaining accurate records of communication and visit.

  • Ø  To alert the Registered Manager to any changes to agreed service user care and support plans, as informed by the commissioner, service user or care workers.

  • Ø  To ensure that all holiday/sickness and emergency calls are documented and reassigned within a timely manner and that all parties are kept informed and regularly updated.

  • Ø  To undertake any care worker duties as required by the Registered Manager.

  • Ø  To inform care workers and service users of any planned or unplanned changes to their visits in a timely mannerat all times.

  • Ø  Carry out duties in line with safe working practices, ensuring adherence to Health and safety standards e.g. safe manual handling practices at all times.


Safeguarding and Safety

  • Ø  To understand the arrangements for ensuring that service users are safeguarded against the risk of abuse

  • Ø  To ensure that care workers are not assigned any work until all statutory recruitment checks have been completed, all training and shadowing requirements have been met, and the staff file signed off by the Registered Manager

  • Ø To be part of the “on-call” rota to ensure that emergency support is provided as and when required – emergency support is provided on a 24 hour basis.


Suitability of Staffing

  • Ø  To match appropriately skilled and experienced care workers to meet the needs of service users, taking into account personal preferences and ensuring continuity of care worker(s)

  • Ø  To ensure that care worker personnel and electronic files are kept up to date and to keep the Registered Manager informed of all upcoming document and training expiry dates for care workers.

  • Ø  To liaise with and provide support to Field Care Supervisors.

  • Ø  To attend supervision, annual appraisals and team meetings with the Registered Manager and use this to inform your Personal Development Plan.

  • Ø  To perform any other lesser or comparable duties commensurate with the nature and level of the post as and when required.


Quality and Management

  • Ø  To undertake regular telephone surveys for all service users, informing the Registered Manager of any feedback and of the actions you have taken to rectify any concerns or issues raised.

  • Ø  To prepare reports as required by the Registered Manager.

  • Ø  To ensure the Company’s Complaints Policy and Procedures are followed when dealing with any concerns or complaints raised by service users or their carers.

  • Ø  To keep legible, accurate and detailed records in line with company policy and regulatory requirements.

  • Ø  To understand and comply with both Company and legislative requirements regarding confidentiality and data protection.

  • Ø  To attend staff meetings, as required, for the dissemination of information about the service, peer support and exchange of ideas.


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