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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 08:29

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We are recruiting in Nottingham, Northampton, Trafford

Are you looking to work in Care, do you want to help those most in need, why not drop us a call and see whats jobs we have available.

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Everybody has the right to expect the following standards:

Person-centred care

Person-centred care

You must have care or treatment that is tailored to you and meets your needs and preferences.

Dignity and respect

Dignity and respect

You must be treated with dignity and respect at all times while you're receiving care and treatment.

This includes making sure:

  • You have privacy when you need and want it.
  • Everybody is treated as equals.
  • You're given any support you need to help you remain independent and involved in your local community.



You (or anybody legally acting on your behalf) must give your consent before any care or treatment is given to you.



You must not be given unsafe care or treatment or be put at risk of harm that could be avoided.

Providers must assess the risks to your health and safety during any care or treatment and make sure their staff have the qualifications, competence, skills and experience to keep you safe.

Safeguarding from abuse

Safeguarding from abuse

You must not suffer any form of abuse or improper treatment while receiving care.

This includes:

  • Neglect
  • Degrading treatment
  • Unnecessary or disproportionate restraint
  • Inappropriate limits on your freedom.

Food and drink

Food and drink

You must have enough to eat and drink to keep you in good health while you receive care and treatment.

Premises and equipment

Premises and equipment

The places where you receive care and treatment and the equipment used in it must be clean, suitable and looked after properly.

The equipment used in your care and treatment must also be secure and used properly.



You must be able to complain about your care and treatment.

The provider of your care must have a system in place so they can handle and respond to your complaint. They must investigate it thoroughly and take action if problems are identified.

Good governance

Good governance

The provider of your care must have plans that ensure they can meet these standards.

They must have effective governance and systems to check on the quality and safety of care. These must help the service improve and reduce any risks to your health, safety and welfare.



The provider of your care must have enough suitably qualified, competent and experienced staff to make sure they can meet these standards.

Their staff must be given the support, training and supervision they need to help them do their job.

Fit and proper staff

Fit and proper staff

The provider of your care must only employ people who can provide care and treatment appropriate to their role. They must have strong recruitment procedures in place and carry out relevant checks such as on applicants' criminal records and work history.

Duty of candour

Duty of candour

The provider of your care must be open and transparent with you about your care and treatment.

Should something go wrong, they must tell you what has happened, provide support and apologise.

Display of ratings

Display of ratings

The provider of your care must display their CQC rating in a place where you can see it. They must also include this information on their website and make our latest report on their service available to you.

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source: https://www.cqc.org.uk/what-we-do/how-we-do-our-job/fundamental-standards




A total of 29,374 beds were blocked in UK hospitals last year, with a high proportion due to a lack of capacity in nursing homes or residential care homes, according to a new study.

Freedom of Information (FOI) requests made by Cera Care to NHS Trusts revealed 3,339 of these incidents were due to the wait for nursing home placements and 2,158 for care home placements.

The highest amount of bed-blocking incidents (delayed discharges) were due to waiting for further non-acute NHS care, with 8,227 cases.

Overall figures showed there were 565 delayed discharges in UK hospitals every week.

In a statement, Cera Care said: “One of the key reasons that many beds are blocked in hospital is down to a lack of capacity in nursing homes or residential care homes. Often it is also done at the family’s request as they might not have the resources to look after their loved one at home.

“A solution to both of these issues would be home care. This enables that person to continue living at home and retain as much of their independence as possible.

“The care that they receive will be provided by a highly-professional carer and will be tailored to their specific care needs and requirements therefore, it will only assist in the areas that they need help.”

However, the FOI request demonstrated there were also 3,204 bed-blocking incidents cited due to the wait for care packages at home.

The ongoing wait for the social care green paper, which has been delayed numerous times and is now expected in April, is putting even further strain on adult social care and care at home provision.

Earlier this month, Age UK revealed 54,025 older people will have died whilst waiting for a care package – this is since Philip Hammond announced the government’s original intention for a social care green paper in the Spring Budget in 2017. This equates to 77 people dying per day.

Such high rates of delayed discharges are also costing the NHS financially. The cost per day of a delayed discharge/ or bed blocking, according to the FOI data, varies depending on location, but the average is around £325.

The following represents a snapshot of the picture across the UK:

• Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust – £425.64 per day

• Cwm Taf University Health Board – £327.15

• Kent Community Health – £350

• Liverpool Women’s Hospital – £565

• Midland’s Partnership Foundation Trust – £378.73

• NHS Grampian – £727

• North Bristol NHS Trust – £308

• Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust – £180

• Royal Cornwall Hospitals – £345

• Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust – £200

The overall data revealed the biggest problem with delayed discharges was more prevalent in Plymouth, Leeds, Walsall, Bury and Stockton-on-Tees.

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Almost 7 million people, who are patients or family carers, have expressed concerns about care given in the last five years but have never complained. The majority (58 per cent) regret staying silent. The most common reason for not raising concerns was the belief that nothing would change as a result (37 per cent).

Some feared being seen as a 'trouble maker'

Some 33 per cent did not speak out because they did not want to be seen as a ‘troublemaker’. Some 33 per cent did not know who to raise their complaint with and 28 per cent worried about not being taken seriously. A fifth (20 per cent) did not know how to raise a complaint.

In response to the research, Care minister Caroline Dinenage said: “I encourage anyone who has concerns over their care, or the care of loved ones, to share their experiences with the Care Quality Commission - so they can continue their vital work of protecting patients and improving the excellent care we see across the health service.”

'Declare You Care'

The CQC is now calling for people to speak up about their experiences of care, following its poll (conducted from November to December last year). The care regulator has launched its ‘Declare Your Care’ campaign to encourage people to share their experiences of care with the care regulator.

The watchdog said it does not have legal powers to resolve individual complaints but is encouraging all who experience or know about poor care to inform the CQC

According to the CQC, those who did complain said they saw care improvements.

The CQC has said that when people did raise a complaint, the majority (66 per cent) found their issue was resolved quickly, improved the care and left them happy with the outcome.

The main reasons for raising a concern were delays to receiving care, lack of information and poor patient care. Over a fifth of people said they wanted to raise concerns about a lack of communication between health and care services.

Ian Trenholm, chief executive at the CQC, said: “We know that when people raise a concern they have a genuine desire to improve the service for themselves and others. We also know that the majority of services really appreciate this feedback and make positive changes, as this new research shows. “Hearing from people about their experiences of care is an important part of our inspection work and contributes to driving improvements in standards of care.

“Everyone can play a part in improving care by directly giving feedback to services, or by sharing information and experiences with us so that we can take action when we find poor care.”

The CQC advises four steps to report poor care:

1. Speak to staff to resolve it informally

2. If issues persist, ask your care provider to see the complaints procedure. This will tell you what to do.

3. If you are not happy about how they respond to your complaint, you can contact:

a. Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (for private or adult social care services)

b. Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (for NHS services)

4. Share your experience (on behalf of yourself or someone else) with CQC at cqc.org.uk/share-your-experience


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Care providers have revealed low pay to be the biggest barrier to recruiting care workers, on the same day the Government launched its national recruitment campaign to show how rewarding it is to work in care.

The research by Hft, a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, found 80 per cent of providers blame low pay for why they struggle to recruit and retain care workers.

Their research comes as care minister Caroline Dinenage revealed the long awaited green paper for social care is finished and will ‘definitely’ be published before 29 March. The green paper, which aims to offer a sustainable funding model for social care, has been repeatedly delayed and was originally meant to be published last July.

Billy Davis, public affairs and policy manager for Hft said: “The underfunding of social care is a national crisis that requires a national solution. With the green paper on social care now long overdue, we call on the government to urgently address the issues facing the sector, before it affects some of the most vulnerable adults in our society.”

In its annual Sector Pulse Check report, care providers said increases in the national living wage have become the largest pressure on organisations’ wage bills, with 63 per cent of care providers saying this has a significant impact on their costs – up from 56 per cent the previous year.

Pablo Shah, economist at Cebr, which carried out the research for Hft said: "Recruitment remains an ongoing challenge for the social care sector, as care providers are struggling to meet their employees’ wage expectations given increasing funding pressures."

'Every Day is Different'

The government hopes its ‘Every Day Is Different’ campaign, which care minister, Caroline Dinenage launched today, will help alleviate the recruitment crisis facing care providers.

The campaign aims to show how rewarding working in care can be and highlight the opportunities for progression and professional development. Over 1.45m people work in the sector at the moment. It is predicted an additional 650,000 workers will be needed by 2035 to keep up with the rising numbers of people aged 65 and over.

The campaign will run during February and March through social media, digital and local radio advertising, outdoor posters and events across England. Ms Dinenage said: “Adult social care is too often seen as the ‘Cinderella service’ to our NHS. I’m determined to change this perception, starting with our hardworking social care workforce.

“There is huge demand for more care professionals who work incredibly hard to look after the most vulnerable people in our society. We must spread the word that careers in adult social care can be rewarding, varied and worthwhile. Care is a vocation where you can transform people’s lives and every day is different to the next.”

Care worker recruitment campaign is not 'a silver bullet'

George McNamara, director of policy and influencing at Independent Age, said “It’s encouraging to see the government demonstrating an awareness of the crisis in the social care workforce” but warned “this should not be seen as a silver bullet”.

He added: “The number of vacancies is only half the story: the social care sector’s turnover rate is twice the national average, with almost 1,000 workers quitting their job every day.

“Workers are leaving due to low wages, little job progression, lack of training and perceived lower status compared to similar healthcare roles. Many of these issues should have already been addressed but haven’t because of delays to the social care green paper. Solely focussing on recruitment, without also addressing staff retention, will severely limit the impact of the campaign.”

source: https://www.homecare.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1605659/low-pay-care-worker-recruitment-crisis

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 18:04

Help at home from a carer

Having a carer come to visit you in your home can make a huge difference to your life, especially if you have difficulty walking or getting around. It can help you stay living independently in your own home.

This type of care is known as homecare or domiciliary care or sometimes home help.

Help at home from a paid carer costs around £20 an hour, but it varies according to where you live. Sometimes, the council will contribute to the cost.

Homecare is very flexible. You might need a carer for only an hour a week or for several hours a day. You might need a live-in carer.

It can be temporary – for example for a few weeks while you recover from an illness. Or it can be long term.

You might also consider home adaptations or household gadgets or equipment to make life easier.

When should I consider help at home from a paid carer?

You might want to consider care at home if:

How can homecare help me?

A carer can visit you at home to help you with all kinds of things including:

Home help

This is slightly different to homecare and means day-to-day domestic tasks that you may need a helping hand with such as:

You might want some home help instead of or as well as homecare.

Most councils don’t provide home help. Contact a charity such as the Royal Voluntary Service, the British Red Cross or your local Age UK to see whether they can help (they may not be free).

How to get help at home from a paid carer

How your council can help

If you want the council to help with homecare for you, start by asking them for a needs assessment.

Your needs assessment will help the council to decide whether you qualify for care.

If you qualify, the council may recommend help at home from a paid carer. They will arrange the homecare for you.

If you don’t qualify for care, the council must still give you free advice about where you can get help in your community.

Even if you’re intending to make arrangements yourself with an agency or private carer, it’s still a good idea to have a needs assessment as it will help you to explain to the agency or carer what kind of help you need.

Apply for a needs assessment

Paying for homecare

Depending on your circumstances, your local council may contribute to the cost of homecare or you may have to pay for it yourself.

If your needs assessment recommends home care, you may get help with the cost from the council.

What you will contribute depends on your income and savings. The council will work this out in a financial assessment.

If the council is paying for some or all of your homecare, they must give you a care and support plan.

This sets out what your needs are, how they will be met and your personal budget (the amount the council thinks your care should cost).

You can choose to receive your personal budget as a direct payment each month. This gives you the control to employ someone you know to care for you at home rather than using a homecare agency, though you’ll then have responsibilities as an employer.

If you don’t qualify for the council to contribute to your homecare costs, you will have to pay for it yourself.

Read more about when the council might pay for your care.

Benefits that can help you with homecare

Check if you’re eligible for benefits. Some, such as Attendance Allowance and Personal Independence Payments, aren’t means tested and they can help you meet the costs of homecare.

Find out how to apply for:

How to choose a paid carer

If you're arranging your own homecare, there are 2 main ways to do this:

Homecare agencies

Homecare agencies employ trained carers and arrange for them to visit you in your home. You may not always have the same carer visiting your home, though the agency will try to match you with someone suitable.

How much do they cost?

It costs around £20 an hour for a carer to come to your home, but this will vary depending on where you live.

If you’re paying for yourself, the agency should be able to give you a clear price list. They’ll send you a monthly bill for your homecare.

How to find a local agency

There are 4 main ways to do this:

Questions to ask the agency

Here are some questions you may want to ask an agency before employing them:

  • what charges, if any, will I be expected to pay
  • what services are charged as extras?
  • have your carers looked after someone with similar needs to mine?
  • how will you choose the most suitable carer for me?
  • what sort of training do your carers get?
  • if I’m paying for my own care, do you have a standard contract I can read before signing my own?
  • if the council is contributing to my care can I see a copy of the contract they’ve signed with the agency?
  • how can I contact your agency during the day, in an emergency or outside office hours?

What to expect from agency carers

Homecare agency carers should treat you in a respectful and dignified way. For example, they should always:

  • knock and ring the front door bell and announce their arrival before coming into your home
  • bring an identity card
  • know where your keys are kept if they’re not in your home
  • keep any entry codes to your house confidential
  • know what to do if they can’t get into your home
  • know what to do if you’ve had an accident

Employing your own carer

Instead of using an agency, you can hire your own carer, sometimes called a private carer or personal assistant.

If you employ a carer, you have the legal responsibility of an employer. This includes arranging cover for their illness and holidays.

Which? Elderly Care has advice on employing a private carer.

How to complain about homecare

You have the right to complain if you’re not happy about the help at home you’re receiving. This might be because carers:

  • arrive late and leave early
  • don’t give your medicines to you properly
  • leave your home untidy after visits
  • give you poor care like dressing you wrongly

First complain to your local council or, if you’re paying for yourself, the agency. The council or agency should have a formal complaints procedure on their website. Try to be specific about what happened and include staff names and dates if you can.

If you’re not happy with the way the council or agency handles your complaint, ask the local government and social care ombudsman to investigate further. An ombudsman is an independent person who’s been appointed to look into complaints about organisations.

You can also tell the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which checks social care services in England.

Your local council must provide you with an independent advocate (someone to speak up for you) to help you make a complaint.

Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/care-services-equipment-and-care-homes/homecare/

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More than a million malnourished older people are “withering away in their own homes” amid rising levels of loneliness and isolation among Britain’s older population, MPs have warned.

A cross-party group of politicians urged the Government to look more closely at the issue after a report they commissioned found malnutrition among older people was set to cost the NHS and social care £15.7bn a year by 2030.

Action was “urgently required” to eliminate malnutrition among older people for the sake of the NHS and social care services – but above all for purposes of “humaneness”, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hunger said. 

A limited availability of data on levels of hunger across the UK makes it difficult to quantify, the MPs said as they called for ”robust and reliable” screening tools to be scaled up so the problem can be identified, diagnosed, and treated more quickly. 

Figures from the House of Commons Library show that the number of people aged 60 or over whose primary diagnosis was malnutrition more than trebled in the decade between 2005-06 and 2015-16.

The MPs estimated that social isolation of older people, coupled with rising life expectancy, meant there were now at least as many older people who were malnourished or at risk of malnutrition today as there were seven years ago – many of whom were “hidden beneath the radar”.

A ”string of setbacks” in older people’s lives, such as bereavement, illness, shop closures and a loss of community transport or meals on wheels, were thought to be main causes of loneliness and isolation. 

Representatives of the adult social care sector said that more funding was needed to address the “underlying care crisis” rather than placing more duties on “already pressured” sector.

Councils meanwhile, said services for older people were being threatened by “significant funding pressures” on local authorities.

Read more

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/elderly-pensioners-isolation-malnourished-uk-mp-warning-withering-in-homes-a8171901.html


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Twinning nurseries with care homes boosts children’s reading and social skills, says report calling for intergenerational care

Twinning nurseries with care homes for the elderly would boost children’s literacy skills, according to a thinktank that is calling for every childcare provider and school to build links with older people.

Children who regularly mix with older people see improvements to their language development, reading and social skills, something that is most easily achieved at “intergenerational care” centres highlighted in the Channel 4 series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, says a report by United for All Ages.

By playing and reading with children, the elderly are less likely to suffer loneliness, while the children get more opportunities for one-to-one reading and play time, it adds.

Intergenerational care began in Japan in 1976 and has spread to the US, Canada and the Netherlands. The first dedicated nursery and care home in the UK, Apples and Honey Nightingale, was set up in Wandsworth, southwest London, in mid-2017 and since then a further 40 have been created. Others are in development, including a veterans’ care home with a nursery in Wilton, Wiltshire, and a purpose-built complex planned in Wigan, with a nursery, assisted-living flats and a care home.

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has backed the idea of more nurseries opening next to NHS services “in some cases”, but UAA says that every nursery, childminder, parent-toddler group and children’s centre should develop a relationship with a care home. The thinktank has set a target of creating 500 cross-generational sites by 2023.

Stephen Burke, UAA’s director, said much of the focus on intergenerational care had been on the benefits for older people, such as “tackling loneliness and isolation to improving health, care and quality of life”.

“But there are big benefits for children and younger people too,” he added. “Our challenge to Britain is to maximise those benefits for all of the next generation. Research shows that there are lasting benefits of a good start in life.”

The report highlights a decline in opportunities for children, with nearly a third of 3,632 Sure Start children’s centres cut since 2009, and evidence that poorer children have fallen behind their better-off counterparts by the age of five in half of local authorities in England. “Intergenerational action could and must make a much bigger contribution to this agenda,” Burke said.

The report, titled The next generation: how intergenerational interaction improves life chances of children and young people,is published this week and includes contributions from 20 organisations focused on the welfare of children and older people.

Alistair Bryce-Clegg, an early years education consultant, was involved in the Channel 4 series that created a nursery within the Lark Hall retirement village in Nottingham. He conducted a study of 10 children to see how the experiment affected their wellbeing, language use and acquisition, social interaction and empathy.

“The outcomes for the children were very positive,” he writes in the report. “They all made notable progress during their time in the experiment, with some of them making truly significant steps forward in their development.”

Lorraine George, a development worker at Torbay council in Devon, examined the development of children at intergenerational centres in the US, where there are several hundred facilities. She discovered improvements in language development, increased reading skills, greater self-esteem and confidence among the children and development of empathy.“We now have 20 care homes engaging in partnerships with early years providers,” she writes, with one care home creating a room for childminders to use every day.

Intergenerational care also offers opportunities beyond young children and older people, with teenagers and parents also experiencing benefits of more cross-generational mixing, the report says.The UAA has also called for all primary and secondary schools to build closer ties with older people locally, whether that means volunteering at local care homes or using school buildings to host older volunteers.Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner, writes of how Italian teenagers who were suffering anxiety were being helped.

“Boys were encouraged to try out traditional pasta making with some of the older women in the community,” she writes. “Working on the pasta together there was no real pressure to talk about themselves, but rather a sense of acceptance as they contributed to the communal effort and achievement.”

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:15

Old age is nothing to be ashamed of

Dr Hilary Hodge says everybody ages differently and Margaret Beetham says old age should be something to be proud of

Portraying getting older in a positive light and raising expectations as to what people can achieve has to be welcomed (12 steps to a happy later life, G2, 3 January). However, giving examples of people who have done amazing things needs to be balanced by the possibility that for many people, who have led hectic lives, that to learn to relax and not have to achieve anything, if you don’t want to, is equally valid.

For women who have had to balance child-rearing, careers and generally putting the needs of others before their own, one of the most important lessons is that it is OK to do what you want and not feel guilty. If you fancy sitting down and reading a book for a few hours, that’s fine. It is also important to accept that the ageing process affects individuals in different ways and what one person can do others cannot and that does not reflect negatively on those who can do less.
Dr Hilary Hodge (aged 73)
Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire

I sat down to read G2 and nearly choked on my cuppa. The first step to a happy later life is apparently not to acknowledge that you are old. This is simply to reinforce ageism, like telling gay people they will be happier if they don’t acknowledge they are gay. I am glad to be old, thanks to luck, the NHS and welfare state, my family and friends and my genes. Let’s reclaim old age as something to be proud of and grateful for, not be ashamed of. We will all be old one day, if we are fortunate, as I have been. I am old. Get over it!
Margaret Beetham

source: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/06/old-age-is-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of

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