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PM's 'dementia tax' ditched like the Queen's crown

Angeline Albert (21-Jun-17)

As the Queen’s Speech announced the Government’s plans, there was no mention of the Conservative’s election pledge of a dementia tax or a social care cap. Instead Her Majesty ditched her crown for a blue.....

Elderly denied loo breaks and kept indoors in short-staffed care homes, say care workers

Angeline Albert (20-Jun-17)

Elderly and vulnerable people in care homes are being denied trips to the toilet and are kept indoors for days because of severe staff shortages, say care home workers. The majority (83 per cent) of 1,003.....

Watchdog investigates concerns care homes are breaking consumer law

Angeline Albert (15-Jun-17)

Growing concerns that some care homes are breaking the law has resulted in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opening a consumer protection case to investigate. On 13 June, the CMA launched an investigation.....

'Weak and wobbly' Theresa May makes social care cap U-turn

Angeline Albert (22-May-17)

Prime Minister Theresa May, has announced the public will be given the chance to have ‘an absolute limit’ on what they must pay for their social care costs, in a https://www.carehome.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1584507/Theresa-May-denies-elderly-social-care-cap|Conservative.....

Tories reject social care cap but promise older voters wealth threshold hike

Angeline Albert (18-May-17)

Older people will not receive a cap on their social care costs from Conservative leader Theresa May but her manifesto promises that those with as much as £100,000 in savings and assets will no longer be required to pay for their social.....

Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto promises £8bn for social care and new 'National Care Service'

Angeline Albert (11-May-17)

The Labour Party will create a National Care Service providing 'care for all' and give £8bn for social care, a leaked election manifesto reveals. £8bn for social care If elected to.....

Norman Lamb calls decision to prosecute over Connor Sparrowhawk’s death 'better late than never'

Sue Learner (10-May-17)

MP Norman Lamb has welcomed the decision by the Health and Safety Executive to prosecute Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust over the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, saying it has “taken far too long” but is “better late than never”. Connor,.....

Theresa May considers lifetime cap on social care to win votes

Angeline Albert (08-May-17)

Prime Minister Theresa May is looking to resurrect David Cameron’s ditched pledge to introduce a limit on the amount older people pay for social care. As she draws up the Conservative’s manifesto for the.....

Record rise in number of care homes going bust

Angeline Albert (05-May-17)

No less than 75 care home businesses failed last year and 421 have gone bust since 2010, according to Government figures. Analysts at the consultancy firm FRP Advisory have been crunching numbers released.....

EU nurses and care workers reveal 'anger and betrayal' after MPs find morale hit by Brexit

Sue Learner (28-Apr-17)

Nurses and care workers have been speaking to carehome.co.uk about their feelings of “anger and betrayal” after MPs from the Health Select Committee warned that morale among health and care workers from the EU has been hit by the.....

Care home leader criticises million pound legal battle over nursing home funding as 'pathetic squabble'

Sue Learner (24-Apr-17)

The £1m legal battle between the local authorities and health boards in Wales as to who should fund nursing home fees, has been condemned by Care Forum Wales as a “pathetic and very expensive squabble”. The.....

Care homes probed for 'unfair' fees charged to families after residents die

Melissa McAlees (18-Apr-17)

Care homes are charging families for ‘extended periods’ after the death of an elderly relative, prompting a string of complaints to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The watchdog is investigating.....

Pinch, punch first of the month brings rise in care watchdog fees and wage bill

Angeline Albert (03-Apr-17)

Care home and domiciliary care agencies have seen the fees they pay the care watchdog go up in April, as well as a rise in staff wages. April brought an increase in the charges care providers must pay to.....

Almost half of care workers leave jobs within a year, inquiry finds

Angeline Albert (31-Mar-17)

Nearly half of care staff (48 per cent) leave their jobs within a year of starting, with the social care sector replacing more than a third (36 per cent) of its nurses every year, a new report reveals. The.....

'Failing law': People with dementia and learning difficulties are detained in care without checks

Melissa McAlees (13-Mar-17)

Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities are being detained in hospitals and care homes without the appropriate checks, due to a "failing law unfit for purpose," the Law Commission has said. Since.....

Chancellor's Spring Budget hands social care extra £2bn

Angeline Albert (08-Mar-17)

Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget has given an extra £2bn to social care over the next three years - with £1bn available in 2017/18. The £1bn available this year, was described as a bridge to the.....

Link found between autoimmune diseases and heightened risk of dementia

Charley Walker, News Editor (02-Mar-17)

Autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and coeliac disease, may be linked to an increased risk of dementia, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Oxford analysed data of people.....

Education 'does not protect' against cognitive decline in later life

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Feb-17)

A new study has found that whilst older people with a higher level of education have better memory function, it does not protect them from cognitive decline as they age. Research published in the journal.....

Size shouldn't matter say care homes angry at CQC's 'six-bed rule' for learning disability settings

Angeline Albert, News Editor (15-Feb-17)

Care providers have criticised the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) guidance to limit registration of learning disability services to housing for six people or less. Learning disability services should.....

Heading footballs could 'cause brain damage and trigger dementia'

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Feb-17)

Researchers have found what could be a causal link between heading a football and dementia, fuelling concerns, which have been brewing for some time, as an increasing number of high-profile retired footballers are diagnosed with dementia. Notably,.....