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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,.....

Women in their 80s have better sex lives than women in their 50s

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Feb-17)

Women in their 80s are having better sex lives than those aged between 50-79, according to a think tank which has called for more to be done to improve the sexual healthcare of older people. A new report.....

Care chief says woman waiting five months in hospital for care home place is 'victim of a system not joined up'

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Feb-17)

Care England has warned that we may see more cases like that of 89-year-old Iris Sibley, who spent five months at Bristol Royal Infirmary, because a suitable care home could not be found for her. Mrs Sibley,.....

'Victory' for disabled people as taxi drivers face heavy fines for discriminating against wheelchair users

Charley Walker, News Editor (07-Feb-17)

A new change in the law means that from 6 April 2017, it will be illegal for taxi drivers to discriminate against disabled taxi users, the Department for Transport has announced. Under the new legislation,.....

Earlier diagnosis of dementia in people with learning disabilities urgently needed

Sue Learner, Editor (24-Jan-17)

A group of voluntary sector organisations has called for earlier diagnosis of dementia for people with learning disabilities, so they can receive better support. VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group).....

Charity calls for HIV training for care workers after they showed 'unacceptable' prejudice

Charley Walker, News Editor (19-Jan-17)

The Terrence Higgins Trust is calling for a 'major shift' in awareness and training of care workers to support older people with HIV, after it revealed a care home made a woman with HIV sit on the same chair and used antibacterial.....

Premier League football clubs may face legal action over lack of accessibility for disabled fans

Charley Walker, News Editor (16-Jan-17)

Premier League football clubs have been highlighted as having inadequate facilities for fans with disabilities and could face legal action if they fail to change. A new report by the Culture, Media and Sport.....

Investors find care home sector 'challenging but attractive' as market's investigation begins

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Jan-17)

The care home sector in 2016 reflected two major events - the National Living Wage and the UK’s Brexit vote, according to a leading property broker, but the market in 2017 for quality homes remains 'robust'. A.....

Care home defends decision to evict pet dog saying it is 'out of control'

Sue Learner, Editor (10-Jan-17)

A care home at the centre of a furore over a pet dog has defended its decision to evict the dog, saying it is 'out of control'. Over 133,000 people have signed a petition for Bob Harvey to keep his dog Darkie,.....

HC-One buys Helen McArdle's 20 care homes and home care business

Angeline Albert, News Editor (10-Jan-17)

Care provider HC-One has acquired 20 care homes in the North East of England from Helen McArdle Care and its ‘At Home’ business. The acquisition on 10 January involves 1,343 beds from 19 existing care.....

Mediterranean diet reduces risk of learning and memory loss in older people

Charley Walker, News Editor (05-Jan-17)

Eating a Mediterranean diet can slow down natural brain shrinkage in older people, which is commonly linked to decreased learning and memory ability, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of.....

UK in 2030: Robots take our jobs and ageing population grows by a third

Sue Learner, Editor (29-Dec-16)

By 2030, the number of people aged 65 and over will have grown by a third, up to two-thirds of jobs could be done by robots and the gap between rich and poor will have grown even wider, according to the think tank IPPR. Its.....