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New support tools to help the general public find out about social care options for older people have been launched this week. A new leaflet, short film and website – www.gettinginformed.net – will provide much-needed information for people looking for social care options, particularly those who are ‘self-funders’. The resources…
Reform of social care must not be "swept under the carpet" campaigners have warned, as ministers promised to consult on the way the system is funded. Downing Street insisted Theresa May remained committed to facing up to the challenge of caring for a rapidly ageing population. However the Conservatives were…
Ministers are to consult on reforming the system of social care funding in England after effectively abandoning controversial changes set out in the Conservative General Election manifesto. The manifesto proposal to scrap the planned £72,000 cap on care costs - quickly dubbed the "dementia tax" by opposition parties - was…
People with motor neurone disease (MND) have to shell out almost £10,000 because of costs associated with the disease. A new cost analysis from the think tank Demos showed that the average patient needs £9,645 every year to pay for their additional needs. Bills for care, extra assistance around the…
The openPASS App enables verified family members to access information that is recorded by their relative's carer. This includes details of when the carer has visited, any medical care they have received and how they are feeling that day, all in one easy-to-use smartphone application. With openPASS, communications between family…
An elderly dementia patient had her care funding wrongly stopped by a council after a "flawed assessment" by social workers concluded she was able to manage her own finances. In a highly critical judgment by the care ombudsman, Worcestershire County Council was found to have acted "contrary to the law"…
Scotland’s social services have been honoured for their outstanding commitment to improving lives for the people they support at the inaugural Scottish Social Services Awards. Introduced by the Scottish Social Services Forum the awards cut across boundaries, celebrate excellence and bring one of the country’s largest sectors, which has almost…
Plans to curb the use of zero-hours contracts and protect care time in the social care sector, have been unveiled by the Welsh Government. Under proposals being put out to consultation today, employers will need to offer workers in the domiciliary care sector on zero-hours contracts the choice of moving…
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