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Healthcare provision to residents in care homes across England is often ‘erratic and inequitable’, a major three-year study funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has found. Led by the University of Hertfordshire, and involving Professor Julienne Meyer CBE from City, University of London, the Optimal study found…
Person-centred activities combined with just one hour a week of social interaction can improve quality of life and reduce agitation for people with dementia living in care homes, while saving money. These are the findings from a large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, King’s College London and Oxford…
Independent care homes in Scotland are "on the breadline" due to a recruitment crisis and wage pressures, according to a new report. Industry body Scottish Care said the sector is facing a "real emergency" including further closures unless remedial action is taken within the year.The Care Home Workforce Data Report…
Care home providers are making it too difficult for elderly people and their families to find the information they need to make an informed choice, according to a consumer watchdog. Which? said older people could potentially be hit with unexpected bills and tied into unfair contracts because of surprise charges…
A care home worker who sprayed an aerosol can in the face of a 77-year-old woman with dementia has been convicted of an ill-treatment offence. Susan Draper, 43, is the second care worker convicted of ill-treating Betty Boylan after her family rigged up a covert camera in her room. Birmingham…
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have presented the latest findings from their inspection programme of adult social care. 'The State Of Adult Social Care Services 2014 to 2017' is the first time such focused analysis on a national scale has been possible, following the introduction of a new regulatory regime…
One in four social care services are failing on safety, the care regulator has said. Analysis by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 23% of care homes, nursing homes and home care services require improvement on safety while a further 2% are inadequate. Almost 20,000 people are cared for…
The number of nurses and midwives leaving the profession has risen 51% in just four years, with those under the age of retirement citing low pay and poor working conditions. New figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show that for the first time in recent history more midwives…
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