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Almost 190,000 new care home places will be needed in under two decades to accommodate soaring demand, experts have predicted. The number of people aged 65 years or older who will need care home places will rise by 85.7% by 2035 - with 189,043 additional places needed, according to a…
Too many care homes are under so much pressure that they are not "getting the basics right every time", a care consumer watchdog has warned. Healthwatch England said some residents were cared for by rushed staff and were having to put up with things like dead plants, rotting window sills,…
A hospice was among those defrauded by a £2.5 million banking scam in the Scottish Highlands. The Highland Hospice lost a six-figure sum when the phone-based scam, known as vishing, hit companies between July 19 and 30. Some of the money has been recovered and work is continuing with banks…
Richard Banks shares some ideas being considered by the Residential Forum for a neighbourhood approach to designing models of residential and supported living. How did social care get to be in such a difficult place? The quick answer is that successive governments in England have perpetuated a policy vacuum for…
Top up fees are being paid by the families of one in four care home residents whose place is supposed to be free, according to a new report by a charity. Almost a quarter of older people who are legally entitled to a free care home space are facing hidden…
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…
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…
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