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Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 potentially avoidable emergency admissions in England for patients with dementia. The charity said the figure has increased substantially over the last…
Disabled people are being trapped inside their homes because of a "chronic" shortage of suitable housing, a new report warns.The Equality and Human Rights Commission said 365,000 disabled people have reported that their homes are not suitable for their needs.The Government was urged to take action to make all new…
Former chief inspector of social services Lord Laming has told a health minister he needs to take the threat to one of the country's biggest private home care providers more seriously. The independent crossbencher said that vulnerable people dependent on services provided by Allied Healthcare were "living under the shadow"…
Some say rules are made to be broken and according to research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, almost half (45.5%) of care workers have worked for a company that implemented strange or ridiculous rules. What’s more, the majority (70%) confessed that they weren’t happy about having to…
Two of Scotland’s leading disability charities are joining together in a move they say will protect and grow frontline social care services across Scotland. ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland have launched an innovative Group structure, thought to be the first of its kind in the charity sector in Scotland, in…
New requirements to ensure care staff who look after people in their own homes are treated fairly and people receiving care experience the best possible services come into force today, the Welsh Government has confirmed. The new requirements are part of the Welsh Government’s wider efforts to support the delivery…
The care industry will be plunged into "crisis" if the Government does not step in to fund a £400 million back payment bill, MPs have heard. Ministers were warned that the decision of HMRC to pursue care providers for liabilities could result in a "rash of mini Carillions". The warning…
Getting social care is "like being in a shop with no prices", according to the author of a major review of social care which concluded costs should be capped. Sir Andrew Dilnot said that although people know how much they will pay each week or month, they have no idea…
Norfolk County Council is planning to step up the use of assistive technology in social care, with an emphasis on existing products likely to include devices using Amazon Alexa software. It is reviewing the technologies available and a proposal has gone through its Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee to approve…
A legal action over payments for "sleep-in" shifts, which could cost the UK care industry billions if judges rule in favour of workers, has reached the Court of Appeal. Leading judges in London will consider two recent conflicting rulings on whether care workers who sleep at their place of work,…
A cap on the "punitive" costs faced by people requiring care is set to be included in the latest Government plan for reform of the system in England, Jeremy Hunt indicated. The Health and Social Care Secretary acknowledged there was an "illness lottery" which left people suffering from conditions such…
Almost 20,000 people received "flying" visits of only 15 minutes for personal social care last year, according to a charity's research. Disability charity Leonard Cheshire said the figures were indicative of "a care system in crisis" and warned the numbers receiving such short visits were likely to be even higher.…
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