Social Care News

29th September 2017 - Thousands of carers could be missing out on council tax discounts

New research by Money Saving Expert shows that thousands of families could be missing out on council tax discounts.

Reacting to the new research, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said,

“Looking after ill, disabled or older loved ones is one of the most natural things we can do, yet this can pose serious financial difficulties due to increased costs. With as many as 4 in 10 (39%) carers “struggling to make ends meet financially” and many in debt, this also takes a significant toll on carers’ health and well-being with increased stress, depression and strain on relationships. We advise hundreds of carers every year who miss out on council tax discounts because they are unaware of them. For those carers who do go on to receive the discount, the difference is noticeable.

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28th September 2017 – Inspiring and supporting music in care homes

A Choir in Every Care Home is an initiative to explore how music and singing can feature regularly in care homes across the country.
They have launched an online toolkit to inspire and support care homes to bring music into the lives of residents. This is a free resource with practical ideas on how to introduce a music programme or how to improve an existing one.

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27th September 2017 - Letter from regional councils urging government to release social care funding

The Leaders of thirteen local councils in the West Midlands have written to the government, urging it to release heavily delayed social care funding to ensure vulnerable residents continue to be supported.

The government announced in July that local councils would be required to meet a new national target by September to reduce the proportion of NHS beds unnecessarily occupied due to delayed discharges from hospital to 3.5%.  If councils fail to meet this target, NHS England has indicated that it will not release their Better Care funding, which is used to deliver critical services for older, vulnerable residents.

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27th September 2017 - NICE: Not give up on people trying to be independent after hospital discharge

NICE is urging health and social care staff to support people to safely continue with everyday activities such as climbing stairs, dressing themselves or cooking after a period of illness or if they have been struggling at home.

In a new guideline on ‘intermediate care’ issued today NICE has set out how health and social care staff can support people to be independent following a hospital stay or when daily life at home becomes too difficult.
The new guideline covers how to assess intermediate care needs, including setting goals with the person so that they can overcome the problems they are experiencing.

NICE says staff should talk openly about any risks but in a positive manner so as not to discourage people.  The aim is to ensure that people can confidently get on with the things they would like to do themselves whilst any risks are discussed and managed safely.

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10th September 2017 - Combating loneliness and building stronger communities

Over the past nine months, together with Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Carnegie Trust have been working with seven organisations to test what, if anything could be done to encourage kinder communities.

This report “The Place of Kindness: Combating loneliness and building stronger communities” sets out what they have learnt, both in terms of things that help and factors that impede the achievement of a kinder community.

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10th September 2017 - "What's it like to live in a care home?"

Healthwatch have just published the findings from a recent review. “What’s it like to live in a care home?”. In the period January 2016 to April 2017, they visited 197 care homes, in 63 different local authority areas. Their findings identify good practice and provides a platform for those working in social care to reflect.

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10th September 2017 - People's experience in adult social care services

People's experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care for people using adult social care services: Draft guidance consultation.

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10th September 2017 - LGBT - disabled people and social care

Almost nothing is about the experiences of LGBT+ disabled people using care and support. People often need support to do a range of things like coming out to carers, accessing care and accessing appropriate social venues. We have been involved with a study with Stonewall, Regard and the University of Bristol. Results will be published at a launch event. Please come along if you’re interested in this new area of research.

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4th September 2017 - Disabled man Luke Davey's care cuts appeal dismissed

A disabled man who took his legal fight over cuts to his care to the Court of Appeal has had his case dismissed.

Luke Davey, 41, challenged a ruling upholding Oxfordshire County Council's decision to cut his package by 42%.

Mr Davey, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, argued it threatened his well-being and breached the Care Act.

Campaigners said the case could have led to a landmark ruling, but the appeal judge said the council had not acted unlawfully.

Mr Davey, from Burcot, is registered blind and uses a wheelchair, requires help with all of his personal care needs.

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4th September 2017 - Direct payments - why aren't more people reaping the benefits?

A key feature and focus of Think Local Act Personal’s current work is to understand better the gap between the rhetoric of personalisation policy and the reality of personalised care and support that people who use services experience.

The uptake of direct payments does not appear to be substantially increasing and we don’t know whether this is because of obstacles in their delivery or whether there are other reasons for this. (In the meantime TLAP has been supporting the sector to think about Individual Service Funds which offer more flexibility but are still an under-used option).

As a sector, we don’t have a clear enough picture to understand the different approaches which councils are taking to implement personal budgets, and direct payments in particular, and we don’t know what the Health and Social Care system might be struggling with in this area.

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1st September 2017 - Personal Independent Payments (PIP) for people with dementia

Joy Watson is one of our highly valued ambassadors, doing a huge amount to raise awareness both of dementia and Alzheimer’s Society. She has recently seen her benefits to be cut.

It’s very concerning that people like Joy are left to struggle because of what appears to be serious flaws in the Personal Independent Payments assessment process when it comes to people with dementia. This includes a poor understanding of the needs of younger people with dementia.

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1st September 2017 - People should have more control of social care services


NICE is urging councils in England to help adults have more control over day-to-day tasks like cooking and cleaning.

In a new guideline, out for public consultation, NICE says adults who need social care should feel in control and be able to live life as they want.

In 2016, only a third of adults using social care services (33%) felt they had as much control as they wanted over their daily life.

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