14th December 2016 - Using Telecare for Older People In Adult social care

Using Telecare for Older People In Adult Social Care (UTOPIA) is a research project funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research.

The research team is drawn from King's College London (John Woolham,�Senior Research Fellow at King's, is the Principal Investigator); Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh; De Montfort University, Leicester; and, the Learning and Improvement Network (LIN).
UTOPIA runs from April 2016 to June 2017.

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9th December 2016 - Personal Outcomes in Care Homes

My Home Life has published a new briefing paper describing the steps taken to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with implementing a focus on personal outcomes in care.

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9th December 2016 - Dementia: through their eyes

Dementia through their eyes offers guidance on how to deliver person centred care to people whose lives have been affected by dementia. It provides a range of practical tips as well as advice on assistive technology and creative therapies.

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1st December 2016 - Dementia and sensory loss

Having sight or hearing loss makes things more difficult for the person with dementia who is already working hard to make sense of the world around them. Regular hearing and sight tests, technological aids, environmental improvements, and accessible information and communications can all make a big difference for people with dementia and sensory loss.

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2nd December 2016 - Our Dementia, Our Rights

The guide has been authored by Philly Hare on behalf of the Dementia Policy Think Tank. This group was set up in 2016 by a number of people with a diagnosis of dementia who have a particular interest in promoting rights and influencing policy issues.

The purpose of this accessible guide is to bring together in one place the facts about some of the key rights relating to dementia in the UK.

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2nd December 2016   - Benefit Rates - April 2017 to 2018  

The main working age benefit rates are frozen, apart from disability related, carers and bereavement benefits.

Benefit rates
Child Benefit - Gov UK
Guardian's Allowance - Gov UK
Income Tax Allowances - Gov UK
National Insurance Rates - Gov UK
Pension rates
Tax Credit Rates - Gov UK
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
War Pension Rates

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4th November 2016 - Information for people on their visiting rights in care homes


CQC have published information for people living in care homes, their family and friends clarifying their visiting rights and our expectations of providers who are responsible for ensuring people are supported to maintain relationships that are important to them.

As highlighted on today's BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire programme and BBC Radio 4's You and Yours broadcast, we know there are cases where relatives have experienced visiting restrictions, or their loved ones being forced to leave against their wishes, after raising concerns with those in charge of running care homes.

In response to these concerns, and in partnership with partners, we have developed this focused information to help people feel better informed and make sure providers are very clear about their obligations.

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4th November 2016 - Benefits assessments to be reformed

The Government will today announce it will reform the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). This is to help more people with chronic conditions who can and want to work find a job.

WCA is the process used to determine what level of support people receive under Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

The review will investigate how people receiving ESA can get the support they need to find employment without putting their benefits at risk during their job hunt.

The Work and Pensions Secretary, Damian Green, said he wanted targeted and personalised support for people with chronic conditions while they look for work.

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2nd November 2016 - Dementia Guide for Carers and Care Providers.

Health Education England has produced a dementia Guide for Carers and Care Providers.

The guide offers practice information for anyone caring for someone living with dementia. It also aims to support an understanding of the progressive nature of dementia and the challenges a person caring for someone living with dementia may experience. Its focus is on Living Well with Dementia. 

Its available, free of charge as an eBook, from several eBook providers.

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2nd November 2016 - Adult Social Care: Deepening crisis

The crisis in social care is further evidenced by a survey which finds projected overspends of almost £0.5 billion (£441million), further closures of residential and nursing homes and increased handing back of contracts, together with increased pressure from the NHS.

The figures are revealed in a snapshot survey of 129 of the 152 directors of adult social services in England.

Councils are planning to use their reserves and other one-off funding to plug the huge gap.

It also found that 62 per cent of councils have had residential and nursing home closures, and 57 per cent have had care providers hand back contracts in the last six months. The closure of services and handing back of contracts has affected an estimated 10,820 people using council-funded care with some of them having to move to a new home.

Nearly four in five councils (79 per cent) have quality concerns with one or more home care and/or residential and nursing care providers (84 per cent).

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26th October 2016 - A quick guide for people who arrange their own home care


You will find this quick guide useful if you are paying for care yourself or receiving direct payments from your local authority.

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26th October 2016 - Improving oral health for adults in care homes

Poor oral health can affect people's ability to eat, speak and socialise normally.

More than half of older adults who live in care homes have tooth decay, compared to 40% of over 75s who do not live in care homes.

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28th October 2016 - CQC released their state of care report this month

There are a number of significant headlines from the report. Whilst there is good news in that nearly three quarters of services were rated as good or outstanding, [71% and 1% respectively] and only 2% were rated as inadequate. There are real concerns about adult social care voiced in the report.

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28th October 2016 - ADASS Responds to CQC state of care report

Responding to the Care Quality Commission's State of Care 2015/16 report, Margaret Willcox, Vice-President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

Our budget survey earlier this year found that more than 4 in 5 adult social services directors reported providers facing challenges to deliver high quality care, which is already being reflected in CQC ratings, with nearly a quarter of services assessed as requiring improvement. Additionally, more than three quarters of councils experienced some kind of social care provider failure last year, with care homes closing and home care providers handing back contracts despite 82 per cent of councils increasing fees to providers. As the full impact of the introduction of the welcome National Living Wage is felt and demand continues to rise as the population ages and people develop increasingly complex needs, we will only see more services put at risk. 

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