Social Care News

24th March 2017      CQC: Care for older people campaign launches

Today marks the launch of our 'Worked up? Speak up' campaign about care for older people.

We want more people aged 60 and over, and their friends and families, to share their experiences of health and social care with us. By telling us about your experiences, you could stop poor care happening to someone else.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the #CareForOlderPeople hashtag, or tell us about your care through our website.

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24th March 2017      Finding the right social care


VODG have published a new resource for those who need to choose a support provider. Top ten tips when choosing a support provider, is designed to be used by those looking to secure high quality social care for themselves or for a relative or friend. The guidance also includes some key questions that should be asked when making a choice about support provided under the Care Act 2014. These include:
How will the support package be developed, monitored and change
What is the cost of the support and what does it include
What is the complaints procedure
How can care agreements be ended

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1st March - Employers for carers

Supporting carers at work makes business sense 1 in 9 in your workforce will be caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill. In the current economic climate, it is an important time to retain skilled workers rather than recruiting and retraining new staff.

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1st March - CQC: Care for older people campaign

Research shows that older people are less likely to complain about services and they're likely to be less aware of the different ways they can share their views. We're launching a campaign on March 6 to encourage people aged 60 or over to share their experiences of care with us.

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1st March - CQC: What to expect from a good care service

Did you know that we've got a set of online guides to help you understand what to expect from good care?
There's one for care homes, home-care services, hospitals, GPs and dentists.
We've produced these guides to help you choose care and understand what you should expect from services you're already using.

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2nd March - The BBC File on Four: Story of UK Homecare

With an ageing population, the need for carers to help elderly people stay healthy and safe in their own homes has never been greater.
From making a meal, to help getting out of bed or having a shower,
domiciliary carers provide a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of elderly and vulnerable people. But what happens when things go wrong and carers inflict serious abuse and neglect on the people who depend on them?

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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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