Calls for inquiry over financial abuse of vulnerable care home residents as figures show 13,000 have been affected – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 19th, 2018 in care homes, elderly, freedom of information, inquiries, news, powers of attorney by sally

‘Care home managers reported almost 13,000 concerns that vulnerable residents were experiencing financial abuse in the past four years, new figures show.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Gross failure’ in man’s care led to death from constipation – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2018 in care homes, disabled persons, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘Inquest into death of man with Down’s syndrome criticises care home and hospital over his treatment.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 8th February 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Highbridge’s Mendip House staff ‘engaged in cruel behaviour’ – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2018 in autism, bullying, care homes, care workers, disciplinary procedures, news, reports by tracey

‘Autistic residents were subjected to “cruel behaviour”, bullying and humiliation at a care home in Somerset, a safeguarding report has found.’

Full Story

BBC News, 8th February 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Young people in care being ‘criminalised’ as police receive unnecessarily high number of calls to children’s homes – The Independent

Posted December 18th, 2017 in care homes, news, reports, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘Children in care are at risk of being criminalised as police forces are called out to children’s homes at an unnecessarily high rate, a report has found.’

Full Story

The Independent, 18th December 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Council defeats High Court challenge over care home fees increase – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 7th, 2017 in appeals, care homes, fees, local government, news by sally

‘Essex County Council has successfully defended a judicial review challenge to the fees it proposed paying to operators of care homes.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 7th December 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Care homes are breaking the law by charging residents after death, says watchdog – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 1st, 2017 in care homes, fees, news by tracey

‘Care homes are breaking the law by charging wealthier residents fees after they have died, a regulator has said. People who pay for their own care are also being charged £12,000 year more each than the fees paid by councils, equivalent to a total shortfall of £1bn a year, the Competition and Markets Authority said.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 30th November 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Council bans care home’s £1 bingo competition and accuses OAPs of breaking illegal gambling laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 20th, 2017 in care homes, gambling, local government, news by tracey

‘Pensioners at a care home have had their £1 bingo competition banned after a council accused them of breaking the law against illegal gambling dens.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 19th November 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Council wins appeal over residential care payments and revenue streams – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 24th, 2017 in appeals, care homes, elderly, fees, local government, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed a council’s appeal over whether it could lawfully take into account three revenue streams – private fees, top up payments and NHS payments – when making an evaluative judgement of what it would expect to pay for residential care for the elderly.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Woman’s murder in care home could have been prevented, inquiry finds – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2017 in autism, care homes, mental health, murder, news, social services by sally

‘The murder of an 18-year-old woman by a fellow resident at a care home who had previously attempted to strangle other women was both predictable and preventable, a serious case review has found.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 28th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Abuse inquiry ‘should hear more evidence from Cyril Smith complainants’ – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2017 in care homes, child abuse, inquiries, news, parliament, sexual offences by sally

‘More alleged victims of the former Liberal MP Cyril Smith and officials who investigated him should be allowed to testify at the child sexual abuse inquiry, a preliminary hearing has been told.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 20th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Will UK consumer law destroy the care home market? – The Guardian

Posted August 23rd, 2017 in care homes, care workers, competition, consumer protection, news by sally

‘Adult social care is on the financial ropes. Last year it was the introduction of the “national living wage”, this year it’s the requirement to backdate pay for sleep-in shifts. In both cases, the government is being urged to step in to prop up care providers.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 22nd August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Connor Sparrowhawk: no risk assessments before teenager’s death, tribunal finds – The Guardian

‘A senior psychiatrist failed to carry out any risk assessments on an epileptic teenager before he had a seizure and drowned in a bath, a medical tribunal has found.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 21st August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Court of Protection: Guidance on Religious Observance – Park Square Barristers

Posted July 5th, 2017 in care homes, disabled persons, human rights, Islam, news by sally

‘The first application was in respect of adherence to fasting during Ramadan, the second application was in respect of the trimming of body hair.

Issues of capacity were not disputed within the proceedings. The court was concerned with a determination in respect of each application of what is in the best interests of IH under section 4 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.’

Full Story

Park Square Barristers, 12th June 2017

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

Soaring abuse of elderly amid warnings care system ‘disintegrating’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2017 in assault, care homes, community care, elderly, news, social services, statistics by tracey

‘Reports of abuse and neglect of the elderly have risen by one third, amid warnings from GPs that the care system is “rapidly disintegrating”. The number of cases referred to social services under safeguarding rules has soared, new figures show, with more than 5,600 referrals last year – an increase of 33 per cent in two years.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 20th June 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Buried alive’: the old men stuck in Britain’s prisons – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2017 in care homes, elderly, mental health, news, prisons by sally

‘They can’t manage the stairs, so they can’t exercise, or go to classes. They’re afraid to shower in case they fall. The ones with dementia don’t even know where they are. Is this any way to deal with elderly offenders? By Amelia Hill’

Full Story

The Guardian, 20th June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Prisons taking role of care homes and hospices as older population soars – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2017 in care homes, elderly, mental health, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘Prisons are now the largest providers of residential care for frail and elderly men in England and Wales and are increasingly turning into hospices, providing end-of-life care for older prisoners and even managing their deaths.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 20th June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Ombudsman criticises council for “systemic fault” in care home charging policy – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 15th, 2017 in care homes, complaints, local government, news, social services by sally

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised a council for a “systemic fault” in its charging policy for care homes that could have affected a number of people in its area.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 14th June 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Murder of vulnerable alcoholic Angela Wrightson by teenage girls could not have been prevented, review rules – The Independent

Posted June 14th, 2017 in care homes, murder, news, social services, young offenders by tracey

‘Care home staff could not lock doors to prevent a 14-year-old from running away before she and a 13-year-old friend murdered a vulnerable alcoholic in her own home, it has emerged.’

Full Story

The Independent, 13th june 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Care home staff guilty of ‘organised and systematic’ abuse of disabled adults – Daily Telegraph

‘Care home bosses could increasingly face prosecution over the neglect of residents after a “groundbreaking” court case into “organised and systematic” abuse.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2017 in care homes, cohabitation, elderly, judges, married persons, news, social services by sally

‘Separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end, Britain’s most senior family judge has said.’

Full story

BBC News, 10th May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk