‘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’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2017

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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.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2017

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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.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th June 2017

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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.’

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The Independent, 13th june 2017

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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.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2017

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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.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2017

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Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty: Law Commission Report Summary – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities are being detained in hospitals and care homes without the appropriate checks, due to a law unfit for purpose according to the Law Commission.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th March 2017

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Care home owners seek to bar council officers from entering premises – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 9th, 2017 in care homes, harassment, local government, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The owners of a care home have sought to bar Cornwall Council officers from entering its premises, claiming that the action was necessary to “protect service users from disruptive local officials”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th March 2017

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Liverpool ‘lack of care’ home owners fined £80k over ‘dangerous, dirty’ conditions – BBC News

Posted March 7th, 2017 in care homes, costs, fines, news, quality assurance by tracey

‘Two brothers who ran a care home where elderly residents lived in squalor have been fined more than £80,000.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2017

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Lawyer criticises child abuse inquiry for not safeguarding evidence – The Guardian

‘The national child abuse inquiry has been criticised by a prominent lawyer representing victims for failing to seize potentially vital caches of evidence before they are destroyed.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2017

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There is a growing trend to hold those in control of risk in the care sector responsible, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 1st, 2017 in care homes, care workers, health & safety, news, prosecutions, sentencing by sally

‘There is a growing trend to hold care workers in control of risk responsible when things go wrong, a health and safety expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th February 2017

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Child sex abuse ‘on an industrial scale’ at London care home revealed as alleged victims take inquiry into their own hands – The Independent

Posted December 16th, 2016 in care homes, child abuse, compensation, inquiries, local government, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Lambeth Council faces paying out millions of pounds in compensation to children allegedly put at risk.’

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The Independent, 15th December 2016

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Unfair care home practices examined by watchdog – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2016 in care homes, competition, news by sally

‘A review of the UK’s care home market is being launched by the competition watchdog to see if residents are being treated fairly.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2016

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Holocaust survivor: care home feels like being back in concentration camp – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in care homes, deprivation of liberty safeguards, elderly, news, restraint by sally

‘Holocaust survivor who said living in a care home reminded her of being back in a Nazi concentration camp has been given special permission by a court to return home despite her frail condition.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st December 2016

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Child trafficking: Scores missing from UK care homes – BBC News

‘Trafficked children and unaccompanied child asylum seekers are going missing from UK care homes at “an alarmingly high rate”, two charities have said.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2016

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Warning of potential rise in legal actions as adult care funding gap bites – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 9th, 2016 in care homes, disabled persons, elderly, local government, news, social services by sally

‘The number of cases in relation to adult care could rise with local authorities struggling to cope with a funding gap, it has been claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2016

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Councils risk ‘legal action over care cuts’ – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2016 in care homes, disabled persons, elderly, local government, news, social services by sally

‘Council cuts to care in England are so severe there is a real risk families may take legal action, experts say.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2016

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Care home worker Karen Pedley given 14 life sentences – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2016 in care homes, care workers, murder, news, sentencing by michael

‘A “fire-obsessed” care home worker who killed a 96-year-old resident by setting fire to her room has been given 14 life sentences.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2016

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Watchdog: more than half of failing care providers have not improved – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 10th, 2016 in care homes, hospitals, news, reports, standards by sally

‘More than half of failing NHS hospitals, care homes and GP practices have deteriorated or made no improvement since being inspected by watchdogs, official figures

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Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2016

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Care home company fined £1.6m for letting woman freeze to death – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2016 in care homes, duty of care, elderly, fines, news, social services by tracey

‘A care home that allowed a 91-year-old woman to die of severe hypothermia has been fined £1.6m.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2016

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