Council secures possession in case concerning effect of time spent in residential care by person with no mental capacity and whether it should deprive family member of right to succeed – Local Government Lawyer

‘A woman must leave her home of 57 years because her mother – the legal tenant of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council – died in a care home rather than in the house, the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd September 2022

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High Court backs move of 89-year-old man with Alzheimer’s from care home in UK to Jamaica – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 21st, 2022 in care homes, Court of Protection, elderly, Jamaica, local government, mental health, news by sally

‘It is in the best interests of an 89-year-old man (XX) currently in a care home in the UK to travel to Jamaica for his last years, despite him lacking the mental capacity to make the decision himself, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th September 2022

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Residential care, succession and human rights incompatibility – Nearly Legal

‘Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Mailley (2022) EWHC 2328 (QB). A quick note on this possession claim, which involves a challenge to Section 87 Housing Act 1985 as incompatible with Article 8 and 14 ECHR.’

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Nearly Legal, 19th September 2022

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Court of Protection judge backs trial period of 92-year-old being cared for at home, saying risk was manageable – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 15th, 2022 in care homes, community care, Court of Protection, elderly, human rights, mental health, news by tracey

‘A Court of Protection judge has approved a trial period where a 92-year-old woman (AC) is care for in her home, in a case where the council argued that she should remain in a care home.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th September 2022

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Sussex PCs used baton and Taser on elderly man in wheelchair – BBC News

‘Gross misconduct notices have been served on two police officers who used a baton, a Taser and incapacitant spray on a man in a wheelchair.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2022

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Care firm My Homecare Reading put clients at risk, report finds – BBC News

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in care homes, news, recruitment, reports, standards by tracey

‘An inadequate care firm put clients at risk of avoidable harm and failed to obtain required recruitment information for some staff, inspectors found.’

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BBC News, 2nd August 2022

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Human rights of people in care at risk due to slow progress on visiting – report – The Independent

‘The human rights of people in care are at risk of being breached by slow progress on enabling visits and the inappropriate use of resuscitation notices, a report has warned.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2022

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Serious incidents more common in for-profit children’s homes in England – The Guardian

‘Serious incidents involving the police and whistleblowing complaints are more common in private children’s homes run to make a profit than in homes run by charities and councils, data suggests.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2022

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Reports of Calcot abuse prompt calls for reform of children’s social care in UK – The Guardian

‘Ministers are facing calls for urgent reform of the children’s residential care system in the wake of shocking reports of vulnerable youngsters being abused and sexually assaulted at homes run by a private firm making huge profits.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2022

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Ombudsman investigation sees council agree to repay five years of care fee top-ups after it failed to offer affordable alternative placement first – Local Government Lawyer

‘Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has agreed to reimburse “a significant amount of money” to a woman after it did not offer her mother an affordable care home placement, before asking her to pay a top-up towards her mother’s fees.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th May 2022

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Challenge to Government policy of discharging hospital patients to care homes at start of pandemic partly upheld – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The High Court (Bean LJ and Garnham J) held in R (Gardner) v Secretary of State for Health [2022] EWHC 967 (Admin) that the Government’s March 2020 Discharge Policy and the April 2020 Admissions Guidance were unlawful to the extent that the policy set out in each document was irrational in failing to advise that where an asymptomatic patient (other than one who had tested negative) was admitted to a care home, he or she should, so far as practicable, be kept apart from other residents for 14 days.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd May 2022

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Government will not challenge court ruling on care home discharge policies – The Independent

‘The Government has said it will not be appealing against a High Court ruling which stated its care home discharge policies were unlawful.’

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The Independent, 4th May 2022

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‘Thrown to the wolves’: Covid care home ruling is bitter victory for relatives – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2022 in care homes, coronavirus, elderly, hospitals, news by sally

‘This time of year brings bad memories for families of care home residents who died in Covid’s first wave when the virus swept, mostly unchecked, through nursing homes.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2022

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Profit making private providers of children’s care & breaches of Article 5 – Garden Court Chambers

‘For anyone concerned with the human rights of children AB (A Child: human rights) 2021 EWFC B100 is an essential read. The case concerned a 12-year-old boy, AB, who was placed under interim public law orders in foster care and then care homes run by Horizons Care Ltd. For several months, whilst awaiting a final hearing, AB had had his liberty restricted in a residential unit called Mill Cottage, in breach of his Article 5 rights.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 4th April 2022

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Mental capacity, end of life care and religion: MR & Ors – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 2nd, 2022 in care homes, Court of Protection, Judaism, local government, news by sally

‘In London Borough of X v MR & Ors [2022] EWCOP 1, MR, aged 86, was living with dementia and was expected to die at some time between the spring of 2022 and the spring of 2024. He had been discharged from hospital to CC Nursing Home during the first COVID emergency, where he was held under a standard Deprivation of Liberty issued by the local authority. The sole issue before the Court was not whether it was in MR’s best interests to return home but whether he should remain at CC Nursing Home or move to a Jewish care home.’

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Law & Religion UK, 2nd March 2022

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Supreme Court to hear appeal over ruling by coroner that Article 2 ECHR not engaged where vulnerable woman died – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal over a coroner’s ruling that Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Right to life) was not engaged in a case where a vulnerable, 52-year-old woman with Down’s syndrome and learning disabilities died.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st March 2022

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Care home staff jailed for degrading acts to vulnerable man – BBC News

‘Three care home workers have been jailed for 18 months for mistreating a vulnerable man.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2022

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Katy Sprague not warned of threat to kill hours before her murder – BBC News

‘A woman was not told her neighbour had threatened to kill her just hours before he murdered her, a review has found.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2022

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Mandatory vaccination for care home workers not unlawful nor in breach of ECHR – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Peters & Anor, R (On the application of) the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care & Anor [2021] EWHC 3182 (Admin), 2 November 2021. This was a renewed application by the claimants for permission to proceed with a judicial review challenge to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021, which requires a registered person who runs a regulated activity in a care home to ensure that any person entering the premises has been vaccinated, unless for clinical reasons that person is exempt.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th November 2021

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Fighting ever increasing odds against a draconian intervention – and when is a without notice hearing acceptable? – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Protection recently ordered that a woman with late onset vascular dementia be transferred to a residential care home after relations between her son and care workers broke down. Alex Ruck Keene analyses the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th November 2021

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