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Michelle Cooper
May 15, 2018
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Elderly will be cared for by ROBOTS to solve staff shortage

ROBOTS which can listen, learn and react to people are being introduced in care homes to help look after residents and prevent loneliness. The humanoid companions, which are equipped with artificial intelligence, will be able to recognise the needs and emotions of frail, elderly residents. They will take the strain off overburdened care workers and […]

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Michelle Cooper
May 11, 2018
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Ombudsman: Council ‘ wrongfully made respite care cut ‘

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has upheld a complaint by a mother, finding that Wiltshire Council used out-of-date calculations to ration her son’s care. The ombudsman said the council did not discharge its duties under the law. The council has apologised and agreed to pay compensation. Jill Homersely, of Swindon, complained about the […]

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Michelle Cooper
May 10, 2018
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Woman jailed for 20 months after stealing £100,000 from a care home

A woman has been jailed for 20 months after stealing £100,000 from a care home company to fund her online roulette addiction. Sarah McGartland abused her position as an accounts clerk with Harvey’s Healthcare to transfer cash into her own account. McGartland was jailed at Glasgow Sheriff Court having admitted embezzling a total of £102,389 […]

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Michelle Cooper
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Care Home Sunrise Senior Living will pay up to £2m compensation in “upfront fees”.

Care homes operator Sunrise Senior Living will pay more than £2m in compensation after charging thousands of pounds in compulsory “upfront fees”.   The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) secured the deal for those who had paid the fees since 1 October 2015. People who have left or leave within two years of moving into […]

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Michelle Cooper
May 4, 2018
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Failings in learning disability deaths

A review into the deaths of people with learning disabilities by NHS England has highlighted significant concerns surrounding their care. Some 1,311 cases were passed for review between July 2016 and November 2017, with only 103 (8%) finished so far. Of these, the Learning Disability Mortality Review found failings had taken place in one in […]

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Michelle Cooper
April 24, 2018
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‘ Councils asking families to pay top-up fees to care home ‘

Older people’s dignity risks being compromised as councils opt for lower-cost care homes, a charity has said. Age Cymru said families were asked to accept arrangements which did not meet complex needs, despite regulations. It said its helpline had heard of loved ones being asked to pay top-up fees to secure appropriate placements when councils […]

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Michelle Cooper
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NHS head says: homes of elderly should be used to fund social care. 

Pensioners’ homes should be used to fund social care instead of major tax rises on those of working age, the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens said the “accumulated housing wealth” held by older generations should be used to pay for their care, saying they were in a “relatively advantaged position” compared to […]

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Michelle Cooper
April 21, 2018
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‘Not showering residents’ care home in Essex warned

A care home where fewer than five residents were showered in a fortnight could be closed down after inspectors found it had failed to improve. The Oaks Residential Care Home in Great Bentley was one of two homes re-inspected after being put in special measures last year. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found residents at […]

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Michelle Cooper
April 20, 2018
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Social care postcode lottery

Patients are facing a social care postcode lottery with some people being denied access to NHS funding, a watchdog has claimed. Which? said NHS funding data showed vulnerable people in England with the most expensive medical needs can be up to 25 times more likely to get their costs covered depending on where they live, […]

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Michelle Cooper
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Allied Healthcare at Risk. Seeks rescue plan!

  Allied Healthcare, which provides home visits to 13,000 people, warns it will go bust without help from creditors. Allied Healthcare, which has contracts with 150 local authorities and also provides out-of-hours services for the NHS, is asking for breathing space on its finances after cashflow problems that have been triggered in part by an […]

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