‘Special measures’ raise more questions than answers, says RNHA

Posted on July 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has called on health secretary Jeremy Hunt for reassurance that his hospital-style ‘special measures’ regime for failing care homes, announced last week, will be both workable and fair.

RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said proposals lacked vital detail and it is was uncertain whether they could sensibly be applied to care homes.

“We welcome any constructive steps aimed at helping care homes to deliver high quality services to their residents,” said Mr Ursell.

“We have been calling for the reintroduction of a care home ratings system for some time and are pleased that it is now happening at last. A good ratings system helps care providers to evaluate how well they are performing against the general standards of their sector. It also helps potential residents and their families to decide which care home to … Read More »

Wales adopts Declaration of Rights for older people

Posted on July 21st, by geoff in Caring Times head. Comments Off

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Wales has become the first country in the world to adopt a Declaration of the Rights of Older People, which sets out the rights of older people in Wales.

Last year, the deputy minister for social services Gwenda Thomas asked the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales to chair a working group to consider how the lives of older people in Wales could be enhanced through a declaration of rights.

The Declaration, which has received cross-party support in the National Assembly for Wales, is based on the UN Principles for Older Persons and sets out what older people have said they value and what rights they feel would support and protect them:

I have the right to be who I am
I have the right to be valued I have free will and the right to make decisions about my life
I have the … Read More »

Restricted budgets – restricted fees

Posted on July 18th, by geoff in Caring Times head. Comments Off

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Research carried out by specialist healthcare property advisors HPC suggests fees paid by local authorities for residential care in England have shown an average uplift in the region of 1.7%. The figure is derived from an audit of the Annual Fee Review which most local authorities in England have now completed as we enter the second quarter of the financial year.

HPC says that, while a number of councils have yet to complete the consultation process, this level of uplift at least seeks to give parity with rising costs. Having fallen significantly behind the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) over recent years, this average review level is broadly in line with the April 2014 CPI of 1.8%.

What the uplift does not reflect is the forthcoming 3% uplift in National Minimum Wage (October 2014) coupled with a rising pension liability for … Read More »

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