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Archive | May, 2013

The first care home hit single

  You’ve probably cottoned on to this but some rather talented residents of care homes and retirement properties run by Anchor have put together their own single – and next Monday (3 June) sees its release. All proceeds will be donated to the charity Contact the Elderly, which tackles loneliness and isolation among older people […]

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‘Why reintroducing star ratings for care providers would be a bad idea’

The proposal to reintroduce “star ratings” for care services is misguided, says John Burton of the Association of Care Managers. Who can argue with the idea that, when looking for a care home, potential residents and their relatives would find it helpful to be able to compare one home with another by using an easily […]

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‘We must face up to the problem of low staff literacy levels in social care’

A good command of English provides care workers with self-confidence and improves the quality of support, but the sector is worryingly silent about low literacy levels among staff, says Neil Taylor of care provider Jewish Care, which has sought to address the issue among its own employees. Literacy levels across social care are low, much […]

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Social workers key to making personalisation work – and optimistic about it too!

  Personalisation in adult social care was one of the hot topics at this year’s Community Care Live – our annual free event for social workers. In particular, the conference saw the launch of the latest National Personal Budgets Survey, which polled 3,400 service users and carers on the impact of personal budgets on their […]

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Labour to press case for power of entry for social workers after rejection by government

Here are some nuggets from the first debate on the Care Bill in the House of Lords to save you digesting all six hours’ worth of it – unless you really want to that is. What I liked about it was that it involved several social care experts, who just happen to be peers. Labour to […]

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‘This country couldn’t manage without care homes’

Social care consultant and care home owner Mike Padgham takes issue with Alicia Wood’s argument for a world without care homes. He says replacing them with supported living would remove choice for families and the right care option for many people with advanced dementia. In a word, yes, we do still need residential care in […]

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‘Help me address the desperate crisis in UK care homes’

The issues affecting care homes never seem to change. Why not? Today, the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s John Kennedy launches a year-long inquiry into how to make residential care work. Ever since I first worked as a care assistant in the mid-1980s, care homes have been in some kind of crisis or turmoil. The issues […]

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‘Do we need care homes for older people in 2013? Regrettably, yes’

In response to Alicia Wood’s call for an end to residential care for older people, social worker Jeanne Carlin says her experience of caring for her parents has led her to conclude this would not be possible In response to Alicia Wood’s article, ‘In 2013, do we still need residential care for older people?’, my […]

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‘Listen to social workers, service users…and start Tweeting’: your to-do list for the adult chief social worker

The Department of Health has announced that Lyn Romeo, currently assistant director of adult social care and joint commissioning for the London Borough of Camden, will be take up the post of England’s chief social worker for adult services in the summer.  As news of the appointment broke, we asked you to Tweet the issues you feel […]

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‘I’ve been my son’s key worker, advocate and manager…but now he’s 18 I sometimes feel redundant’

Blogger sarasiobhan, who has an 18-year-old learning disabled son, recounts how his transition to adulthood has thrown family life upside down and brought with it a new rule book in their dealings with health and social care professionals. Well, we’ve been flung into a bizarre world over the past few months. And that’s quite a statement […]

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