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‘Councils must get to know their self-funders to contain mounting care costs’

The £72,000 cap on individuals social care expenditure and the need to contain mounting costs means councils will have to gather much better information on their self-funders, says Deborah Rozansky of OPM, as it produces a guide for commissioners to doing so. Self-funders make up approximately 45% of residential care home places, 48% of nursing […]

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Help shape the future of residential care

As we reported last month, ex-care services minister Paul Burstow is leading a commission to investigate the future of residential care and see how its reputation can be rehabilitated. The think-tank Demos, which has launched the commission, has now published its terms of reference and is inviting practitioners, relatives, residents and other stakeholders to answer […]

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Social care staff advised on how to keep clients safe during hot weather

As the Met Office issues a heatwave warning, Dominic Schneider looks at how social care staff are being advised to keep clients safe during the hot weather.   Social care staff are being urged to take action to protect vulnerable clients after the Met Office issued a warning that there was a 90%  probability of […]

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Social work diary: ‘When you’re new you get the referrals no-one else wants’

A new job with a local authority I last worked for 20 years ago brings mixed blessings, writes an anonymous social worker. Monday A financial crisis at my previous local authority saw my last job ended quickly and painfully. Cue a flurry of emails, eye avoidance by managers, and a sentimental card with my age […]

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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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Help for commissioners in tackling big shortfall in extra care housing

Extra care housing is good for older people and the taxpayer but supply is woefully inadequate. Now a free tool has been launched to help social care commissioners fill the gap, says Jeremy Porteus. Appropriatespecialist housing is good for many older people and for social care budgets. Research has shown the positive impact of extra […]

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Supporting the over-85s: what social care professionals should do

Fostering relationships and participation in community life should be a top priority for social care professionals in supporting the oldest people in society, says Michelle Mitchell, charity director general at Age UK, which today publishes research into the needs of people aged over 85. People aged 85 and over are the fastest growing age group […]

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Social work and the Mental Capacity Act: highlights from our debate

If you missed last night’s online chat about social work under the Mental Capacity Act, it would be well worth replaying it as the standard of discussion was really high. But to give you a flavour, here are the highlights: Professionals in dispute with family over dementia patient’s future To recap, we were discussing the case […]

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