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‘STOP FAFFING AROUND!’

4th July 2019: in the words of Lord Forsyth, chair of the Lords Economic Affairs Committee report, as quoted in today’s Guardian. The report “Social care funding: time to end a national scandal,”  is published today. Without training and investing in the workforce, better funding for  providers is just part of the answer The Committee […] Read More...

Director job opportunity. Come and work with us.

Job Description This is a new, front-line leadership role within a small, national, London-based charity. Our focus is on improving the quality of life of older people in or needing care, giving support and advice to their relatives and campaigning to raise the standards of care they receive. Salary: c£50,000 Job Title: Director Reporting to: […] Read More...

Panorama – #CareInCrisis – again!

6th June 2019 Wednesday’s Panorama – and the one last week – yet again highlighted some of the gravest problems being faced today by adults needing care.  This was illustrated clearly by Rita who has Parkinson’s disease and needs a lot of help. For a long time, she was cared for at home by her family and because of the severity […] Read More...

Reviewing the ‘cautious confidence’ of a provider survey

Blog Post by Des Kelly OBE, R&RA Trustee 11 April 2019 “Challenges exist but sector remains confident” declares the annual UK care sector roundtables and survey report 2018-19 convened by Caring Times (with Barclays, Knight Frank and Pinsent Mason). Now undertaken for the last 8 years the survey (and the events) provide valuable insight into […] Read More...

Human rights outrage

Social care sector unites in open letter to Ministers criticising careless Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill 8 February 2018 – Over 100 social care sector organisations have come together to unite and sign an open letter to the Minister of State for Social Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Lords), Baroness […] Read More...

The year might be nearly out, but the fight continues

21 December 2018 – What a way to end a year! On Tuesday, the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill reach the House of Commons despite the sterling work of Opposition and Crossbench Peers and over 40 organisations calling for the Bill to be stopped to allow for proper consultation. This Bill, to quote Baroness Barker ‘is […] Read More...

The consumer watchdog shows its teeth

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) means business. Care UK – a major care and health provider – will face legal action unless it refunds the “administration” fees it was charging to 1,600 residents¹. These compulsory fees were sometimes as much as £3000. The CMA makes it clear that it is not OK to advertise […] Read More...

Budget cuts are cutting more than money.

They isolate people and devastate families.   6 December 2018 – Much has been written about budget cuts over the last year, including this week, the BBC’s impressive graphs and charts showing council budgets cuts and spending only too clearly.  Again, earlier this year, the Institute for Fiscal Studies  highlighted the deep cuts in social […] Read More...

Let’s stop choking in care homes

5 December 2018 – Judy Downey, Chair of the Relatives & Residents Association (R&RA) was on the You & Yours programme (Radio 4) on Monday, discussing a distressing death due to choking.  Tony, one of our Helpline clients, described how he had discovered his mother being fed with a spoon instead of the syringe that had been prescribed for her and which was specified in her […] Read More...

Care homes – profiting from poor care?

26 November 2018: This week the Guardian has run a series of stories that show the current unacceptable state of the care home sector.   An analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the last five years, malnutrition, lack of hydration and bedsores have been referred to in the death certificates of over 1400 care home […] Read More...

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