Care homes

Care providers to receive nearly £550m to reduce Covid transmissions


Care providers in England will benefit from over half a billion pounds of extra funding to reduce Covid-19 transmissions, the Government has confirmed.

Care home providers warned of Covid-19 rise


Department of Health & Social Care has written to care home providers in England warning them of the risk of a rise in coronavirus cases in the care sector.

Fifth of care homes took on Covid patients, survey reveals


One in five care homes had to accept patients discharged from hospital who had tested positive for COVID-19 during the early part of the pandemic, a survey has found.

Yorkshire councils make case for more localised COVID-19 interventions


Seven councils in Yorkshire that have appeared on the national COVID-19 watchlist in recent weeks have pledged to work together in a bid to secure extra funding.

New guidance to allow care homes to open to visitors


Public health directors will start to assess care homes to see if they can re-open for visits from family and friends, under new government guidance.

Care chiefs reject Boris' COVID claims


Care chiefs have rejected claims by Boris Johnson that it was their lack of vigilance that led to a high number of coronavirus deaths in care homes.

Social care is running out of cash, experts warn


Social care could run out of money to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis by the end of the summer unless the Government steps in with more cash.

Care home deaths drop but council chiefs still ‘seriously’ concerned


Council chiefs welcome decrease in the number of Covid-related care home deaths but warn that it is ‘seriously concerning’ that the death rate remains so high.

Care homes were an ‘afterthought’ during pandemic, watchdog warns


A new report has warned that around 25,000 people were discharged from hospital into a care home without being tested for coronavirus at the height of the pandemic.

Care home residents facing 'coronavirus bill'


Some care home residents have been forced to pay a 'coronavirus bill’ of up to £100 a week by their provider, a charity has warned.

Care home on the brink of collapse


Care homes in the North East have issued a legal warning to North Tyneside council, claiming they could collapse within days without further funding.

Covid-19 care homes deaths 51% higher than estimated


The number of care home residents who have died from coronavirus is more than 50% higher than previously estimated, figures today have revealed.

Johnson announces £600m for infection control in care homes


Councils have welcomed the £600m extra funding for infection control within care homes.

Government unveils improved daily report on Covid-19 deaths


From today, the new daily count for deaths caused by Covid-19 will include those occurring in care homes for the first time.

Councils must urgently allocate funding to social care providers, report warns


Funding given to local authorities to deal with the coronavirus crisis must urgently get through to independent adult social care services, a new report has warned.

Care home coronavirus deaths quadruple


The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show the number of coronavirus deaths in care homes quadrupled in the week ending 10 April.

Data shows thousands dying in care homes from coronavirus


The number of people dying from coronavirus in care homes has doubled in the past week, new data has revealed.

Coronavirus testing to be rolled out across social care sector


The Government has pledged to offer testing for coronavirus to all social care staff and care home residents.

Spike in deaths led to fears of care homes crisis


A huge spike in the number of UK deaths has led to fears the pandemic is rife in care homes.

Care England hits out at 'insufficient' funding increase


Care England has branded the 10% funding increase for care homes as ‘derisory’ and warned many providers could collapse.

Care home bosses disqualified for diverting £500,000 of council money


‘Reckless’ care home bosses have been disqualified for diverting council funds and abandoning elderly residents.

Ombudsman reminds councils of care home ‘top-up fees’ duties


Councils are being reminded by the local government Ombudsman of their duties to administer ‘top-up fees’ for people contributing towards relatives’ care.

Research highlights under-funding of independent care homes


Care homes operated by local authorities receive over 40% more in weekly fees than independent homes, despite no difference in standards or quality of care, research has shown.

Union calls for Sanctuary Care homes to be brought ‘back in-house’


Unite is urging councils who have contracts with Sanctuary Care to bring them ‘in-house’ after a criminal investigation was launched into one of its homes.

Thirty councils accused of ‘short changing’ independent care homes


A charity has found 30 councils are paying less than £500 a week for an older person in an independent residential care home, the equivalent of just £2.97 per hour.

Partnership working will deliver best outcomes in social care


Hayden Knight believes that a collaborative approach between providers, local authorities and other agencies offers an opportunity to innovate the way we care for people with dementia.

Nurse shortages ‘endangering’ care home patients


A campaign has been launched calling on the Government to fix the nursing workforce crisis as hospitals and care homes warn patient safety is ‘endangered’.

Care home closed amid allegations of ‘child cruelty’


A care home in the north Bristol area for children with special needs has been closed down amid allegations of child cruelty.

Nottinghamshire councils apologise for ‘decades’ of child abuse


Nottinghamshire councils have apologised for letting survivors ‘down in worst possible way’ after an inquiry found hundreds of children were abused in care.

Over 40% of emergency hospital admissions ‘avoidable'


Council chiefs have called for more resources to recruit care home staff after research shows four in 10 hospital admissions from care homes could be avoided.

Stop 'criminalisation' of children in care homes, council chiefs say


More must be done to stop the 'criminalisation' of children in care homes, according to local government leaders.

Thousands of older people impacted by care home closures, survey reveals


Survey of social care directors has revealed that thousands of older and disabled people have been impacted by care home closures after a decade of cuts.

Cuts impacting on oral health in care homes, council chiefs warn


Care home residents are not supported to ‘maintain and improve’ their oral health, the national health and social care regulator has revealed.

‘Locked up’ children cost £300m to care for, commissioner says


An estimated 1,500 children in England are locked up by the state for their own or others’ safety at a cost of a third of a billion pounds a year, new report reveals.

Four Seasons Health Care slides into administration


Funding has been found to prop up more than 300 care homes as Four Seasons Health Care enters administration.

Digital portal showing care home vacancies launched


Local authorities have partnered with the NHS to provide a new digital portal which shows how many vacancies there are in local care homes.

Council criticised for not carrying out ‘proper assessments’ in deprivation of liberty cases


Council argues legislation dealing with when it is legitimate to deprive someone of liberty is not 'fit for purpose’ after being criticised by ombudsman.

Children’s home system ‘catastrophically failing children’, MPs warn


MPs today launched a Parliamentary inquiry into the record number of children who are ‘farmed out’ to live in children’s homes miles away from family and friends.

Care home quality ‘worsens’ in a third of council areas


The quality of care homes has worsened in more than a third of local authority areas over the last year, according to an elderly persons charity.

Fire safety failures revealed in care homes


Serious fire safety failures have been found in nearly 100 care homes across London, the capital’s fire brigade have said.

One in five councils have not increased spending on care home fees


One in five councils have not increased the fees they pay care homes in the past year despite costs rising by up to 5%, new research has shown.

Care homes spend less than £3 per resident on food


Elderly care homes are spending an average of just £2.44 per resident on food, according to new research.

Council fees are squeezing providers out of the care market, think tank warns


The low fees paid to care providers by overstretched local authorities are impacting on care staff and are forcing them to hand back contracts, a new report has found.

Regulator calls for more transparency in the care home sector


Care homes should be upfront about all of the terms and conditions in their contracts to ensure residents and their representatives are treated fairly, new guidelines say.

Care home provider on verge of collapse, regulators warn


The financial problems of one of the UK’s largest care providers poses ‘credible risk of service disruption’ to local provision of social care, regulators say

Millions underestimating cost of care homes


More than half of people are underestimating care-home costs by around £12,000 a year, new research has revealed.

Former Northants leader admits ‘mistakes’ over PFI deal


Former leader of Northamptonshire County Council has admitted mistakes were made in a PFI deal which has meant up to £2m a year being paid for empty care beds.

Council pays £50,000 to victim of care home grooming gang


A former children's care home resident has received a £50,000 payout from Birmingham City Council after she claimed it failed to protect her from grooming gangs.

Older adults failing to save for future care needs


More than one in 10 older people will have to pay at least £100,000 for their care, but most are not saving to cover the cost, according to new research.

Dementia sufferers told to leave care home over safety concerns


Doncaster Council was forced to tell 27 residents to leave their privately run care home over concerns for their safety.

Care homes not operating at full capacity, data analysts find


Healthcare data specialists have called for a reappraisal of the ‘care home crisis’ after discovering care homes have more capacity than was thought.

Social care crisis leads to over 80% rise in care home insolvencies


The funding crisis in the social care sector has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of private care providers entering insolvency, a new study reveals.

Private social care providers criticise ‘paltry’ fee offers


Independent providers of social care have criticised local authorities for what they describe as ‘paltry fee offers’.

Neglect common in care homes due to staff ‘burnout’


The largest-ever survey of care home staff in England has found that neglectful behaviours are widespread due to staff ‘burnout’.

Care home quality and choice ‘likely to get worse’, council chiefs warn


Council leaders have warned the choice of care homes will get worse as charity reveals quality of homes in one in five local authority areas dropped last year.

Care homes in danger of ‘breaking law’ over contracts


Local authorities have a duty to provide clear information on the care system, council chiefs say as research reveals care homes are withholding contracts and not explaining terms to customers.

Projects launched to support care leavers


Three new projects to help care leavers into education, employment or training has been launched by the Government.

Birmingham Council denies it will ‘suddenly’ move residents to new care providers


Birmingham City Council has denied accusations they will move residents receiving social care services should their provider not complete the tender process.

MPs ‘strikingly pessimistic’ about the quality of local care homes


Two-thirds of MPs in England believe there is a lack of high-quality care homes for their older constituents to choose from, a new survey has revealed.

Care home providers struggling with ‘harsh reality’ of care crisis


Half of England’s large care home providers have at least one in four failing homes in their network, according to a consumer watchdog.

Five London councils commission programme to keep troubled youngsters out of care


Five London boroughs have jointly commissioned a new programme to help vulnerable young people stay out of care.

Councils urged to be clear on care home costs


Councils have been reminded to give families accurate information about care home fees by the ombudsman, following a complaint against Lincolnshire County Council.

Welsh council first to offer care leavers council tax relief


Rhondda Cynon Taf has become the first Welsh council to agree to a council tax exemption for care leavers up to the age of 25.

Pensioners face care home funding ‘lottery’


Pensioners face a care funding lottery, insurance company warns as FOI requests reveal ‘huge variation’ in how care homes are funded.

Council cuts responsible for £1bn care home sector shortfall


The care home sector is suffering from a £1bn funding shortfall because councils are not paying high enough fee rates, extensive review into the sector finds.

Over half of care home places ‘inadequate’, investigation reveals


Local government leaders have renewed calls for urgent action to fix the care home system after report accuses many homes of being substandard.

Thousands of young disabled adults are 'stuck' in older people’s care homes


Thousands of young disabled adults are being forced to live in older people’s care homes, a shocking new study has revealed

‘Critical lack’ of care home places leaves families feeling guilty, survey reveals


Families facing a ‘critical lack’ of choice when it comes to arranging a care home for relatives as councils face care home place shortfall, watchdog finds.

Average stay in a residential care equals 26 family holidays


The cost of the average length of stay in a residential care home has risen to nearly £82,000 - the equivalent of 26 annual family holidays - new research has revealed.

Number of deaths in care homes could exceed those in hospitals by 2040


The number of deaths occurring in care homes could double in the next 25 years, new research has warned today.

Councils face ‘massive’ shortfall in care home places


Councils will face a massive shortfall in care home places for the elderly unless urgent action is taken, according to new research.

Care leavers with mental health needs being failed by services


Two-thirds of care leavers with mental health needs are not receiving any help from a statutory services, a new study has revealed today.

Council fined after separating husband and wife for 10 months


A council has been ordered to pay out hundreds of pounds in compensation after separating a married couple for 10 months due to a lack of homecare availability.

More than 70,000 care home places needed by 2025, warns study


An extra 71,000 care home places will be needed in England by 2025 in order to cope with an ageing population, new research has revealed.

Care homes failing to get 'basics right' warns watchdog


Most residents of care homes are happy with the way they are looked after, according to health watchdogs.

Council rapped for banning man from visiting relative in care home


Nottinghamshire County Council failed to go through the correct procedures when it banned a man from visiting his partner’s mother in her care home, the local government ombudsman has ruled.

Councils win legal battle over nursing care fees


Health boards in Wales ‘misinterpreted’ the law regarding who is responsible for paying for nurses to deliver social care in residential homes, a court has ruled.

Care home residents hit with 'top up' stealth tax


A quarter of care home residents whose care is supposed to be free are being forced to pay top-up fees, according to Age UK.

Care providers take council to court over ‘inadequate’ fee rates


The largest representative of private social care providers has announced the date it is taking Essex County Council to court over ‘inadequate’ fee rates paid to providers.

Councils urged to be 'open and transparent' over cost of care exercises


Home care providers have written to prime minister Theresa May demanding changes to support their sector, including ensuring that councils’ ‘market-shaping obligations’ are enforced.

Care workers warn the dignity of residents is being compromised by cuts


Severe staff shortages in residential care homes are denying elderly people the most basic levels of care, according to a survey of care workers.

A number of care homes may be breaking the law, research reveals


An investigation has been launched after revelations some care homes are breaking consumer protection laws by charging families after a resident has died.

Ombudsman warns councils to offer affordable care options


The local government ombudsman has reminded councils they must offer affordable placements to families when arranging care for their relatives.

Councils accused of ‘poor commissioning’ in Devon care home abuse case


Learning disabilities charities have blamed ‘poor commissioning’ by local authorities and ‘weak inspection’ regimes for abuse in two care homes in Devon.

Judge calls for end of ‘inhumane’ separation of elderly couples in care homes


Separating elderly couples when one or both of them go into care is ‘inhumane’, a senior judge has said.

Essex council taken to court over care home fee rates


The country’s largest representative body for providers of adult social care has accused Essex council of ‘unlawful’ practices with regards to how much it pays care home providers.

Charity reveals ‘stark variation’ in care home quality


New research has revealed ‘stark variation’ at both the local authority and regional level when it comes to the quality of care homes.

Care home bill can eat up more than half the value of a house research shows


People face losing up to half the value of their home when entering residential care, new analysis has revealed today.

Care firms cancelling council contracts due to lack of money


Care firms have ended contracts with 95 councils, warning they are unable to deliver services on the amount they are being paid, a new investigation has revealed.

Talks over care home fees at 'virtual breakdown'


Hundreds of care home are at risk of closure in Scotland due to ‘chronic underfunding’, Scottish Care has warned.

Care home accuses Cornwall Council of ‘disruptive behaviour’


A mental care home has accused Cornwall Council of ‘persistent intrusive and disruptive behaviour’ and suspended officials from accessing its care provision.

Disabled children with challenging behaviour being 'hidden' from society


A ‘fragmented' care system is depriving disabled children with complex needs of the right to an education and family life, a damning review has said today.

Care homes rely on ‘hidden tax’ of £1.3bn to stay open


The care home funding shortfall has left self-funders paying a ‘hidden tax’ of £1.3bn to keep the sector ‘afloat’, analysts reveal.

Council criticised after woman in care home left ‘malnourished’


Wokingham council has been told to pay out thousands in compensation after a woman was left ‘severely malnourished’ and bored during a stay in a care home.

New care housing to save county council nearly £3m a year


A county council has unveiled plans to build 600 homes for older and disabled people within the next decade.

British adults believe abuse in care homes is ‘common’


Over half of British adults believe that abuse and neglect in care homes for the elderly is common, new research reveals.

Care homes using ‘self-funders’ to deal with funding squeeze


Financially squeezed care homes are using older people who pay for their own care to make up shortfalls to keep struggling homes open.

Widespread use of antipsychotics to treat dementia despite ‘substantial’ risks


A care home dementia survey has uncovered widespread failure to reduce the prescribing of antipsychotic drugs, despite Government warnings they pose a ‘substantial clinical risk’.

Care home closures put 162 jobs at risk


Britain’s biggest care home group is closing three of its homes putting over 150 jobs at risk because they are ‘operating at a loss’.

Care homes fees soar to £30,000 a year for first time


The annual cost of a care home for elderly people has risen to over £30,000 a year for the first time, increasing ten times faster than pensioner incomes, new research has revealed.

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