William Eichler 24 June 2019

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.

A new report from the Care Quality Commission has found that out of 100 care homes inspected 52% had no policy to promote and protect people’s oral health.

The CQC inspectors, who were accompanied by dental professionals, also learnt that nearly half of the care homes inspected (47%) were not training staff to support daily oral healthcare.

The regulator also found that the majority of care plans did not deal with oral health sufficiently. Around 73% of the plans reviewed ‘only partly covered’ or ‘did not cover’ oral health.

Around 10% of homes had no way to access emergency dental treatment for residents.

Responding to the findings, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said that funding cuts had impacted on oral health.

‘Health professionals and social care providers are trained to recognise and deal with dental health issues in older people, but need to continue to work together to ensure improvements in oral healthcare,’ said Cllr Hudspeth.

‘Good care costs money and adult social care is at breaking point, facing a £3.6bn funding gap by 2025,’ he continued.

‘Public health funding for councils, used to fund schemes such as tooth brushing in domiciliary care and preventive schemes in care homes, has been cut by £700m over the last five years.

‘Continued funding pressures for providers and commissioners will inevitably have an impact on care and training for staff, while access to an NHS dentist remains a challenge for many.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Children in Care

Essex County Council
£32787 - £44826 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Benefits Package
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Newly Qualified Social Workers - Children in Care

Essex County Council
£32787 - £44826 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Benefits Package
These positions are open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW's) and Experienced Social Workers. The starting salary for a NQSW is £29,236 per a England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Project Manager

Essex County Council
£31200 - £36763 per annum
Assistant Project ManagerFixed Term, 12 monthsFull Time, 37 hours per weekUp to £36,763 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Home Care Worker - Mayfair Care - Rochford

Essex County Council
Up to £10 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Mayfair Care to recruit Home Care Workers for their home care service based in Rochford. England, Essex, Rochford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Home Care Worker - Mayfair Care - Castle Point

Essex County Council
Up to £10 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Mayfair Care to recruit Home Care Workers for their home care service based in Castle Poi England, Essex, Castle Point
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.