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Minimum price of home care to rise by 12% next year, says provider body

Community Care

The minimum price commissioners should pay home care providers will rise by 11.8% Vacancies across adult social care rose by more than half (52%) in the year to March 2022. Pay care staff ‘much more than national living wage’ – .

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Promoting the Health of Women Working in Home Care: towards an inclusive Women’s Health Strategy

Health & Social Care Workforce

Caroline Emmer De Albuquerque Green, NIHR ARC South London Post-Doctoral Fellow at the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, introduces a new report on the promotion of the health of women working in home care, which … Continue reading → Home care Women Workforce Caroline Green

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Home care packages delayed as staff shortages ravage aged care sector

The Guardian

The federal government last year pledged $6.5bn to fund an extra 80,000 home care packages to alleviate the huge unmet demand from Australia’s ageing population, after the royal commission warned of “unacceptable” delays.

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More than 50,000 older Australians died while waiting for approved home care since 2017, data shows

The Guardian

While deaths not linked to delays, wait times for home care on the National Priority Scheme remain high, despite recent improvements Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing More than 50,000 older Australians have died while on the waiting list for home care in recent years, data which Labor says shows the system is still in crisis. Australia news Aged care Social care Australian politics

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Almost half of home care providers across Australia to increase fees after new rules on carer pay

The Guardian

Companies say price hikes are necessary to offset costs of attracting and retaining workers, but charity contends some fee increases are ‘not reasonable’ Get our free news app , morning email briefing and daily news podcast The aged care sector is warning almost half of the nation’s home care providers will be increasing fees by up to 20% after a new two-hour minimum shift for carers comes into force on Friday, prompting complaints from older Australians and advocates.

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The value and cost of at-home care for older people | Letters

The Guardian

Readers respond to an article by Simon Hattenstone about finding the right care arrangements for his 93-year-old mother Simon Hattenstone’s article ( I didn’t want anyone else to look after Mum – until I realised what she wanted, 27 December ) almost exactly mirrors my mother’s story. There she received the most amazing care with the doctors, nurses and auxiliary staff all meeting my expectations of the amazing NHS at its very best, even during these trying times.

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Telling the tale: working in social care during the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020

The Social Care Elf

Jill Manthorpe discusses a qualitative study which examines the experiences of frontline workers in care homes and home care. The post Telling the tale: working in social care during the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 appeared first on National Elf Service.

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Implementing guidelines to protect long-term care facilities

The Social Care Elf

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges across all levels of society, but older people have undoubtedly been at the highest risk from this disease, particularly those living in long-term care facilities.

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Voices of people living with dementia and their carers on the closure of support services during COVID-19

The Social Care Elf

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Digital Competency Evaluations Can Ease Your Administrative Burden

Relias

Many post-acute care agencies continue to use outdated paper-based evaluation processes, which are difficult to track and prone to errors. With the right tools, you can streamline the process, minimize errors, and provide quality care to your patients and residents.

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Why Care Coordination Is Important for Home Health and Hospice Agencies

Relias

A well-designed care coordination process benefits patients, providers, and payer organizations. Improved care quality and patient safety, reduced readmissions and ER visits, and lower healthcare costs are just some of the positive outcomes of effective care coordination.

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Home Health Agencies Face Growing Competition as Value-Based Purchasing Expands Nationally

Relias

With the successes reaped during the pilot of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) program, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aims to accelerate the results nationwide. TNC measures include the following: TNC Self-Care.

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Importance of Image and Respect for Home Health Recruitment and Retention

Relias

The increased pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented never-before-seen growth opportunities for home health agencies and their workforce, as Bill Dombi, President of the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), noted in a December 2021 webinar titled The State of Home Health.

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Future-Proof Your Workforce: Post-Acute Care Reskilling and Upskilling

Relias

The speed of change in healthcare requires post-acute care organizations to take a different approach to job preparedness. Instead, forward-thinking executives are building work cultures that embrace post-acute care reskilling and upskilling to maximize adaptability.

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£200m for NHS to buy short-term care placements to speed up discharge

Community Care

The government will give the NHS an extra £200m to buy short-term care placements to help relieve the pressures on its beleaguered emergency care system. Barclay – NHS under ‘enormous pressures’ Health and social care secretary Steve Barclay (credit: HM Government).

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‘Rapidly deteriorating situation’ for social care, finds ADASS

Community Care

Staff shortages are driving a “rapidly deteriorating situation” for people needing care and their carers, directors warned today. ADASS urges £1,000 winter bonus for care staff in England to stem workforce pressures. across adult social care in October 2021, from 6.2%

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‘Perilous’ shortage of homecare workers leaves patients trapped in hospitals

The Guardian

Exclusive: almost one in four people unable to be discharged were waiting for home care, data reveals A “perilous” shortage of homecare workers is the biggest reason thousands of people are languishing longer in hospital than needed, driving up waiting lists and making people sicker, figures reveal.

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65,000 adults waiting at least six months for assessment as unmet needs mount, warns ADASS

Community Care

The figure, dating from the end of February, is six times that recorded in September last year, and comes with most directors reporting they have had to prioritise assessments for cases of suspected abuse or neglect, hospital discharge or reablement following a temporary residential care stay.

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Less than one in five care staff vaccinated against flu or boosted against Covid, figures reveal

Community Care

Less than one in five adult social care staff have been vaccinated against flu or received their autumn booster jab for Covid-19, according to government figures. of staff in older adult care homes had received an autumn booster for Covid and 13.8%

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Care Act duties ‘permanently undermined’ by widespread breaches during Covid, argues study

Community Care

Councils’ Care Act 2014 duties have arguably been “permanently undermined” by widespread non-compliance during the pandemic, a study has found. Failed’ Care Act 2014 must be properly implemented in shift to ‘enabling’ adults’ services, say peers.

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Vulnerable adults left without care in England as staff crisis worsens

The Guardian

Home care is provided to elderly or disabled adults in their home to help with essential tasks, such as cooking and personal care. Social care Society Ageing Health UK news

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Care home discharge plan risks inappropriate placements and neglects causes of crisis – sector

Community Care

Government plans for the NHS to discharge people from hospitals to care homes risk inappropriate placements and neglect the root causes of the acute pressures on the health service. “Most people want to be discharged from hospital back home.

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UK dementia care agency’s half-hour home visits ‘lasted as little as three minutes’

The Guardian

Staff filed records claiming far more care was given, evidence suggests A dementia home care agency spent as little as three and a half minutes on taxpayer-funded care visits and filed records claiming far more care was given, according to evidence seen by the Guardian. The hasty care was exposed by Susan Beswick’s family, who called it “totally inadequate”. Social care Dementia Older people UK news

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40% of people delayed in hospital awaiting social care package

Community Care

Four in ten people whose discharge from hospital is delayed are awaiting a social care package, according to NHS data. Statistics breaking down how far delays were attributable to social care, NHS or both services stopped being collected in 2020 because of the pandemic.

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UK immigration rules to be eased as shortages of care workers worsen

The Guardian

Immigration rules will be relaxed for care workers, care assistants and home care workers, who will be added to the Home Office’s shortage occupation list. Social care Immigration and asylum Coronavirus Society

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Closures and soaring waiting lists: crunch time for social care services

The Guardian

‘Red lights are flashing’ warns care boss, in advance of the government’s social care white paper Social care services across England are “rapidly deteriorating”, with waiting lists soaring and councils struggling with care home closures, social services chiefs have warned.

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Home aged care staff at ‘breaking point’, as most miss out on Coalition’s $800 bonus

The Guardian

Australia’s home aged care providers facing ‘abysmal’ turnover rates as rising stress and poor pay take their toll Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing The nation’s largest home care provider says its aged care workers are at “breaking point” and are only receiving a fraction of the Coalition’s promised $800 bonus due to flaws with the scheme’s design. Aged care Australian politics Australia news Coronavirus Social care

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Carers more stressed, less able to take breaks and less supported by paid services, finds study

Community Care

They are also also less involved in their loved-ones’ care, less satisfied with the services they receive and less socially connected, found NHS Digital’s 2021-22 study into the lives of unpaid carers, a regular survey last carried out in 2018-19. Lack of home care to meet demand.

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‘People think it’s all in the past’: push to reform system taking Aboriginal kids from families

The Guardian

Indigenous children make up 41% of all kids in out-of-home care in NSW, while changes recommended three years ago have been ignored Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing When Lizzie Jarrett was 12 years old, she walked into her grandmother’s home and met a man she didn’t recognise.

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Social care leaders hailed in New Year Honours

Community Care

Social care leaders from across local and central government and provider bodies have been recognised in the New Year Honours as the sector battles one of the toughest winters in many years. All four were honoured for services to social care.

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Adult social care vacancy rate hits 10%

Community Care

The staff vacancy rate across adult social care services in England hit 10% last month, show figures released today. of posts were vacant, according to Skills for Care’s adult social care workforce data set. and care workers 12.2%.

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£300m boost for adult social care workforce through winter

Community Care

The government has given the adult social care workforce a £300m boost through the winter which providers can use to increase staffing numbers or pay. Latest Skills for Care figures show average vacancies – among providers who have submitted data – rose from 8.9%

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Scottish Labour leader pledges nearly £1bn to provide free care for older people

The Guardian

Anas Sarwar believes totally integrating social and health care is essential to NHS reform Anas Sarwar , the Scottish Labour leader, has pledged to spend nearly £1bn to provide free residential care for all elderly people and free home care in a bid to address Labour’s slump in support.

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Tell us: how are you being affected by the UK staff shortages in care?

The Guardian

The shortage of care workers means hospitals are unable to discharge a number of patients who need care in the community, intensifying pressure on the NHS. Social care

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CQC urges government to fund better pay for care staff to tackle ‘gridlocked’ system

Community Care

The government must fund better pay and training for adult social care staff to tackle a deepening workforce crisis that is undermining the quality of services. There is no fat left to trim’: social care leaders warn Jeremy Hunt against further rounds of cuts.

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Social care funding rise ‘should deliver tangible service improvements’, says government

Community Care

An increase in adult social care funding next year should deliver “tangible improvements” to services, the government told councils today. It includes: £1.345bn for the existing social care grant, which can be spent on adults’ or children’s services.

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Hunt announces two-year care cap delay to help councils deliver 200,000 extra care packages

Community Care

Councils will be able to deliver an extra 200,000 care packages over the next two years through what chancell0r Jeremy Hunt described as the “biggest increase in funding” adult social care sector had received in its history. ‘Disappointing’ delay to care cap.

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NHS to get most of £500m winter adult social care funding

Community Care

The NHS will be given the majority of a £500m fund for adult social care, designed to speed up hospital discharge and bolster the care workforce. In 2021-22, the number of vacancies across adult social care rose by 55,000 (52%), while the number of filled posts fell by 50,000.

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Arise, infection prevention and control champions!

Social Care

Care colleagues have already demonstrated tireless commitment to the principals of IPC every day. Social care colleagues have already demonstrated tireless commitment to the principals of IPC every day. They will lead infection prevention and control in their specific areas or homes.

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‘Things have never been so bad’ for people needing care, carers and staff, warns ADASS president

Community Care

“Things have never been so bad,” for people needing care, carers and staff, the president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has warned. million hours of home care [that] couldn’t be delivered in the first quarter of this year.