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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

‘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.

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

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.

‘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%

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

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

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.

‘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.

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

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.

Number of healthy patients ‘stranded’ in English hospital wards rises by 80%

The Guardian

Many fit people are not being discharged because of a lack of adult home care or community health provision The number of patients stuck in hospital in England despite being medically fit to leave nearly doubled between February and November this year.

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.

Care homes in England demand revival of Covid fund to pay isolating staff

The Guardian

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) and Unison, which represents thousands of care staff, have called on the health secretary, Sajid Javid, to restart the adult social care infection control and testing fund, saying cancelling it in March was an “incredibly dangerous move [that] will cost lives”.

Keeping Families Strong

Shelter, Inc

May is National Foster Care Month, and this year’s theme is Relative and Kin Connections: Keeping Families Strong. Over 407,000 children and youth are in foster care , and 34 percent were placed with relatives or kin. View State of Illinois Foster Care Requirements .

The Impact of Student Loan Debt on Subjective Well-Being: Examining the Role of Economic and Non-Economic Factors

inSocialWork

She has collaborated on community-led research and evaluation projects examining programming for justice-involved youth, service trajectories of children in long-term out-of-home care, and financial justice for vulnerable families. Katrina Cherney, PhD.

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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.

Aged care workers struggle to cover basics as low wages and rising living costs take toll

The Guardian

The findings come from a report published on Wednesday by the Australian Aged Care Collaboration (AACC), a group of six aged care peak bodies. Aged care Australia news Industrial relations Social care Society Health

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%.

£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%

Recent happenings

Jaeran Kim

The first is an article written from my research on adoptive parents who placed an intercountry adopted child in out-of-home care due to the child’s disability. That article, You Can’t Run into a Burning Building Without Getting Burned Yourself: An Ecological Systems Perspective of Parents Choosing Out-of-Home Care for an Intercountry Adopted Child was published in the Families in Society journal.

‘Unsustainable’ reliance on agency care staff needs urgent government action, warns provider body

Community Care

Social care’s “increasingly unsustainable reliance” on agency staff needs urgent government intervention, a provider body has warned. Respondents also said that their increasing reliance on agency staff was affecting quality of care, with 73% finding locums less reliable.

Grow Your Own Home Health Aides To Capture New Business

Relias

Demand for home healthcare continues to rise, and at the same time home health aide staffing remains an ongoing challenge for agency administrators. Benefits of Healthcare at Home. Yet high employee turnover makes consistent home health aide staffing hard to achieve.

One in eight councils moved to ‘life and limb care only’ for at least some people over Christmas, warns ADASS

Community Care

One in eight councils moved to delivering “life and limb” care only for at least some people in need over the Christmas period as a result of the severe pressures arising from the Omicron variant. 300m boost for adult social care workforce through winter.

Ethnic minority care workers in more insecure work than white peers, finds watchdog

Community Care

Care workers from ethnic minority groups are more likely than their white British colleagues to experience insecure working conditions, research has found. More on racial inequalties in social care. ” Adults Social work leaders Workforce care workers race

ADASS urges £1,000 winter bonus for care staff in England to stem workforce pressures

Community Care

Directors have urged the government to fund a £1,000 winter bonus for adult social care staff in England to stem a mounting workforce crisis. across adult social care in October 2021, from 6.2% The minimum wage for staff providing direct care in Scotland is increasing to £10.02

Hospice Billing Compliance: The Latest PEPPER Updates

Relias

Routine or continuous home care provided in an assisted living facility. Assessments Compliance Hospice & Palliative Care Learning Performance Improvement Post-Acute Care Risk Management/Mitigation

10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Social Workers

KVC

Luckily, highly-trained, caring professionals are ready and willing to help these people overcome difficult obstacles and live a healthy, successful life. Social workers do NOT remove children from their homes. Self-care is an important part of the job.

Home Health Agencies Face Financial Burden of Proposed CMS Payment Cut

Relias

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes a decrease in Medicare reimbursement for home health agencies by 4.2% In June, CMS proposed the update to the Home Health Prospective Payment System just days after the U.S. All-Payer Policy for Home Health Quality Reporting.

Care cap: government change leaves less well-off at risk of ‘catastrophic’ bills, analysis finds

Community Care

People with less wealth and in poorer regions will have significantly reduced protection against “catastrophic” care costs due to a government change to the way the cap on care costs will work, an analysis has found.

Regional care commissioning ‘risks greater costs, bureaucracy and remote decision making’

Community Care

The care review’s plans to tackle the shortage of suitable care placements risk increasing costs and bureaucracy and making decision-making more remote from children and young people. Councils struggling to manage children’s homes market, amid placement shortage, study finds.