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Most home care providers have seen fall in number of hours commissioned by councils – survey

Community Care

Most home care providers have seen a fall in the number of hours of care councils have commissioned from them, research has found. Half of agencies (48%) reported a fall of 25% in the number of hours of care available to them to deliver, with a further 32% reporting decreases of less than this, found the Homecare Association.

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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. The figure, revealed today in a government plan to reduce hospital pressures, came as council leaders criticised ministers for a narrative of “blaming” social care for delayed discharges.

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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% next year due to increases in the national living wage and the impact of inflation on services’ costs. That was the message from the Homecare Association as it announced that the minimum for 2023-24 would be £25.95 , up from £23.20

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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. Continue reading.

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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. Continue reading.

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

Community Care

Integrated care boards (ICBs) will be able to use the money to buy beds in care homes or other settings for up to four weeks in order to speed up hospital discharges, freeing up beds to admit people stuck in accident and emergency departments. NHS to get most of £500m winter adult social care funding.

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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. “We must recognise that long-term, sustainable investment is needed in primary and community based care and support and for family carers.”

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