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Hundreds of pharmacists will be deployed in care homes amid concerns the elderly are over-medicating. Around 180,000 people living in nursing or residential homes will have their medicines checked, NHS England announced on Friday. The health body said elderly care home residents are prescribed seven medicines a day on average,…
The number of care homes rated "inadequate" or requiring improvement increased in one in five English council areas last year, according to new analysis. Figures compiled by older people's charity Independent Age showed dramatic variations in the quality of care homes across the country, with 28.2% performing poorly in the…
A care home for older people in West Dumbartonshire must make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents, the Care Inspectorate has said. Inspectors have served a formal Improvement Notice on Clyde View House Care Home in Cardross following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists…
The family of a man who died from suspected legionnaires' disease are considering legal action against the care home in a bid to find out how he contracted the lethal illness. Andy Clegg died in November 2017 nearly two weeks after he was admitted to Salisbury District Hospital from Fordingbridge…
A residential child care worker from Flintshire has been suspended from working as a registered social care professional for two years after Social Care Wales found his fitness to practise was impaired. Thomas Michael Jones was accused of behaving and speaking in an inappropriate manner towards two vulnerable young people…
A "troubled" 16-year-old girl will have to wait more than a month before she can be admitted into a secure accommodation unit because of the lack of placements available, a court has heard. The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is currently being housed in an unsuitable residential…
Brexit could exacerbate a “severe workforce crisis” in the care sector, potentially forcing homes and others services to shut, the industry has warned. Scottish Care, the organisation that represents independent care providers, said it was already “experiencing unprecedented difficulties in terms of viability and sustainability”. With European citizens making up…
Care home residents are suffering because they and their families are not told about important parts of their contracts before they sign, an investigation has found. Which? said care homes could be breaking the law by neglecting to inform residents and their families about any part of the contract deemed…
A care home for older people in Dunoon, Argyll, has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Ardnahein Care Home following an inspection which raised serious concerns.The notice lists six areas which require urgent improvement,…
Health inspectors have raised concerns over the "high" number of mental health patients who are being sent to care facilities far away from their homes. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said this could isolate patients from their support network and cut them off from local services that provide care once…
The Care Inspectorate has applied to the courts to close down a care home in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, in order to protect the health and safety of residents. Lawyers representing the regulator sought the urgent closure of Greenlaw Grove Care Home at Hamilton Sheriff Court earlier this week and…
National older person’s charity MHA has announced Sam Monaghan as its new Chief Executive. Monaghan joins MHA from Barnardo’s, where he was Corporate Director Children's Services. Prior to that, he worked at Action for Children and was a practitioner and manager in social services for a number of years. MHA…
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