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A "care pension" which would help cover costs for people later in life should be introduced, according to a former pensions minister. Sir Steve Webb, who is now director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London, said a solution is needed which could help people build up protection against the…
A woman who wanted to stop medics giving her 13-year-old autistic son an antipsychotic drug has lost a family court fight. The teenager, who has a severe learning disability, was living in a specialist residential unit and had been placed in the care of council social services bosses, a judge…
Nationwide changes should be made to the way care placements are managed, a report has said, after an inquiry into the "cruel" mistreatment of residents at a care home for autistic adults. Mendip House, near Highbridge, Somerset, was closed in November 2016 after whistleblowers made abuse allegations and the home…
Care providers can now download new guidance from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to help them provide clearer cost information in their contracts for service users. Based on learning from its investigations, the Ombudsman’s guide offers good practice on how to approach Funded Nursing Care (FNC) payments and…
North Yorkshire County Council stopped paying for an elderly woman’s care home after it decided she gave away money to avoid paying the fees, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. Following an investigation, the Ombudsman is now asking the council to reassess the woman’s finances and repay…
A pensioner has died after a fire at a residential care home, thought to have been caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder, the local authority has said. Emergency services were called to reports of a blaze at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage at around 4.30pm on Saturday. Hertfordshire County…
A residential child care worker from Merthyr Tydfil has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers in Wales after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired. Barrie John Gilby was accused of failing to follow a child’s care plan by allowing unsupervised contact between the child…
A fire has engulfed a home for welfare recipients in northern Japan, killing 11 people and injuring three, officials said. Fire department officials said the residents were in their 40s to 80s, although most were elderly. The fire broke out before midnight on Wednesday in Sapporo, the main city on…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has published two new workforce data reports; one on children’s services and the other on adults’ services. The data in these reports supplements data already published in the annual Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2016 Workforce Data (SSSC, September 2017). The reports have…
The Welsh Government has failed to take the action it promised in a number of key areas to drive up the quality of life of older people living in care homes in Wales, according to a new report published today by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. The new report…
A block of retirement flats has become a test bed for internet-connected devices which could help improve the health of older people. Tenants of Leach Court in Kemp Town, Brighton, have volunteered to trial digital technologies including smart medication dispensers, activity monitors, and falls detectors which are carried with them…
Half of England's large care home providers for the elderly have at least one in four failing homes in their network, a study has found. Analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection results showed some of the 54 providers operating at least 12 homes in England had half or more…