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New ways of offering people more choice and control over their social care can make a real difference but further work is needed to ensure everyone can benefit, says a report. Since 2014 councils have been responsible for implementing Self-directed Support (SDS), which offers people more choices around their support…
Over the last year, the number of local Healthwatch citing improvements to home care services as a priority for their community has doubled. Our new report explains what people have told Healthwatch about their experience of home care. Across England there are more than 5,500 home care providers, collectively helping…
More people should be benefiting from a planned transformation of social care, a new report has said. The review found "no evidence" of the radical change needed to fully implement a ten-year strategy for self-directed support (SDS). The policy, drawn up by the Scottish Government and council body Cosla in…
People who receive care at home have described going two weeks without a shower, getting their evening meal at 3.30pm and receiving care from workers who are "unable to boil an egg" in a new report. Staff coming at different times and even missing appointments have also been highlighted in…
More than three-quarters of unpaid carers in Scotland feel lonely or socially isolated, a new survey has found. A total of 83% said they feel that way due to the pressures of caring for loved ones. Carers who report feeling lonely are almost twice as likely to have worse mental…
Four in five unpaid carers feel lonely or isolated, a new poll suggests. A survey of more than 7,000 carers across the UK found that 81% have felt lonely or socially isolated as a result of their caring role, according to a new report from the charity Carers UK. This…
Families who pay for overnight care for loved ones with a learning disability could be forced to find tens of thousands of pounds in back pay for carers, a charity has said. A change in guidance on pay for carers who provide so-called "sleep-in" care could leave some families liable…
Breaking a bone can make everyday activities particularly tricky. Especially when it’s your dominant arm and you live alone. Just ask Mrs Bennet who badly broke her right arm last year. But thanks to a close group of good friends and a little help from British Red Cross volunteer Janet…
Occupational therapists are calling for an end to a "high volume, low cost" approach to social care, which they say leaves many older people missing out on vital services. A new report from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists said providing the right care initially can prevent the need for…
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have presented the latest findings from their inspection programme of adult social care. 'The State Of Adult Social Care Services 2014 to 2017' is the first time such focused analysis on a national scale has been possible, following the introduction of a new regulatory regime…
One in four social care services are failing on safety, the care regulator has said. Analysis by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 23% of care homes, nursing homes and home care services require improvement on safety while a further 2% are inadequate. Almost 20,000 people are cared for…
Personal assistance relationships are usually empowering and flexible for both employer and workers, but can become emotionally fraught and even wounded, according to a report launched today. Findings of the study into the diversity and complexity of relationships between disabled people and personal assistants will be presented in London today,…
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