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UK: Older people in care homes abandoned to die amid Government failures during coronavirus pandemic - new report

Key failings included decisions to discharge thousands of untested hospital patients into care homes and imposition of blanket DNARs <br> <br>Care home managers and staff say they were left without guidance, PPE or access to testing. Read more


Care workers in South Yorkshire to be offered pay rise

The majority of care home workers across Barnsley are to be offered a pay rise above the national living wage in recognition of their ‘hard work during the pandemic.’

This outcome is a result of an agreement on fee levels between Barnsley Independent Care Home Association and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) and will see direct care workers receiving a minimum of £1 extra per hour, above the national living wage.

Aditya Jain of Panaceon Healthcare and a founding member of BICHA, said the association had worked closely with the council to bring the plan to fruition.

20 Apr 2021

Court ruling could save care homes charities and universities millions in VAT

A Supreme Court ruling means that organisations like care homes that have used leaseback arrangements will not be subject to retrospective VAT charges and could now save millions of pounds say leading tax and advisory firm, Blick Rothenberg.

Alan Pearce, VAT partner at the firm said: “ This is great news for owners and operators of new relevant residential properties (such as care homes and student accommodation) and certain properties used for a relevant charitable purpose.

20 Apr 2021

Elderly woman, 92, hospitalised after care home incident

A 92-year-old woman is in hospital after allegedly being assaulted by another care home resident in Spilsby.

The incident happened on March 31 at Eresby Hall care home in Spilsby, with a resident taken to hospital ten days later.

The resident who is believed to have carried out the assault is currently waiting to find a different care home, according to the Care Quality Commission.

A spokesperson for the CQC said: “They are currently waiting to move to alternative nursing accommodation that would be better suited to their needs.”

19 Apr 2021

Former boss of Ramsgate care home avoids jail after admitting conning her residents out of more than £17,000

A former care home boss who conned more than £17,000 from vulnerable residents - including a blind grandmother - has avoided jail.

Susan Rule told one elderly guest, John Brown, the cheques he wrote were for his care at Montague House in Ramsgate

But the 50-year-old doctored them in her own name only to then fritter £13,000 worth of his savings.

Rule was handed a suspended sentence at Canterbury Crown Court after she admitted two counts of fraud by abuse of position.

The care home boss of 28 years told her victim to also stump up a £1,000 cash down payment, which she also stole.

19 Apr 2021

Thorrington care home residents enjoy Grand National day

A CARE home hosted its very own horse racing event so would-be racegoers were able to enjoy the excitement just like everybody else.

Residents living at Silversprings, on Tenpenny Hill, Thorrington, enjoyed their very own Ladies Day on Saturday to mark the historic Grand National.

Wearing fittingly extravagant fascinators, they giggled through a prosecco filled afternoon tea and were even paid surprise visit from miniature ponies.

Herbie and Alfie, who were helped to the home from their stable by customer relations manager Lisa O’Sullivan, trotted around the garden bringing joy to residents.

14 Apr 2021

23 residents in one South London care home 'all have South African Covid variant'

Surge testing is currently taking place in two boroughs

There have been 23 cases of the South African variant of Covid-19 discovered in a care home in South London according to reports.

The BBC has reported that 23 cases of the variant found in residents of a care home in South London as yet unnamed.

Long queues have been forming outside test centres in Lambeth and Wandsworth today (April 13) as health officials try to halt the spread of the dangerous variant of the coronavirus with surge testing for residents.

Since the start of the pandemic, deaths in care homes from Covid-19 have made up around a third of the total number of deaths from the virus in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics.

14 Apr 2021
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CHP SURVEY: Should COVID vaccination be mandatory for care home workers?

News that the government is considering making COVID vaccinations mandatory for health and social care workers has sparked fierce debate within the care home sector.

The news, which broke last month, came as around one in five care home workers are yet to receive their first COVID jab. Read more

Four Seasons and NorseCare say COVID vaccination should be optional

Leading care home operators Four Seasons and NorseCare have told CHP that staff COVID vaccinations should remain optional.

The providers’ stance contrasts with leading providers Barchester Healthcare and Care UK who have introduced ‘no jab, no job’ policies.

A Four Seasons spokesperson said: “We fully support the government’s vaccination programme and strongly encourage all team members to take part, if they wish, and the vast majority have already done so. Our strong belief is that the COVID-19 vaccination should remain optional, in line with that for the winter flu. Read more

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