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A new large-scale clinical trial is testing the effectiveness of NHS home assessment strategies in preventing elderly people from falling unnecessarily Falling in elderly people is a common problem, with almost 50% of those over the age of 80 experiencing a fall each year. People fall for a variety of…
If you only entrust your boiler to be serviced by a regulated qualified gas engineer, would you prefer to leave the intimate care of your father, daughter or partner to a well-qualified regulated carer? Social Care Wales is currently consulting on our plans to regulate domiciliary care workers in Wales.…
A project aimed at tackling malnutrition among older people in Scotland has received a £1.2 million funding boost. The Food Train charity's Eat Well, Age Well scheme plans to create a network to test ways of helping older people eat well and avoid malnutrition which affects one in 10 of…
Nine in 10 Members of Parliament do not believe the social care system is fit for purpose, a new poll suggests. A survey of 101 English MPs found that only 10% believe the current social care system is suitable for the UK's ageing population. The research, carried out by older…
The cost of free personal and nursing care for elderly Scots reached a record high of almost £500 million in 2015-16, a new report has revealed. Councils spent £371 million on personal care for those who receive help to allow them to continue living at home while a further £127…
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…
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