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Four Seasons, Britain's second biggest care homes operator, has put forward proposals for a partial debt for equity swap as part of a major restructure aimed at putting the group on a secure financial footing. The company, owned by City financier Guy Hands's private equity vehicle Terra Firma, is in…
More than a third of social care services across Scotland have reported unfilled staff vacancies in the past year, according to the Care Inspectorate, and almost half of those faced difficulty recruiting the right staff. Currently over 80% of care services in Scotland are judged to be good, very good…
Mental health workers are spending "precious clinical time" helping patients deal with wider problems such as filling in benefits forms or calling energy providers, finance champion Martin Lewis has said. The Money and Mental Health Institute, founded by Mr Lewis (pictured), said mental health workers are being forced to deal…
Women's refuges across the country have had their budgets cut by nearly a quarter in the last seven years, according to new figures. Budgets have been slashed despite the number of domestic violence cases reported to police increasing by a third in the same period. An investigation by the Bureau…
A shortage of care home beds is seeing undue and unfair pressure put on people to take relatives discharged from hospital despite being unable to cope, ministers have been told. Peers at Westminster heard of the plight of a frail 87-year-old woman who was "induced" to accept at home her…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is being urged to intervene after a care provider announce plans to close nursing homes across Scotland. The trade union Unison said the decision by Bield Housing would see more than 160 residents, including some aged 90 and above, forced to leave their homes. The union…
A cap on care home costs would remove the "catastrophic risk facing us all", the economist who carried out a landmark review of the issue has said. Sir Andrew Dilnot said people currently face a "later life care cost lottery" as he urged ministers to reform state support. His comments…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has mapped out a specific set of knowledge and skills for social work with older people, and a pathway for social workers to develop these skills to ensure older people are receiving the best service possible. Launched at the National Children and Adult…
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