Care home news
Older people are more fearful of developing dementia than they are of cancer, a new poll suggests.
A senior nurse at a nursing home where a frail elderly woman died following a medication mix-up has been given a formal warning.
Care home staff should place residents at the heart of decisions about their medication and support them to administer it themselves where possible, according to new draft quality standards from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
The Care Quality Commission has heavily criticised “unacceptable” differences in the standard of dementia care provision found across hospitals and care homes in England.
District nurses, GPs and social workers will need support in identifying patients that are vulnerable to cold-related illness and death this winter and making changes to care plans, Public Health England has advised local NHS organisations.
Pay and working conditions in care homes should be assessed as part of an extended remit of regulators in the sector, according to a critical report by a charity that looks at the “crisis” in UK care homes for older people.
A survey of care home staff has found the majority would support the use of controversial surveillance cameras to help stamp out abuse and bad practice.
A hospital on the South coast is to tell overstaying patients fit enough to go home they will have seven days to leave or face possible legal action, amid fears of bed-blocking.
An unregistered nurse is reported to have worked as a deputy manager at a Scottish care home, which was the focus of an investigation in 2012.
A new framework is aiming to assure NHS staff about standards in care homes, and bring the two sectors closer together.