Care home news
A nursing home in Northern Ireland has been fined £15,000 for not looking after sensitive staff and patient records contained on a laptop that was stolen during a house burglary.
Care homes and domiciliary care firms in Wales are being hit by the “triple whammy” of chronic underfunding, issues surrounding staff pay increases and a rise in the number of elderly people.
Two nurses have been appointed to two newly-created senior roles by care provider Morris Care, which it said underpinned its strategy to lead the way in clinical excellence within the sector.
A combination of virtual reality and treadmill training could help prevent falls in older adults, according to researchers.
A new primary care service that will offer care 12 hours a day, 365 days a year, is being launched for nursing homes residents across the West London borough of Ealing.
Staffing shortages, a lack of training for employees, problems with administering and managing medicines and an over-reliance on district nursing teams were among the issues identified in the latest round of care home inspections by regulators.
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A trust in Devon has become the first NHS provider to enter the home care market, potentially allowing it greater control of standards for patients and staff.
Renewed calls to address the “serious funding gap” in social care have been made after a survey of directors of adult social services in England revealed their ability to charge higher council taxes will not be enough to cover the new national living wage.
Nursing home managers have been quizzed by inspectors about care assistants administering medication even though this is perfectly legal, according to those behind new guidance designed to clear up confusion.
There may be early signs of a recovery in nurse recruitment in the care sector though turnover rates still remain high, a major survey of providers has suggested.