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Care Homes : Providers / Agencies : Sector News / Closures / Scandals / Police Investigations - Page 13 - Carers UK Forum

Care Homes : Providers / Agencies : Sector News / Closures / Scandals / Police Investigations

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Care home workers who STONED dementia sufferers with gravel and mocked them while filming their distressed reactions are each jailed for 20 weeks.

Care workers Abana Arshad and Amy Greenhalgh are jailed for 20 weeks each.

They mocked dementia sufferers and three stones at them in " Happy slap " pranks.

Seven patients were targeted at a care home in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The pair were convicted of ill-treating a person without mental capacity.

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In a statement Craig Gardner, whose 67-year old father Jack was one of the victims said he and his sister had to sell their parent's house to pay for the £1,000 a week care fees for Jack and their mother who has Alzheimers and who lives in a different nursing home.

Mr Gardner, 43, said: 'Other staff at the care home have been nothing short of brilliant in caring for our dad and other residents but it's been utterly horrifying for us to find out it has been taken away from us by the very people who should have been caring for him.

'He has been truly let down and whilst the nature of his illness likely means he will forget, we will not.
" Very distressing " : Dementia sufferer moved three times as hundreds of care beds lost.

A family's anguish at moving their vulnerable mother three times in four months has laid bare the grim reality of care home closures.



Norfolk and Waveney lost 227 beds last year with the closure of nine care services, leaving some rural areas without a nursing home for dozens of miles.

With the number of over 75s to grow by 35,000 in the next ten years, Norfolk County Council has pledged to provide thousands of more homes.

But recent closures have raised questions about what the future of care in the county will look like.

Jon Nobbs, 68, and his sister Susan Nobbs, 66, had to move their mother Doreen Wakefield to four different care homes between August and December last year.

She had been a resident at Mead Lodge in Buxton before its sudden closure in August.

The 86-year old moved to Cawston Lodge before it closed in November, just six months after it opened.

Mr Nobbs, from Wymondham, said the family were only given two days to move her to another care home and she was placed in St Mary's Care Home in Crostwick at short notice.

But she had to be moved once more as the care home was not suitable for her needs.

Mr Nobbs said: "We had so little time to research, St Mary's agreed to take mum but she was a bit too much for them to handle.

"It was very distressing."

He said that while the carers at both Mead Lodge and Cawston Lodge took care of his mother well, his biggest complaint was being given little notice of the homes closing down.

"It has affected mum's condition," he said. "She got used to the staff, but then she had to get used to more people every time she moved."

While care homes seek to provide round-the-clock care, some families are opting for carers to visit their loved ones in the comfort of their own homes.

Domiciliary care is becoming more popular, said field care supervisor Charlotte Dorman, of Norwich-based live-in care provider Better Healthcare Services.

"A lot of people want to keep their independence," she said. "Some people find it difficult to let go of their homes where they have memories and family.

"With end of life care people would rather have their last days at home."

She said carers at Better Healthcare Services, which received a good rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), supported clients with day-to-day activities such as personal care, food preparation and hospital appointments.

A benefit to this type of care, she said, is that carers would spend time with clients to help them feel less isolated.

Ms Dorman said: "With social services, carers are allocated a certain amount of time and some people might want them to stay a bit longer.

"I have had some of our carers stay an extra couple of hours with clients with dementia."

Last year saw progress in bringing back a disused care home back into use to help cope with rise in dementia cases.

Mountfield Care Home, in Millcroft, north Norwich, is due to re-open nearly four years after it closed for a £2.7m revamp.

More than 100 people from Mountfield, as well as Norwich care homes Heathfield, Somerley and Philadelphia House, moved into the 80-bed specialist dementia care home and 92-apartment housing with care scheme.

But Steve Dorrington, owner of Norfolk care provider Dorrington House, said there were more care homes closing down and being sold off than being built as it was more "financially viable" for property owners.

"Some of these owners are reaching retirement age, and some of these older properties don't meet the requirements of increasingly complex health needs," he said.

Hilary MacDonald, chief executive at Age UK Norfolk, said care home closures can be extremely upsetting for families, especially in rural areas where care homes can be many miles apart.

She said: "We know of one couple who had been married for 65 years and were at risk of being moved to separate care homes after their care home closed, which was understandably distressing."

Closed care homes

Eight care services rated inadequate cancelled their registration with CQC in 2019 and no longer run as care homes, while one service rated as 'requires improvement' also closed.

They were :

- Mead Lodge, Crown Road, Buxton

- Cawston Lodge, Paul Engelhard Way, Cawston

- Felmingham Old Rectory, Aylsham Road, Felmingham

- Seahorses Nursing Home, Park Road, Gorleston

- Northgate House, Links Avenue, Hellesdon

- Clarence Lodge, Clarence Road, Gorleston

- Highfield Residential Care Home, St Mary's Road, Cromer

- Austhorpe House Nursing Home, Norwich Road, Forncett St Peter

- The Lodge, Acle New Road, Great Yarmouth

The total number of beds lost from the closures is 227, with the majority - around 18pc - coming from Felmingham Old Rectory which had 41 beds.

More care homes coming

Norfolk County Council spends £280m a year on adult social care services.

But a council report last year raised concerns about a shortage of nursing homes in large rural areas where the population of over 75s are the highest.

There are no nursing homes in one area which is 470 miles square between north and mid Norfolk.

A county council spokesman said care home providers are encouraged to seek help before reaching crisis point.

He said: "It is only where care providers fail to evidence the ability to make necessary improvements that the council considers terminating our contract with them."

To meet future demand, the council said it will provide 3,000 extra homes by 2028 as part of a £29m investment.

The first of these housing developments is being built in Fakenham, which will provide 66 apartments for people needing occassional care, due to finish in January 2021.
Elderly face uncertainty as care home group Four Seasons transfers another 58 properties to new operators

Former pensions minister Baroness Altmann has raised concerns the Care Quality Commission, which regulates care home providers, has insufficient powers to judge whether these new operators have the financial firepower to run the homes.

She said: 'Every time you pass on ownership to a new party it increases the risk to elderly residents.'


Rachel Harrison, national officer for the GMB union, said: 'This is yet another care catastrophe on this Government's watch.'

The group's chairman Allan Hayward said: 'Our top priority is to maintain continuity of care for our residents and patients by minimising the impact on them, their families and our colleagues.'

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Plenty out there of a most unsavory nature ... not the forum !!!

This one is of interest :

England care providers say 10% council fee rise is ‘too little, too late’

Groups react with ‘disbelief’ to offer of temporary higher rate to cope with coronavirus pandemic

Care providers struggling to maintain services during the coronavirus crisis have reacted angrily to an offer by English council chiefs of a temporary increase of 10% in the fees they pay the care homes, to cover their additional costs.

Councils have been given an emergency £1.6bn by the government for extra spending prompted by the crisis. They say that while a “substantial part” of the fund was always destined for social care, they face other exceptional costs and cannot immediately commit to a fee increase beyond the end of this month.

In a joint letter to care provider groups, which has been seen by the Guardian, the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) say: “It is suggested that any temporary increase could be initially for one month with effect from 1 April 2020 with an expectation that it would be extended further if significant staffing issues persist.”

The letter has infuriated care sector leaders, who had expected a pledge of bigger and more sustained support to help them cope with the crisis.

Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, which represents larger care home chains, said: “Our own findings make it clear that a 10% increase will not be sufficient. There is a real danger that this is too little, too late, and there simply isn’t time to go cap in hand in weeks and months to come.”

The National Care Forum, which represents not-for-profit providers, described its reaction as one of “dismay and disbelief”.

Vic Rayner, the forum’s chief executive, said: “Local government runs the risk of pushing care providers into substantial failure and collapse by not stepping up to the mark at this time of national need.”

The letter from the LGA and Adass sets out a framework for councils to negotiate local terms with providers they contract with for care homes and homecare. It acknowledges that costs have risen because of the need to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers, to cover for higher sickness absence and to increase staffing levels because of the greater level of dependence of people being cared for.

It says that an initial review of evidence suggests that costs are likely to rise by 10% this month, but that some services – for example, support for people with a learning disability – “may be differently affected and may need a differing local solution”.
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The letter says: “There are many calls on the government grant of £1.6bn and whilst it was expected that a substantial part of it would be needed for adult social care, it would not be possible to sustain substantial temporary increases in funding to providers over a number of months without additional government resources.”

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