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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 42931.html


‘I’ve been wearing the same pyjamas all year’: Plight of care home residents laid bare in damning report.

More than 80 charities urge Jeremy Hunt to fix 'broken' adult social care system after report shows thousands of disabled people struggling without basic care and support as NHS 'picks up the bill.'


The plight of disabled and elderly people has been laid bare in a damning report exposing that care home residents have been left without meals and unwashed for months on end.

In an open letter seen excluisvely by The Independent, more than 80 charities urge Jeremy Hunt to “act now” after the findings revealed one in five care residents had gone without meals and a quarter have gone without basic needs such as washing, getting dressed and going to the toilet.

The survey, carried out by the Care Support Alliance (CSA) with responses from 4,000 adults who have experience of adult social care in England, also found that one in four people needed hospital treated, while one in eight had been delayed leaving hospital because of not being able to get the care they need.

Sixteen per cent of cared-for respondents had had their care packages reduced despite their needs having increased or remained the same, while four in 10 said they felt lonely or isolated.

One respondent said they had not been washed for more than two months and that their pyjamas had not been changed this year. This left them feeling that their care workers don’t have time for cleaning, washing or changing them.

“I haven’t been washed for over two months. My bedroom floor has only been vacuumed once in three years,” said the care home resident. “My sheets have not been changed in about six months, and my pyjamas haven’t been changed this year. My care workers don’t have time for cleaning, washing or changing me.”

Another told researchers they felt they had become a “burden” to their family.

Meanwhile, a carer who responded to the survey said that for a long time they were not aware that they were entitled to any help, adding: “It’s a lottery as to whether social services give you the information you need about what you are entitled to as a carer.”

A cohort of charities, including Age UK and Care England, are now urging the health and social care secretary that, in light of the “appalling failings" exposed in the report, he must use the upcoming social care green paper as his “chance to change things” and fix a “broken system”.

“It is beyond dispute that our adult social care system is now broken and fundamentally unfit for purpose. Today, over a million older and disabled people are struggling every day without the basic care and support they require,” the letter states. “Families and friends are being pushed to breaking point as they are having to step in when care is desperately needed but is not being provided.”

In order to “change things”, it says the government must immediately fill the current £2.5bn funding gap and make the case for a long-term funding settlement.

The findings and the letter come after MPs urged the government to announce and implement a credible solution to address the long-term underfunding of adult social care by the end of 2018, warning that the upcoming green paper risked underestimating the challenges in resolving the crisis.

In a report released earlier this week, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) found little evidence that the existing, lightly regulated private care market was helping to deliver care in an affordable manner.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK and co-chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said: “The experiences of thousands of people in this survey are damning evidence that that our adult social care system is broken and unfit for purpose.

“It is especially worrying to have heard stories from people whose care has been cut, even though their needs have either stayed the same or got worse. And the reality is that care cuts aren’t saving the Government money, the NHS is picking up the bill as people are pushed into ill health and crisis because of a lack of basic help.

“The government must provide funding now, as well as focus on future reforms, as essential steps towards getting our care system back on track.”

Mark Lever, chief executive of the National Autistic Society and co-chair of the CSA, said inadequate care was now a “common problem across the country”, emphasising that it was “those who need care and their families who are paying the highest price”.

“The stories of frustration and heartache we heard are all too common. Regardless of someone’s condition or age people should be getting care so they can live safely and with dignity,” he added.

The government has been approached for comment.


Irony ?

That articles like this one could have been written at anytime in the past ... 20 years ???

What's next ?

Funerals without the former care home resident in the box ?

Quick lime pit job with the care home pocketing the money ?

Nothing would surprise me ...
Getting rid of CQC which doesn't investigate individual concerns but records "trends" to "inform them when they next inspect" would be a really good start.
The old CSCI DID investigate individual concerns. It's much better to nip a problem for one person in the bud, rather than wait until there are lots of people suffering.
I've made a series of complaints about my son's carers, but because they don't provide "personal care" i.e. bum wiping, face washing, there is nothing they can do. I regard client money management as really important!
I've never understood the warning that CQC OFSTED and such like, give warning that they are arriving. Of course management go into panic mode, even though if everything is in order it shouldn't be necessary. I want to hear that they have just walked in and see 1st hand what situations are. Good bad and indifferent.
If I am expecting visitors, my natural instinct is to tidy round. If someone arrives unexpectedly then they have to accept me as they find me. The difference being they can ,or don't come back. Care homes schools hospitals and so on, shouldn't be accepted as found it all is not in good order.
Must be " Tempting " for an inspector to tip off a care home proprietor in exchange for a brown envelope containing notes of the realm ?

What ! This is England ! Such practices do NOT go on ! How dare you insult the integrity of a professional inspector !

Pull the other one ... ???

Over to the Eye ???
"Another told researchers they felt they had become a “burden” to their family."

But they HAVE become a burden. That's the brute reality. And a 'burden' to society as well.

No one can dispute that.

What is open for 'debate' is just how much money 'society' should divert from useful economic activities (you know, funding extravagant five star jollies in Brussels, paying consultants squillions to 'prove' HS2 is desperately needed blah blah blah) to looking after those who can no longer look after themselves, and who don't have the money to pay for their own care.
I suspect, in the end, 'society' will have to come up with some kind of Care Tax, or rather a form of Care National Insurance, which will pay into a fund out of which their 'care costs' will be paid as and when they are needed. It will be the equivalent (or, indeed, the supplementary) form of 'saving' that goes to fund our state pensions.

It could be done in one of two ways. Either like the current NI-into-state-pension scheme (which of course is a BAD one because the government spend the NI money as they collect it, paying out pensions to those whose NI contributions have already been spent paying out the pensions of the previous generation, etc etc etc)(NO CAPITALIST COMPANY WOULD EVER RUN THEIR FINANCES ON THAT IDIOTIC METHOD!).

Or, far preferably, as happens in private pensions, our NI contribs (both for our state pension and our care-costs) would be 'banked' in a ring fenced fund, and then THAT money is paid out in time to THOSE people - ie, everyone 'gets their money back'

Depending on how it's set up, it could be an 'annuity-style' in which the fund pays out per individual, but takes a gamble that the individual will die before the fund is used up, and then the government pockets any surplus left over (this is the BIG problem with all annuity-based pensions - you lose the 'pot' if you die early, but you 'out-spend' the pot if you live too long!)

Far better would be an actual 'pot' which remains as the capital out of which pension/care costs are paid by interest/growth only, and if the person dies - or in the case of the care-cost pot, doesn't actually NEED any care! - then whatever is left in the pot at death can be passed on, tax free, to the person's heirs. (This is what happens anyway in a non-annuity private pension - it's a HUGE incentive to opt for that by the way, that you can leave whatever's in the pot to your children, and it doesn't vanish back to the pension company!)

Because the 'need for care' in old age is less certain than actually reaching old age in the first place (given current demographics) it would be essential for the NI-funded care costs pot to be heritable by our children, as we may not ever need to draw on it.

However, it will, of course, take an entire generation, if not two, to create that Care Cost fund for each of us (or rather, our children, since most of us here are middle aged already).

So the time to start is NOW.

(And if, say, medical science improves so much that we all get to live into HEALTHY old age, then maybe that care cost pot should be made available to each of us on our 99th birthday, to blow as we wish!)

(Sadly, from the government's point of view, they'd probably rather have a care-cost NI system that is like the current state pension system, as, given the current stats on obesity, not many of the 'obese generation' are likely to survive into old age, so the government won't have too many of them to fork out care for!)(but those who DO survive will, of course, need HUGE obesity-related-morbidity care needs.....)
As a matter of general enquiry, I wonder how many of those in each 'old decade' (ie, 70-80, 80-90, 90-100) actually NEED care provided of ANY kind?

And then how much care?

With my MIL, she needed not a single tiny weeny bit of 'care' until she was 89. She was COMPLETELY care-free, lived TOTALLY independently.

Then she got dementia. The last four years she has been COMPLETELY 'helpless' and needed 24x7 care.
Pet66 wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 7:16 am
I've never understood the warning that CQC OFSTED and such like, give warning that they are arriving. Of course management go into panic mode, even though if everything is in order it shouldn't be necessary. I want to hear that they have just walked in and see 1st hand what situations are. Good bad and indifferent.
If I am expecting visitors, my natural instinct is to tidy round. If someone arrives unexpectedly then they have to accept me as they find me. The difference being they can ,or don't come back. Care homes schools hospitals and so on, shouldn't be accepted as found it all is not in good order.
The CQC do not give a warning to care homes that they are visiting.

Having said that an inspection is carried out regularly and so a home will know when their time is looming.
They do at my husband's home. The manager writes it on her whiteboard, and explains to us that we are able to speak in private to them if we wish. My daughter is a teaching assistant, and her school are frantic when OFSTED make the appointment.
Direct link to the CQC site and inspections :


http://www.cqc.org.uk/what-we-do/how-we ... inspection


Ah ! Another link to their " Comprehensive " inspections ... this one DOES make interesting reading :


http://www.cqc.org.uk/what-we-do/how-we ... nspections


When searching for CQC INSPECTIONS , a number of other links were thrown up.

Several offering :
CQC Mock Inspection Preparation Toolkits.

.... for any care home proprietor willing to shell out a few notes.

Double bubble for a tip off in advance ?

Someone somewhere needs to have a rethink of these procedures ... assuming , of course , my posting on suspected brown envelopes was a red herring ... or a prized catch ?

" Perhaps a case of several prized catches to be taken into account ... your Honour ? "

Heaven forbid ... " How many for a verdict of not gulity ? " ... stretching a little too far ?

Perhaps not if both are in the same lodge ?