Care Sector News Review: January 2018

Get up-to-date with the latest care sector news from January 2018, including the new report from Care Quality Commission on residential care home standards.

Welcome to the first Care Sector News Review of 2018.

Each month, we’ll introduce you to some of the key news stories from the care sector, with a focus on care services, medical research and awareness initiatives.

Read on to find out what’s been happening across the care sector in January 2018:

Care services

  • The government has proposed extending the successful ‘Blue Badge’ parking scheme to cover hidden disabilities, including dementia. The proposal – currently undergoing consultation – would create a “lifeline” for many, according to mental health campaigners.
  • Approximately half of England’s care home providers are failing residents across one quarter of their properties or more, a new study from Which? has found. Some providers had as many as two-thirds of their facilities rated as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement ‘ by the Care Quality Commission.
  • Individuals with Alzheimer’s and other serious conditions are being forced to wait up to three years for a decision as to who funds their care, according to The Public Accounts Committee. The report stated that thousands of people had effectively been denied funding they were entitled to.
  • Hospitals experienced a drastic spike in flu cases among older people over New Year. In the week leading up to 31 December, flu cases increased three-fold on the previous week. The non-urgent NHS helpline, 111, also experienced its busiest week on record.

Medical research

Awareness initiatives

Join us again in the last week of February for the next edition of Care Sector News Review.

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