STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Disabled pensioner trapped in her home

Wheelchair user Doreen Graham, 85, hasn’t left her flat in Lambeth, South West London, because the housing association that owns the block she lives in hasn’t provided a ramp to allow her to navigate steps.

Her daughter Laura Graham who lives with her mum describes the steps at the entrance to the building as ‘their very own Everest’. After 5 live Investigates made contact with Metropolitan Housing Association they have vowed to make the case a priority.

This clip was originally taken from 5 live Investigates on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04fz3c4

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They’re not bed blockers, just older people who want to get home

The NHS is faced with a rising tide of demand for care combined with a tight rein on both NHS and social care finances. The impact of these pressures is seen across the health and care system. It manifests itself obviously in delayed transfers out of hospitals.

Year on year these delays are rising, with more people staying in hospital when they don’t need to be there. It has an impact on the care of some of the frailest and most vulnerable people and is the subject of continued attention from the media, healthcare regulators and politicians. When media and commentators discuss this issue it’s only a matter of time before a certain horrible term is used – “bed blocker”.

The phrase “blocked bed” originated in the UK in the late 50s, driven by hospital clinicians’ concerns about a lack of beds. Its use grew between 1961 and 1967, when the elderly population increased by 14% while bed numbers remained static. In 1986 “bed blocking” made its first appearance in a British Medical Journal headline. Although it was not accepted as a medical term, by the 90s it was being widely used by health economists as a marker of inefficiency.

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ITV Tonight is making a programme about the financial abuse of the elderly

Can anyone help? Please email: elaine.carlton@itv.com or phone 0207 157 4365

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Horrifying Photos Show What Nursing Staff’s Alleged Neglect Did To Elderly Woman’s Body

Warning: Some of the following photos are disturbing

What this woman found out about the care her mom was receiving at a nursing home prompted her to take unusual action and may serve as a cautionary tale for anyone considering putting their parents or grandparents in such a facility.

Anahita Behrooz says she was with her mother nearly every day. She and her kids would take turns loving on her “mum” who “bed bound”. When her mother developed a uterine tract infection, she was sent to the hospital. But then national health doctors sent her to a nursing home. It proved to be a huge mistake.

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Horrifying Photos Show What Nursing Staff’s Alleged Neglect Did To Elderly Woman’s Body

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87 years old and unwashed for days, left alone and in the dark – this is Britain’s care crisis.

Edith James’ son was worried about the treatment she was receiving from her carers – so he let Dispatches secretly film for three days.

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David Cameron ‘must take bold action to tackle NHS and social care pressures’

Leading charities have called on David Cameron to take “bold” action to tackle the growing pressures on health and social care, warning that vulnerable elderly and disabled people will “bear the brunt” if he fails.

A letter backed by nearly 40 organisations, including older people’s charity Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie, urges the Prime Minister to set up an independent commission to review the system. It warns there is ” no room for complacency” and points to official figures that suggest nearly a quarter of the population will be over the age of 65 in just over 20 years’ time.

The letter states: “We need to ensure we have an NHS and social care system that is fit for purpose otherwise it is the elderly, disabled people and their carers who will bear the brunt of inaction. ” Bold long term thinking is required about the size, shape and scope of services we want the NHS and social care to provide – and an honest debate about how much as a society we are prepared to pay for them. “It is vital that you meet the challenge posed by an ageing society, and an underfunded care system, head on and establish a cross-party commission to review the future of health and social care in England.”

It comes after former health minister Norman Lamb warned some experts believe there will be a £30 billion “gap” in NHS funding by 2020 despite the Government already committing extra cash.

 

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3391237/David-Cameron-bold-action-tackle-NHS-social-care-pressures.html

Prime Minister David Cameron has been warned about the pressures facing the NHS

Prime Minister David Cameron has been warned about the pressures facing the NHS

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Elderly and social care in the NHS: share your experiences

Whether you live alone or in a care home the Guardian would like to hear about your experiences of the NHS care and support services you’ve received

With news that a training scheme to address the shortage of nurses in care homes has been scrapped the social care sector, and the services that provide for the elderly in particular, is facing a crisis that could affect those in need.

Whether you live at home alone and are provided with practical support, live in sheltered accommodation or a residential or nursing home we’d like to hear from you.

We’d also like to hear how you combat loneliness. Perhaps you have someone to help with your shopping or someone who visits you to keep you company. Whatever kind of social care you receive from the NHS, share your stories with us.

Do you care for older parents or relatives? If so we’d like to hear from you too. Do they live with you in a home adapted to their needs? If they’re in a care home what is it like for both you and your relative? If you’re a carer for a relative and you have applied for respite care what was your experience like? Do you feel supported by the NHS? Share your experiences with us and we’ll feature some of your stories on the site.

Click on the link to fill out the form

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/19/elderly-and-social-care-in-the-nhs-share-your-experiences

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Pensioners to be charged £26 ‘falling fee’ to be helped back to their feet by local council

A district council said it would introduce the fee on top of the existing cost of a subscription to its service for elderly people who require home care

Pensioners who need help being helped back to their feet after a fall at home will be charged £26 by their local council. Tendring District Council said it would introduce the fee as part of its Careline service for elderly people who require home care.

An elderly rights campaign group has described the charge as “shocking” and equivalent to a ‘falling fine’. The £25.92 annual charge means a carer will come to pick an elderly resident up after a fall. If it is not paid, in addition to the existing £21.60-a-month Careline fee, then an ambulance would need to be called.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pensioners-charged-26-falling-fee-7033931

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Biggest NHS ‘market’ deal to date collapses – what now?

A highly controversial new style of contract for nearly a billion pounds worth of older people’s healthcare in the East of England has collapsed – but will anyone learn the right lessons? 

One of the largest NHS ‘market’ contracts to date collapsed this month. The£800million (originally £1 billion) deal to provide NHS care for older people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough failed after only 8 months, deemed “financially unsustainable”.

So what does this mean for the future of health care in the region? And for the government’s preferred – and expensive – approach to offering up NHS contracts? Back in 2013 Cambridgeshire NHS bosses created the largest potential privatisation to date. They claimed that only by offering all older people’s healthcare to private sector bidders, could they deliver the ‘innovative’ services needed, ‘joined up’ with social care.

The controversial contract – delivered through the largely untested model of ‘outcome based contracting’ – included bold promises to reduce nearby hospital admissions by 20%.

As private firms like Virgin, Care UK and UnitedHealth submitted bids, a huge public backlash followed – including a successful legal challenge by local campaigners to find out more detail on the plans. Several private bidders including Capita, Circle, Serco and Interserve pulled out, citing ‘affordability concerns’.

A new NHS ‘Uniting Care Partnership’ (the local acute and mental health trusts) eventually took over, after a bidding process that cost the CCG over a million pounds (and cost the NHS hospitals that had to fight off the private health firms, considerably more). Predictably perhaps, the ‘Partnership’ has now found they couldn’t deliver the promised outcomes for the money on offer, either.

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https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/caroline-molloy/biggest-nhs-market-deal-to-date-collapses

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Older People Needing Care Face ‘Bleak Future’

Around 1.86 million people over 50 in England already have unmet care needs – an increase of 7% since the financial crash in 2008

Older people needing care are facing a “bleak future” because of a lack of funding, a think tank has warned. In his Spending Review last month, Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to council tax that he said would lead to a rise in care budgets. But the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) has said this would only “paper over the cracks” and is not enough to meet the needs of a growing older population.

It said around 1.86 million people over the age of 50 in England had unmet care needs – an increase of 7% since the financial crash in 2008. It also said the number of people over 80 had risen by 800,000 in the last decade, and that there were already around 1.5 million people providing over 50 hours a week of unpaid care – often a person’s family.

The Government said local authorities would have access to an extra £3.5bn for adult social care through the 2% council tax hike announced in the Spending Review. However, ILC-UK said it was “highly unlikely” this sum would be raised, and even if it was it would only mean care spending returns to 2015 levels by the end of the Parliament in 2020.

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http://news.sky.com/story/1604649/older-people-needing-care-face-bleak-future

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Michael Parkinson warns that visiting some care homes dealing with dementia patients is ‘like going back to Victorian times’

  • Veteran broadcaster’s mother died with dementia at the age of 96
  • He has now warned others about conditions in some care homes
  • Sir Michael says people caring for relatives not to be afraid to complain

Sir Michael Parkinson has urged those looking after people with dementia to check care homes very carefully. He has likened the ‘appalling standards’ he saw after his own mother’s battle with dementia as ‘like going back to the Victorian times and bedlam.’ The veteran broadcaster and former chat show host has urged people caring for relatives with dementia not to be afraid to ask difficult questions or complain if they are worried about the standard of care their loved ones are receiving.

He said: ‘You should be very careful – if you can be and you have a choice – about where you send them. And keep your eye out and don’t be frightened of complaining. Ask what’s happening, what’s going on, because sometimes the care is not sufficient, I have to say.’  Sir Michael’s mother Freda Rose died with dementia at the age of 96 after battling the condition for several years. He has spoken movingly about the pain of watching his ‘sharp and articulate’ mother become ‘a total stranger.’ He said that Freda, who was cared for in several homes of varying standards while she was ill, hated being patronised or shouted at despite not being deaf.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3328025/Michael-Parkinson-s-warning-Victorian-dementia-care-homes.html

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Oxfordshire health watchdog reports ‘shocking cases’ dignity care report

“Shocking” cases of patients not being treated with dignity in care have been uncovered by a health watchdog.

Healthwatch Oxfordshire also highlights staff fears that “workforce pressures” are making it harder for them to deliver acceptable levels of care. Its report, written with Age UK, was based on 161 patients and 57 staff completing questionnaires, as well as six focus groups and 10 case studies. The majority of patients were still treated with dignity, the report added. Patients with communication difficulties and dementia were particularly unhappy with their care.

One patient, who had suffered a stroke, said she was left for hours in her own excrement. She said: “I was sedated and my health needs were neglected.” Another described finding her mother-in-law, who has Alzheimer’s, “soaked, dirty” and ignored by nurses.

Their report said that, in a small number of cases, their experiences were “shocking”.

‘Much can be improved’

A woman who suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, a condition which causes severe facial pain, said that while she was normally treated with respect, on one occasion she was called “unclean” by a staff member when she was in too much pain to wash. Healthwatch also found people were often reluctant to complain and did not always feel properly involved in decisions about their care. But 93% of patients who responded said they had been treated with dignity or respect “some of the time”, “most of the time” or “always”.

While patients were receiving “a high level of dignity in their care”, Healthwatch chief executive Rachel Coney said there was “still much that can be improved about how people are treated”. The report, written in partnership with charity Age UK, said the county’s care organisations have made commitments to improve. These include drawing up formal dignity standards, reviewing staff training, and involving patients more in decision making.

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UK end-of-life care ‘best in world’ Get in touch with the BBC to air your views

Now’s your chance to air your views….From the BBC… Has a family member or a friend of yours experienced end-of-life care in the UK? Let us know about their experiences. Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.
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The study of 80 countries said thanks to the NHS and hospice movement the care provided was “second to none”. Rich nations tended to perform the best – with Australia and New Zealand ranked second and third respectively. But the report by the Economist Intelligence Unit praised progress made in some of the poorest countries. For example. Mongolia – ranked 28th – has invested in hospice facilities, while Uganda – 35th – has managed to improve access to pain control through a public-private partnership.

The rankings were worked out following assessments for the quality of the hospitals and hospice environments, staffing numbers and skills, affordability of care and quality of care. Just 34 out of 80 countries provided what could be classed as good end-of-life care – and these accounted for just 15% of the adult population.

The report said the quality of end-of-life care was becoming increasingly important with the ageing population, meaning people were increasingly facing “drawn-out” deaths. The UK received top marks for affordability – as would be expected for a service that is provided free at the point of need – but also got a perfect score for quality of care.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34415362

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Shocking footage shows care home abuse

Shocking footage has emerged of the mistreatment of an elderly woman at a care home in Birmingham after her daughters became suspicious of staff and installed a hidden camera.

The video led to a police investigation and resulted in two staff members being sacked.

Dr John Beer from Action against Elder Abuse – a charity that looks after the rights of older people – joined us.

Warning: Some viewers may find the vision distressing. Good Morning Britain

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http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/news/shocking-footage-shows-care-home-abuse

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Care of vulnerable people ‘put in danger’

The dignity, heath and wellbeing of older people and those with disabilities in England are in danger, health and care groups warn.

In a joint submission to the Treasury ahead of November’s Spending Review, 20 organisations said the care sector was facing a “deepening crisis”. They have called for funding to councils to be protected, as is happening with the NHS. Ministers said investment in health would also benefit the care sector.

The government pointed out that plans were being put in place to ensure greater joint working between the two sectors that would relieve some of the pressures. However, the signatories of the submission, who include leaders of councils, the NHS, care providers and charities, said that they still feared for the future.

The document said that the market was “fragile” with councils forced to freeze fees and providers exiting the sector. The submission said this was driving up prices for those who fund themselves and leading to fewer people getting state-funded support. While the government has pledged an extra £8bn a year for the NHS by 2020, social care has received no such assurances.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34310729?SThisFB

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Revealed: Shocking NHS postcode lottery for elderly care

An NHS ‘atlas’ reveals the full extent of the postcode lottery in healthcare, with wide variations in the chance of being diagnosed with cancer early, or receiving emergency care which could have been avoided

Elderly people in some parts of the country are nine times more likely than in others to be admitted to hospital as emergency cases – for lack of the right care in their local communities. Charities said the new official figures are a “troubling” insight into a growing crisis in care of the elderly, with hundreds of thousands of pensioners being admitted to hospitals via casualty in cases which could have been avoided with the right help earlier.

The statistics also reveal a three-fold difference in the chance of cancer sufferers being diagnosed early enough to have a good chance of successful treatment, depending where they live. The figures, published by Public Health England, are among more than 100 measures assessed today in an “NHS atlas” exposing enormous variations in NHS care. They also show major disparities in dementia care, the chance of receiving stroke treatment quickly, or receiving treatment at all for a host of common health complaints such as cataracts.

Over 75s living in Canterbury were the most likely to be admitted to hospital as an emergency for a stay of less than 24 hours, with 11,000 cases per 100,000 population.

Click on the link to read more and view the NHS Atlas

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/elder/11872521/Revealed-Shocking-NHS-postcode-lottery-for-elderly-care.html

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You must not call residents sweetie or darling, care home staff told because they are ‘patronising and demeaning’

  • Workers have been reprimanded for calling residents affectionate names
  • Staff hit back at the ticking off, saying the residents like the informal terms
  • But officials from Care Quality Commission have insisted terms aren’t used

Care home workers have been reprimanded for calling residents affectionate names such as sweetie, love, darling and handsome. Critical inspectors told them the terms were ‘patronising and demeaning’ to the dozen adults with learning difficulties. Staff also use family nicknames for some, such as Parsnip. They hit back at the ticking off, saying that the residents like the informal terms, especially those who have no relatives to visit them.

However, officials from the Care Quality Commission have insisted: ‘The language was meant to be friendly but it could be regarded as demeaning and patronising.’ They highlighted other failings at Brackenley Residential Care Home in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, marking it as ‘requiring improvement’. The privately run home has pledged to make changes but declared that it would continue to call residents by the familiar and affectionate names.

Stephanie Kirkman Meikle, chief executive of Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre, which runs the home, said: ‘It did surprise us when they picked up this thing about terms of endearment.  If you have a learning difficulty and you are given a term of endearment, then it is nice to know you are loved, particularly if you have no other family. ‘Some residents have their own terms of endearment that they asked to be called. One likes to be known as Parsnip because that’s what she is known as in her family, so that’s what we call her. ‘We always discuss these things with residents and it is in their care plans, we would never call someone something they don’t want.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3233219/You-not-call-residents-sweetie-darling-care-home-staff-told-patronising-demeaning.html

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MPs set to vote on ‘right to die’ for first time in 20 years

Controversial ‘right to die’ laws are to be debated in parliament today for the first time in almost 20 years. Labour MP Rob Marris will introduce the Assisted Dying Bill after coming top of the Private Members’ Bill ballot following the general election.

The legislation, which passed an initial vote in the House of Lords last year but failed to become law, is a first key question of conscience for the new House of Commons. Mr Marris said his Bill was about offering people “choice and dignity”.

In a blog post ahead of the debate, the Wolverhampton South West MP said: “With appropriate, strong safeguards, terminally ill adults of sound mind should be legally allowed to choose to have assistance to end their own lives.”

“I value life, and I do understand that some people believe very deeply that ending one’s own life is always wrong. Nevertheless, the depth and sincerity of their belief should not mean that they deny choice to those of us who do not share their beliefs”. ROB MARRIS MP

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http://www.itv.com/news/2015-09-11/mps-set-to-vote-on-right-to-die-for-first-time-in-20-years/?

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Hospital patients far more likely to die if sent home at weekend – Alarming’ findings

‘Alarming’ findings from the first major study to examine differences in hospital discharge times shows patients are far more likely to die after being sent home at weekends

Hospital patients are up to a third more likely to die if they are sent home from hospital at weekends, the first major research into discharge times has revealed. The 13 year study of one million hospital patients shows far higher mortality rates among those who are discharged on Saturdays and Sundays – especially for the elderly.

Experts said patients are being put at risk from a lack of senior doctors involved in discharge decisions, gaps in key hospital services, and the failure of GP, community and social care services to look after patients sent home at weekends. Charities said the findings were “alarming” and showed an urgent need to increase levels of care at weekends. The research comes as doctors unions agreed on Thursday night to reopen negotiations on the contract for consultants, in order to increase levels of weekend cover, or see them imposed.

The British Medical Association (BMA) had been given a deadline of the end of Friday to agree changes to future consultants’ contracts, to lose the right to opt out of non-emergency work or see a new deal forced upon them by the Government.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11856761/Hospital-patients-far-more-likely-to-die-if-sent-home-at-weekend.html

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Visit “Your Voice Matters” Whistleblower Section to find out the story behind this amazing song

My name is Adeline Dalley, I was once a Senior Carer who specialised in Palliative Care, I loved my job more than anything.  After one day turning whistle blower to protect the war Hero, Sir Douglas Baders Wife all would swiftly change. So what did I do next?

 Write my book – Behind Those Care Home Doors

 Co-write the song on here called Behind Closed Doors

 Why – Because the neglect/ abuse and corrupt behaviours at the expense of our vulnerable elders continues every day.  After seeing new management walk into a new job and no action taken (She refused to let me call an ambulance for Lady Bader who I had notice suffered a stroke, saying it could wait until Monday and see a GP).

Click on ‘Your Voice Matters’ link to read more

http://www.yourvoicematters.org.uk/#!story-of-a-whistleblower/e8qu6

 

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Care home nurses struck off after ‘neglect led to patient deaths’ By Helen Mooney – Nursing Times

Three nurses have been struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council register for poor care which in some cases led to patient deaths at a nursing home in south Wales.

After an 81-day hearing, an NMC panel found that failings by a total of five nurses at the Brithdir Nursing Home in Caerphilly amounted to misconduct. Nurses Tembakazi Moyana, Daphne Richards and Rachel Tanta were struck off on Friday. Susan Greening received a caution order and Beverley Mock was suspended for one year. The NMC panel cleared one nurse, Rachel Pritchard, of all charges relating to misconduct.

In May, a disciplinary panel found 86 failings proven out of an alleged 150 against the six nurses in relation to nine residents between 2004 and 2006.  Amongst other charges they related to poor management of patients’ pressure sores and record keeping.

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Care home nurses struck off after ‘neglect led to patient deaths

 

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I urge everyone to distribute this form. I urge militancy on behalf of nursing home residents – Lenin Nightingale

Lenin Nightingale has adapted an assessment form used in America, from the National Caregivers Library, by which friends and relatives can give scores on a 1-5 rating scale for a series of nursing home performances that impact on their loved one’s daily routine.

The assessment document, which is named NURSING HOME ASSESSMENT BY RESIDENTS’ FRIENDS AND FAMILY, assesses the home’s performance in the areas of Quality of Life, Quality of Care, Nutrition, and Safety.

Please download the pdf to print out to use and please pass on

NURSING HOME ASSESSMENT FORM BY RESIDENTS FRIENDS AND FAMILY

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The care home you WOULDN’T want to send your relatives to: BUPA facility slammed in damning report

One dementia patient at the home-  aged 90-  was left covered in sores and rashes in a cold room while others had bed sores and were not given medication

A crisis-hit care home faces closure following over a raft of damning failings – unless it makes rapid improvements. Stonedale Lodge Nursing and Residential Home, in Liverpool, has been labelled inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – the lowest possible ranking – after it emerged that elderly residents suffered bedsores and were not given their medication.

The critical report – which exposed the 180-bed BUPA facility as being staffed below safe limits – is not the first time the care home has met with negative headline,the Liverpool Echo reports. The ECHO today looks back at the shameful incidents which put Stonedale, which was recently banned from taking on any new residents after seven employees were suspended amid allegations of poor care practices, in the public spotlight.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/care-home-you-wouldnt-want-6263379

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Careworker jailed for string of sickening sex attacks on dementia sufferers as old as 101

Sick, sick sick… And when you think you have heard it all before. What is our world coming to with such sick and evil people in the world, Joanna

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A PERVERTED careworker who filmed herself sexually assaulting vulnerable elderly patients at a care home has been jailed for ten years.

Christina Sethi, 25, preyed upon dementia sufferers – the oldest of which was 101 – in an attempt to get away with her depraved attacks. The carer admitted five counts of sexual assault.

She had filmed the incidents and sent them to her boyfriend, with the abuse coming to light after a man who bought her computer found deleted videos of the attacks. Plymouth Crown Court heard Sethi filmed herself using a vibrator on a female dementia victim, aged in her 80s, and fondled the naked breast and genitalia of a female 101 year old.  The video of the abuse lasted seven and a half minutes and the victim could be heard complaining to the carer, saying: “What are you doing to me?” The attacks she filmed were on two of the care home’s most vulnerable residents.

Police said that although the victim in her 80s was unable to complain due to her dementia, she knew something was happening to her. Sethi – who had no previous convictions – also sexually assaulted a blind dementia sufferer, married and in his eighties, when she stroked his penis after washing him.  One of the elderly victims, resident at a South Devon care home which cannot be named for legal reasons, has since died.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/598276/christina-sethi-jailed-sex-attack-dementia-devon-plymouth-uk

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Christina Sethi was jailed for ten years

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Elderly left freezing and crying in agony for up to seven hours in the middle of the night after watchdog shuts failing care home over safety concerns

  • The Old Village School Nursing Home in Bedfordshire was closed by CQC 
  • 57 residents had to be moved to nearby care homes in ambulances
  • Some left in wheelchairs while others became dehydrated during move
  • Magistrates approved closure at 5pm and said they must be out by 12am 

Distressed elderly residents were forced out of their failing care home in the middle of the night when it was shut over safety fears.

Some were dehydrated and crying in agony as they waited outside up to seven hours for belongings to be stuffed in bin bags and ambulances to arrive. The Old Village School Nursing Home in Bedfordshire was closed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Friday night after inspectors uncovered appalling neglect that put residents in immediate danger. But the watchdog only obtained a closure order from magistrates at 5pm that evening and the home had to be evacuated by midnight. The 57 residents – including younger adults with brain injuries – were moved to nearby care homes in ambulances.

Anne Jeffreys, 87, was still in hospital last night after suffering heart problems during the move.  Her nephew Greg Jeffreys, 59, of Bedford, said: ‘When I visited the home what I witnessed were scenes of absolute carnage. They got the court order to evacuate by midnight and the situation rapidly descended. It was like something out of a Third World country.’

Mr Jeffreys, chief executive of an audio equipment supply firm, said: ‘The street outside was full of very ill, highly distressed residents who were left to sit in their wheelchairs for hours with no bed pans. There were residents and their relatives crying in the street.  ‘In my aunt’s case, her catheter bag needed changing and she was screaming in agony while one carer tried to rush her out during the evacuation. By that point her heartbeat became irregular and we feared she might die. She has been severely traumatised and damaged by the whole experience. ‘I cannot understand how, for the sake of maybe one or two hours, they had to stage a full-scale Third World evacuation.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3195669/Elderly-left-freezing-crying-agony-seven-hours-middle-night-watchdog-shuts-failing-care-home-safety-concerns.html#ixzz3ik0coE1u

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Distressed elderly residents were forced out of The Old Village School Nursing Home in Bedfordshire when it was shut over safety fears.

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Residents moved out of care home

CARE home residents were moved out after a damning inspection report raised fears for their safety.

Southend Council decided to remove residents from Chadwick Lodge Residential Home in Chadwick Road, Westcliff,  after it was placed placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission. Inspectors from the Government watchdog released a report saying the home was inadequate in safety, effectiveness, care and leadership after an unannounced inspection.

The commission was called in after Southend Council raised concerns and found poor training, neglectful care, unexplained injuries and even the hiring convicted criminals without proper checks – one of which had been suspended while the council investigated allegations against them.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/13588254.Residents_moved_out_of_care_home/

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Chadwick Lodge – residents were moved out

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New death guidelines ‘worse than Liverpool Care Pathway’

One of the first medics to raise concerns about the now discredited Liverpool Care Pathway says new protocols to replace it are more dangerous, and could hasten patients’ deaths

New NHS guidelines on “end of life” care are worse than the Liverpool Care Pathway and could push more patients to an early grave, a leading doctor has warned. Prof Patrick Pullicino, one of the first medics to raise concerns over the pathway, said the national proposals would encourage hospital staff to guess who was dying, in the absence of any clear evidence, and to take steps which could hasten patients’ death.

The Liverpool Care Pathway – which meant fluids and treatment could be withdrawn, and sedation given to the dying – was officially phased out last year, on the orders of ministers. It followed concern that under the protocols, thirsty patients had been denied water and left desperately sucking at sponges.

Last week the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) published new 32-page guidance for hospital staff on end-of-life care.

Click on the link to read

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11779213/New-death-guidelines-worse-than-Liverpool-Care-Pathway.html

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Scandal of patients sent home too early

One million NHS patients are re-admitted to hospital as emergency cases within 30 days of discharge after being ‘rushed out of the door’, report finds

The misery endured by patients because of the NHS’s “revolving door” policy of early discharge and emergency re-admission is exposed for the first time today in a scathing report. One million NHS patients are re-admitted to hospital as emergency cases within 30 days of discharge because they are being “rushed out of the door” too quickly, at a cost of £2.4 billion per year.

Healthwatch England said it had gathered “thousands of shocking stories” about patients being sent home without the right care and support. They included a mentally ill man discharged after a suicide attempt with no follow-up care who killed himself a week later. The NHS’s official watchdog concluded that “an undercurrent of ageism” persists within the NHS, and that some of the most vulnerable people in society – pensioners, the homeless and the mentally ill – are being badly let down.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11752276/Scandal-of-patients-sent-home-too-early.html

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Shocking photo’s of Corrin Julie Garland’s mother

This is just horrific and it saddens me to share, but has to be shown. May your darling mum now rest in peace. Joanna

This is what has happened to my mum after being left in her own urine for over a week. I asked the social service to up her care to personal care. My mum cant move at all any more and needs assistant. Because she has to have heater on in the bathroom to have shower they refuse to shower her because they get too hot. This is the outcome. I am disgusted please share; its all they way up her back and legs they are burns.

UPDATE: Mum has taken turn for worse and is now fighting for her life.
I asked social services 2 months ago to up her care to personal care. My mum can’t move anymore and needs assistance. She has cares that go in twice a day and they must of seen this. This is the outcome its all the way up her back and legs. I am disgusted and would appreciate it if you shared. She had to press her piper line to get assistance.

UPDATE: Mum lost her fight this morning.

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Large numbers of older patients experience lack of dignity in hospital

Older hospital patients in England face a “widespread and systematic” pattern of inadequate care, according to a detailed statistical analysis of inpatient experience data in NHS hospitals in England.

The analysis* by Drs Polly Vizard and Tania Burchardt of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics uses data from the Adult Inpatient Survey for 2012-13 to give a detailed picture of older people’s reported experiences during hospital stays. The results showed that experiences of poor or inconsistent standards of dignity and help with eating were too high in the “vast majority” of NHS trusts. Over a fifth of older people (23%) reported experiencing poor or inconsistent standards of dignity and respect and more than one in three patients who needed help with eating did not receive enough assistance.

Poor or inconsistent care was more likely to be experienced by women, those aged over 80 and those with a long-standing illness or disability such as deafness of blindness. The likelihood of poor or inconsistent care was particularly high for patients whose hospital stay had been long or if they had stayed on three or more wards.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.onmedica.com/newsArticle.aspx?id=dd0ea49d-0d5f-480d-b17b-7f6cbf282737

Click on the link to download the full analysis*

Older peoples experiences of dignity and nutrition during hospital stays

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Please show me that you really care

Do you want to make people’s lives better?

Do you want to make your children’s and your parents lives better?

Are you concerned with the amount of medical mistakes in the news?

Are you a thinker or a doer?

Do you really care? 

Click on the link and show me that you really care http://goo.gl/3rf9c7

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How Will MyNotes Medical work for you? Watch our walk-through slides

We have had a fantastic response regarding MyNotes Medical, but people are still unsure how MyNotes Medical works.

Here is a short slide presentation walkthrough how the programme will work. We NEED your support to help us to help you. Please pledge your support on our link http://goo.gl/3rf9c7  Thank you, Together We Can Make A Difference Joanna 

 

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Should care home cameras be banned?

One woman strongly opposed to the calls is Irene Rees, whose family used covert filming to help jail an NHS nurse who was abusing her 92-year-old mother-in-law. She joins us this morning alongside Eileen Chubb, founder of the campaign group Compassion in Care.

“You need cameras in care homes. We need them in the rooms. It should be part of a package that’s offered to you when you go to these homes. It’s up to the relatives then to decide… I can’t see any other way of safeguarding these elderly people” – Irene Rees

“Why did I blow the whistle? I saw widespread abuse of people. There was no question about reporting it to management, and we went higher, and higher, and higher” – Eileen Chubb  Compassion in care

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for relatives to be banned from secretly filming elderly residents they suspect are being abused in care homes. Earlier this year the Care Quality Commission watchdog introduced a new policy allowing families to covertly film relatives in homes as a ‘last resort’. But the RCN yesterday called for the policy to be banned – warning it would deter nurses from working in care homes and drive down care standards

Please click on the link to watch the interview

http://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/should-care-home-hidden-cameras-be-banned

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A&Es are places of terror for the old: Nurses warn that bewildered elderly patients are constantly being left on trolleys in corridors

  •    30 hospitals have declared major incidents and cancelled routine surgery because they were so busy during the busy winter season
  •    Some nurses blame the GP and 111 helpline for the rising numbers of patients who are not seriously ill but are turning up in A&E
  •    Elderly patients are considered less urgent than cases of road traffic accidents, brain haemorrhages and heart attacks

Casualty units have become ‘places of terror’ for the elderly, senior nurses have warned. They say patients are being abandoned on trolleys in corridors in mid-summer, when hospitals should be less busy. The so-called ‘winter pressures’ are now carrying on year-round with a steady stream of patients arriving. And it is the elderly who are most affected, with many routinely having to wait up to 20 hours on trolleys.

This winter was one of the worst on record for A&E units, with 30 hospitals declaring major incidents and cancelling routine surgery because they were so busy. But nurses say the crisis is continuing, with patients turning up after failing to get an appointment with their GP or being referred inappropriately by the 111 helpline.

It is the elderly who wait the longest, however, because they are less urgent than cases of road traffic accidents, brain haemorrhages and heart attacks.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3136833/A-Es-places-terror-old-warns-nurses-Bewildered-patients-left-trolleys-corridors.html

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94-year-old humiliated by care staff as she begged for their help

A daughter recorded care home workers humiliating her mum as she begged for help.

The staff members were caught out when a secret tape recorded them giving a slow round of applause to distressed Doreen MacIntyre, 94, after she asked for “a hand”. The shocking treatment was captured on a secret recording device hidden by concerned daughter Blan Bremner.

The 16-hour tape revealed two members of staff persistently behaving inappropriately in front of Doreen. The carers were suspended and later resigned as a result of the incident, but Blan – who felt “physically sick” after listening to the tape – is calling for further action against those responsible. “They were sarcastic, vindictive and showed no respect to her,” she said. “I burst into tears listening to it.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.sundaypost.com/that-s-life/your-health/94-year-old-humiliated-by-care-staff-as-she-begged-for-their-help-1.885700

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“‘About me’ puts a person at the heart of patient-centred care” by Liz Charalambous for NursingTimes.Net

A brilliant article from a nurse taking the time to really care

I took handover at the start of my shift recently. I received detailed information about care plans, the patient’s vital signs, urine output, blood glucose, early warning scores, Braden scale, MUST (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool), falls and visual infusion phlebitis score were.

I was then presented with a form to sign for me to take responsibility and accountability for the patient. But there was no mention of the patient’s likes and dislikes, no details of a possible safeguarding issue, and no elaboration on her worries about the possibility of having her dog taken away as she may be unable to manage at home, and face residential home placement.

We are inundated with paperwork – of that there is no question. But the single most important piece of paperwork in my view as far as person-centred care is concerned, is the “about me” form. It is an ingenious document, cleverly crafted to ensure that the team are aware of a person’s preferences, likes and dislikes and their personal history while in hospital.

Click on the link to read more

About me puts a person at the heart of patient centred-care

Liz Charalambous is staff nurse, healthcare of the older person acute medicine, at Nottingham University Hospital’s Trust

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Petition to Investigate and stop the murder of vulnerable people, remove closed courts and meetings which should be public.

You wake up hungry, thirsty, forced to be alone, trapped in a bed with people lying about you, making you scared and wanting you dead. 

This is what is happening to the old and people who medicine is considered too expensive in the UK but not else where in the world! And then this is being hidden.

I Dr Jones want a proper Independent public jury investigation including coroner on the death of my mother Mavis Banks. Who in her last days had tears in her eyes and wanted to live. But was forced to die. My mother said someone from Chester City council was trying to sell her home and land cheap and hit her in 2010 before her stroke that lead her to be in a nursing home. The strange actions of Chester City council were all done to shut her up and shows massive corruption in Cheshire.

Please click on the link and sign to stop this before it affects your loved ones.

https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-david-cameron-investigate-and-stop-the-murder-of-vulnerable-people-remove-closed-courts-and-meetings-which-should-be-public?tk=QN4CFOc1IAvW4X6zOg2DWBOA_OV-wo0a0nwbplDPVDM&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

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‘Dishonest and untrustworthy’ woman forged documents to get work as a carer

A CARER who was struck off amid allegations of theft forged documents to allow her to continue to work – and stole from a family she was looking after.

Veronica Newton, 41, falsified a police record to get another job and kept up the charade until other clients reported things missing from their homes. Even when she was confronted by bosses, she brazenly maintained the lies and made a fake phone call to the authorities to try to cover her tracks. However, the call was recorded and it was discovered that she had been put on hold and the conversation she pretended to have had not been with anybody.

Mother-of-two Newton, of Malvern Crescent, Darlington, was condemned by a judge at Teesside Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday), but was allowed to walk free. Recorder Martin Bethel, QC, imposed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision and unpaid work, and told her: “You must never ever work in this sort of employment in the future because you have demonstrated you are a thoroughly dishonest and untrustworthy person.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/13325590._Dishonest_and_untrustworthy__woman_forged_documents_to_get_work_as_a_carer/

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End-of-life care letting people down – Health Ombudsman

Thousands of dying patients are being let down by poor end-of-life care provision, the organisation that makes final decisions about NHS complaints in England has said.

The health ombudsman’s report detailed “tragic” cases where people’s suffering could have been avoided or lessened. In one instance, a patient had suffered 14 painful attempts to have a drip reinserted during his final hours. The government said improving end-of-life care was a priority. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has investigated 265 complaints about end-of-life care in the past four years, upholding just over half of them.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32797768

Have you been affected by the issues raised in this story?

You can email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk. If you would be happy to speak further to a BBC journalist, please include a contact telephone number when emailing your details.

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Speak up on Essex elder abuse

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If you’re worried about whether an elderly person close to you may be suffering from the effects of being abused and you live in Essex, we have some important news for you: We’ve launched a new anonymous reporting phone line in Essex to crack down on elder abuse: 0800 032 7644.

We’ve joined forces with Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston and the Safeguarding Adults Boards of Essex, Thurrock and Southend to trial the first ever anonymous reporting line for elder abuse.

The free 24/7 reporting line is specifically dedicated to the people of Essex, and aims to encourage members of the public to report any incident of suspected abuse of elderly people, whether it’s in a care home, hospital or the individual’s own home.

We’ve also launched a dedicated anonymous online form to help us fight elder abuse, and you can donate now to support us in our fight against this crime against older people.

Click on the Speak up on Essex elder abuse website

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/in-your-area/eastern/essex/speak-up-on-essex-elder-abuse/

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Family haunted by memory of mum being left to die on hospital trolley

THE family of cancer victim Lily Smith say they will never forgive the NHS after she spent 12 hours of the last day of her life on a hospital trolley.

The 83-year-old great grandmother’s final wish was to be allowed to die in peace at her Newstead home after she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last December. But an ambulance was called when she suddenly took a turn for the worse after contracting pneumonia. Lily then spent nine hours in a corridor at the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s A&E before spending a further three hours on a trolley at the Medical Assessment Unit.

She passed away just three hours after finally being placed on the Clinical Decision Unit on March 25. Now her devastated relatives have questioned why more was not done to make their dying mother’s last hours more comfortable. One of her four surviving children, Ian Smith, said he will always regret dialling 999 when his mother started to have difficulties breathing.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Family-haunted-memory-mum-left-die-hospital/story-26459356-detail/story.html

Family collect of Lily Smith who died at The Royal Stoke Hospital

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Living to 100: not all it’s cracked up to be, especially if we don’t rethink our approach to old age

It’s never easy broaching the subject of our own mortality, but I certainly wouldn’t want to live for a century, says Judith Woods

Hands up who wants to live to 100? Me neither. Don’t get me wrong, I fully intend to live forever, but a century just sounds such an effort.

In recent days we’ve been told by Austrian researchers that old age doesn’t officially begin until 74. We’ve also learned the “secret” to becoming a centenarian: no smoking, low cholesterol levels and coffee in moderation. And UK-based anti-ageing specialist Dr Alex Zhavoronkov has revealed his infallible plan to live to 150 by taking 100 drugs and supplements a day and avoiding stress. How great is that?

Not great at all, I’d say. The fact he views as “stress” the things most of us regard as the best bits of life – marriage, children, buying lovely shiny consumer durables – brings to mind the hoary old saw that he might not live a century and a half but time will drag so slowly it will certainly feel like it.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11576382/Living-to-100-not-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-especially-if-we-dont-rethink-our-approach-to-old-age.html

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Frank Foster – Campaign for dignity in death – Please sign petition

Frank Fowler 1920 – 2014. Frank was diagnosed with brain cancer and was deaf and blind and was receiving treatment at Pembury, Tunbridge Wells. In his final days Frank suffered unbearable pain but was left to suffer throughout his painful last moments. His was not a dignified death and one that no ones loved ones should have to endure. Please support the campaign to have Dignity in Death debated in the Houses of Parliament.

Sign the petition and please share this video. Joanne Fowler is the daughter of Frank and is campaigning for Dignity in Death to be heard in Parliament.

The petition can be signed at http://fb.me/6uo9GARXZ

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102 year old Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”

I just had to post this film. It shows Alice Barker 102 years in her youth.

 This is why it’s so important to look beyond the aging years and know that in the minds of our elders they had a life, they are still young, just trapped in an aging body. Joanna 

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David Shuff owns a therapy dog, which is how he met Alice Barker, age 102. Barker had been a well-known and successful dancer in the her day, and performed with some of the biggest names of stage and screen. I guess, however, she was just one of those people who didn’t like to see herself on screen. I can sympathize (because unlike Barker, I’m painful to watch). In the intervening decades, the physical recordings and other memorabilia of her time on stage was lost, including the films.

In addition to owning a therapy dog, David Shuff works with Mark Cantor for Jazz on Film, and together they tracked down footage of Barker. This is the first time she’s ever seen it. Shuff also noted that although he wishes so much of the video wasn’t him talking, it took a while to get Barker warmed up and talking about her memories, particularly when she wanted to just watch.

Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Please click on the link to watch Alice Barker dancing, she was beautiful and still is.

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Being ignored, neglected and forgotten. A powerful video from Age UK

This video really brings out the message, one day we will all be that much older but still the same person that took our first breath in life. This video should be compulsory for all nurses, doctors, and carers who work caring for the elderly to remember. Joanna

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See the contrast between the life Charles has now to the one he has lived. He’s being ignored, neglected and forgotten. Human rights give people the power to challenge poor care, and they apply to all of us, whatever our age.

Please share this film because people need to talk about human rights for older people.

Please click on the link to watch this powerful video

https://www.facebook.com/ageuk/videos/1004159362941871/

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Nurses call for post-reg specialist qualification in care of older people. By Nicola Merrifield, Nursing Times

“Neglected” care home nurses are failing to receive adequate preparation for the role and are unable to access the same career development opportunities as NHS nurses, according to a survey.

Around 70% of survey respondents said undergraduate pre-registration nurse education did not prepare the future workforce with the skills, knowledge, competencies and experience to deliver high quality care to older residents. This was despite the vast majority, 87%, of respondents – which included nurses, managers and community registrants working in care homes – reporting that a particular set of specialist competencies were required to do the job.

A post-registration specialist qualification for care of older people – including care home nursing – was suggested by many people taking part in the research project, which was carried out by academics at the University of York and funded by the Royal College of Nursing Foundation. Such a qualification would ensure the nursing care home workforce was “fit for purpose” and able to meet the increasingly complex care needs of residents, said the report on the study – called Supporting Nursing in Care Homes.

Click on the link below to read more

Nurses call for post reg specialist qualification in care of older people

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Need your help. Has anyone lost parents to nursing home or hospital on LCP?

Has anyone lost parents to nursing home or hospital on LCP? please email joannaslater2@gmail.com in confidence Thank you

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Care home shamed into improving food after son posts pictures of ‘disgusting’ meals on Facebook

A man shamed a care home into serving better meals by showing thousands of people his pictures of “disgusting” food given to his 81-year-old mother.

Steve Ashton, 40, put a photo of the corned beef and jacket potato given to his mother Joan on Facebook and it was shared more than 129,000 times. He posted the photograph after the sheltered home refused to admit there was a problem with the quality of food served to residents. Care chiefs have since apologised for meals described as “worse than dog food”. They have now agreed to bring in changes to the food, which costs care residents £42 a week even if they are on holiday and not receiving meals. Mr Ashton said: “I am disgusted with the low-quality food that this facility is being allowed to serve. Don’t the elderly people in this place deserve to have good food that is catered for all? “It is my mission to get the food at this place changed and to get them serving high quality food and meets the needs of all its residents.”

He began his campaign after being told daily by his mother that she did not want to eat the food. His mother moved into Aneurin Bevan Court in Newport, South Wales, eight months ago and had been complaining almost daily about the quality of the food.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11545391/Care-home-shamed-into-improving-food-after-son-posts-pictures-of-disgusting-meals-on-Facebook.html

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Our account of the appalling lack of duty of care and the terrible death of our mother on unauthorised LCP, who died on 14 June 2013. By sisters Rosalind Brewer and Marilyn Ealy

All your stories, Strength in Numbers. Please read this in-depth shocking account written to the hospital complaining of the course of events which led to Rosalind Brewer and Marilyn Ealy’s mother’s death.

Dear Sir/Madam

We’re writing to you to make a complaint about the lack of care, attention, compassion, and appalling communications received from the staff at Frimley Park Hospital to both our Mother and ourselves, and the circumstances that led to our Mother’s recent death.

Before our Mother Mrs Gerda Ealy (who was 88) was admitted into Frimley Park Hospital, and before the media announced the abuse of the Liverpool Care Pathway, we already feared the outcome of our Mother’s admission into hospital. We also expressed our concerns to the ambulance drivers and staff at A&E.

Our Mother was not terminally ill, but was elderly and as a result of this we feel it underlines the fact that she was targeted by putting her on LCP in order to hasten her death.

Please continue to read by clicking on the PDF below. It will surely shock you. The family want justice.

OUR ACCOUNT – COMPLAINT OF THE LACK OF CARE OF OUR MOTHER WITHOUT NAME

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Policy guide: Where the parties stand – Health and Care

This is a guide to political parties’ positions on key issues and will be updated as each manifesto is launched.

This issue includes NHS funding, GP access and social care, particularly of older people.

Click on the link to read

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/manifesto-guide#tab=issue!issue=health!party=!nation=uk

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End-of-life care for terminally ill ‘needs major overhaul’

The UK’s care system for dying patients with terminal illnesses is lacking and needs a major overhaul, says a damning new report.

According to London School of Economics researchers, more than 100,000 people a year who would benefit from palliative care are not getting it. Patients are being left without sufficient pain relief and respite. NHS England said it was committed to ensuring terminally-ill patients got the support and services they needed.

The report found inequalities in access to good care, with certain groups of patients more likely to miss out. With an ageing population and demand for care increasing, the problem looked set to worsen, it warned.

Those who currently miss out include:

  • the “oldest old” (aged 85 and over)
  • people living alone
  • people living in deprived areas
  • black, Asian and ethnic minority groups

Most palliative care goes to cancer patients, even though the diseases account for less than a third of deaths. Only a fifth of new referrals to specialist end-of-life services are for people with non-cancer diagnoses.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32201594

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Care system gets ‘biggest shake-up in 60 years’

 Major changes to the care system in England are being introduced on Wednesday in what is being dubbed the biggest shake-up for 60 years.

The Care Act 2014 includes rights for those receiving care and those who provide it to their loved ones. It includes standards for access to services from care homes to help in the home for tasks such as washing and dressing. Meanwhile, NHS and care budgets are being merged in Scotland.

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act has been described as the most substantial reform north of the border for a generation.  It effectively forces councils and the NHS to work together to provide more streamlined services. That aim is also a major topic of debate in England in the election campaign with the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Greens all having plans for greater integration. But the changes coming into force in England on Wednesday apply only to the care system for older people and younger adults with disabilities.

The BBC has launched an online guide to the care system for the over-65s. The “care calculator” covers residential care and the support provided in people’s own homes, for tasks such as washing and dressing. Users can submit their postcode and find out how much each service costs where they live in the UK.

Click on the link to read more and also about the BBC Cost of Care project

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32136209

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Are you receiving care or providing care for a loved one? What do you think of these changes? You can email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk with your experience.

Please include a telephone number if you are willing to be contacted by a BBC journalist.

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Dementia patients stay in hospital ‘because of home help care shortage’

Patients with dementia are being condemned to needlessly long stays in hospital because of a shortage of care to help them at home, a charity has warned.

New research shows that in the last financial year, people with the condition spent more than 3 million days in hospital – with average stay in some hospitals three times as long as in others. The Alzheimer’s Society said dementia sufferers were being forced to endure long stays in frightening and unfamiliar hospital surroundings, for want of support at home.

Official data shows that the NHS spent nearly £900m on the care of dementia patients who spent 3.42 million days in hospital during 2013/14. If the hospitals with the slowest discharge rates matched the national average, the health service would have saved £70 million – equal to the total amount spent on dementia research each year – the charity said. The figures show that while some hospitals had an average stay of six days for a patient with the condition, in others, the typical stay was more than three weeks.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/elder/11502563/Dementia-patients-stay-in-hospital-because-of-home-help-care-shortage.html

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NURSING HOME ASSESSMENT FORM for RESIDENTS FRIENDS AND FAMILY by Lenin Nightingale

Having finished reading a blog entry by a care assistant in a private nursing home, who informs of her and one nurse having to attend to the needs of 25 elderly residents on a night shift, and of her thinking the food given to residents during the day was on par with what would go in the bin of very cheap boarding house (this as the homes’ administrator received a bonus for cutting costs), it occurred to me that all private nursing homes should be open to scrutiny by residents’ friends and relatives.

For this purpose, I have adapted an assessment form used in America, from the National Caregivers Library, by which friends and relatives can give scores on a 1-5 rating scale for a series of nursing home performances that impact on their loved one’s daily routine.

The assessment document, which I have named NURSING HOME ASSESSMENT BY RESIDENTS’ FRIENDS AND FAMILY, assesses the home’s performance in the areas of Quality of Life, Quality of Care, Nutrition, and Safety.

Please click on the link to read more

https://nursebloginternational.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/nursing-home-assessment-by-residents-friends-and-family/

Please click on the PDF below to download and print the Nursing Home Assessment form to keep and document

NURSING HOME ASSESSMENT FORM BY RESIDENTS FRIENDS AND FAMILY

I urge everyone to distribute this form. I urge militancy on behalf of nursing home residents.

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My name is Bernard Benton and I need the right to live, I need treatment

Toni Curry is fighting for the right for her father to live.

I have had to ask my poor dad the hardest question in my entire life today , and that was whether or not he chooses to be treated or allowed to die naturally without any treatment at all, in preperation for judgement day tomorrow at the surgery, so that I can fully express his current wishes as a consequence of Billingham district nursing team and Stockton PCT wanting a clear cut beurogratic case.

My dad is called bernard benton and he is bed bound with multiple co morbidities. He is 87 yrs old and is cared for at home by myself Toni Curry his daughter.

Due to dads illnesses the gp back in January 2015 thought it would be of no benefit to dad to send him back into hospital for treatment. I reserved the right to disagree at any point as it all depended on dads views at the end of the day. The division would have to lie with him to refuse any treatment. As with all elderly people when suffering an infection, they then can become confused and disorientated with fluctuating capacity. This is no different for my father.

Please click on the link below to read the rest of my fathers story

My dad is called bernard benton and he is bed bound with multiple co morbidities

 

This was my dads reply , and I fully support him on this.

Love and respect you dad xxxxxxxxxxx

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War hero who survived Dunkirk blames NHS for alleged blunders which resulted in him losing both his legs

A war hero who served in the Second World War and survived Dunkirk has lost both his legs after alleged hospital blunders by the NHS.

Douglas Mainwaring, 93, from Bridgend, first visited his GP complaining of a pain in his left foot in September 2008 and was told it had likely been caused by a verruca. It was treated with a special freezing spray but after the treatment his leg became gangrenous and had to be amputated in October 2012.  His family claim investigations later revealed the original problemwas not a verruca at all, but was caused by a bone left sticking out after Douglas broke his foot during the war. His daughter Yvonne, 62, explained: “The GP sprayed quite a large area of dad’s foot.

“Less than a month later we noticed his foot turning black. We took him to hospital and the first thing the surgeon asked was, ‘When did you have frostbite?’ “After that things just got worse and worse. He was in terrible pain.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/war-hero-who-survived-dunkirk-8894134

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Douglas Mainwaring with daughter Yvonne and wife, Jean

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Is it dementia or just normal ageing? New test will help doctors identify if you are at risk of memory problems

A new scoring test to determine who is most at risk of developing memory problems will help doctors spot the signs of dementia, scientists said today.

The new tool is aimed at dementia of the debilitating condition, which currently affects more than 47 million people across the world. By 2030, the World Health Organisation predicts that number will spiral to 75 million. But researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota hope their research will help identify those most at risk, to help doctors intervene with potentially preventative treatments.  Study author Ronald Petersen, from the Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centre, said: ‘Our goal is to identify people who are at the highest risk for dementia as early as possible.

‘Early detection of individuals at high risk of developing memory and thinking problems that we call mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is crucial because people with MCI are at a greater risk of developing dementia. ‘This allows for a wider window of opportunity to initiate preventative measures.’

Click on the link to read, and take the memory test

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3001079/Is-dementia-just-normal-ageing-New-test-help-doctors-identify-risk-memory-problems.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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While forgetting what you went upstairs for is and taking a few minutes to recall where you parked your car is no cause for concern, if you can’t remember your grandchild’s name but can recall childhood memories, you should visit your GP, experts say

 

 

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Eileen Chubb (Compassion in Care) surrounded by Whistle-blowers from all sectors reads a statement outside Downing Street

Eileen Chubb surrounded by Whistle-blowers from all sectors reads a statement outside Downing Street. This statement along with comprehensive evidence was delivered to Number Ten Downing Street earlier. Prior to this the Whistle-blowers attended Parliament in committee room 17 and invited all MPs to attend.

Website Compassion in Care

http://www.compassionincare.com/

Petition

https://www.change.org/p/protect-the-protectors-with-edna-s-law-need-one-law-for-all-whistleblowers

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MPs call for better training to improve nurses’ end of life care skills, By Nicola Merrifield, Nursing Times

Nurses and other clinicians must receive tailored training to address the lack of confidence and skills they have in raising end of life issues with patients, a report by the Commons’ health select committee has said.

The MPs’ inquiry into end of life care found variation in the quality and practice of care given to people approaching the end of life – defined by the committee as those who appear likely to die within the next 12 months – within both hospital and community settings.

End of life care is unlikely to improve unless staff feel able to identify people who are close to dying and start conversations with them about where and how they would like to be cared for, said the MPs in their report. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-committee/news/report-end-of-life-care/

Evidence submitted to the committee by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman stated that half of all its complaints around this type of care featured poor communication – including between clinicians and patients or the family, within clinical teams and between hospitals and community services.

Click on the link to read more

MPs call for better training to improve nurses’ end of life care skills

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Fears over death wish databases that doctors say mean elderly could be left to die at home rather than saved at hospital

Do you think it’s a good idea to construct computer databases containing the details of how elderly people want to die in hospital or at home? 

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A ‘worrying’ scheme to construct a series of computer databases containing the details of how every elderly person wants to die is being recommended by MPs.

They are pressing Ministers to push ahead with a universal system for recording people’s death wishes – despite fears people could be denied life-saving hospital treatment. Doctors or nurses would ask elderly patients where they want to die and whether they would prefer treatment to be withheld if all appears lost. Their wishes would then be added to databases to be shared with GPs, hospital staff and ambulance crews.  The Health Select Committee wants to reduce the number of dying patients being ferried to hospital for ‘unnecessary’ reasons. While around seven in 10 people say they want to die in their own homes, only two in 10 actually do. Too often, according to a report from the committee today, doctors carry information about where and how their patients want to die ‘in their heads’. Under the new system, if a patient has indicated they want to die at home, this information will be passed to paramedics called to an emergency.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2995242/Fears-death-wish-databases-doctors-say-mean-elderly-left-die-home-saved-hospital.html

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Scandal of patients dying… just from a cracked rib: NHS ‘failing to use new technique that can stop pneumonia kicking in’

The lives of elderly patients with broken ribs are being put at risk because emergency departments and GPs are failing to refer them for up-to-date assessment and treatment.

Breathing difficulties caused by these injuries can lead to the lung infection pneumonia, which is especially dangerous for older people. A revolutionary two-hour procedure that involves implanting flexible titanium splints to support the fractures while they heal was approved for NHS use in 2010, and has been shown to slash lung infection rates. But according to DePuy Synthes, which manufactures the unique Matrix Rib Fixation System, the implants have been used only in a total of 350 cases – although the Health & Social Care Information Centre say there were 29,401 hospital consultations involving rib fractures last year alone.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2994859/Scandal-patients-dying-just-cracked-rib-NHS-failing-use-new-technique-stop-pneumonia-kicking-in.html

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A revolutionary two-hour procedure that involves implanting flexible titanium splints to support the fractures while they heal was approved for NHS use in 2010, pictured is how the operation works

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Elderly patients will get consultations with doctors via webcams to reduce pressure on A&E as part of £200 million NHS shake-up

The elderly will undergo consultations via webcams and patients will be offered GP appointments at weekends as part of an NHS shake-up. Simon Stevens, the health service’s chief executive, today announced a £200 million scheme aimed at providing better care for the most vulnerable patients so they don’t end up in hospital. Initially, it involves 29 local projects covering a total of five million patients which will all operate slightly differently depending on the needs of the population. But the hope is to gradually expand these nationwide with the overall aim of treating more patients at home – or at their GP – rather than in hospital. Mr Stevens said the problem with the set-up of the NHS at the moment is that it is too ‘fragmented’, meaning patients are passed ‘from pillar to post’ between the various hospital wards, outpatient clinic and their GP.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2988408/Elderly-patients-consultations-doctors-webcams-reduce-pressure-E-200-million-NHS-shake-up.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Spy camera captures ‘sickening’ treatment of Freda, 84, in care home

THIS is the shocking moment a great-grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is degraded by staff at her care home.

Widow Freda Jobson’s family used a camera hidden in a clock to capture footage after becoming concerned about bedsores on the 84-year-old’s body. High-quality footage shows Mrs Jobson, who herself spent 30 years as a carer, lying in bed at Keldgate Manor Residential Home in Beverley as carers:

– Ask her if she is a witch and whether she has ever practiced black magic.

– Mimic her groaning, caused by her dementia, while one is shown bent double laughing.

– Remove a bandage used to cover a bedsore on her elbow and wrap it around Mrs Jobson’s head while laughing at her.

Click on the link to read and watch the video to see how these unfeeling so called carers mimic 84 year old Freda

http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Spy-camera-captures-sickening-treatment-Freda-84/story-26126350-detail/story.html?

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Dad dies of heart attack hours after bungling paramedics refuse to take him to A&E – dismissing it as a PANIC ATTACK

A coroner has blasted bungling paramedics who dismissed a dad’s agonising chest pains as a PANIC ATTACK – just hours before he died of cardiac arrest.

Tragic Jeffrey Corbin, 59, was even persuaded not to go to hospital by an ambulance crew who told him he would have to wait up to SEVEN HOURS in A&E for treatment. Shockingly, when he collapsed in his bedroom 24 hours later on April 20 last year it took 75 minutes for a first responder to turn up after he was categorised as a low priority. National government targets require an ambulance to attend an address within 30 minutes of a 999 call. But because of extra demand over the Easter weekend it took a further 14 minutes before an ambulance finally arrived at his home in Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent. When the retired factory worker was finally taken to hospital it was too late and the father-of-three was pronounced dead.

Click on the link to read more

http://swns.com/news/dad-dies-of-heart-attack-hours-after-bungling-paramedics-refuse-to-take-him-to-ae-dismissing-it-as-a-panic-attack-65044/

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Jeffrey Corbin. The grieving family of a heart attack victim, who died 24 hours after paramedics failed to take him to hospital, are taking legal action against the NHS (© Newsteam / SWNS Group)

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600 patients die of hunger and thirst every year: Hospital staff refuse to help, say families

Almost 600 patients are dying in hospitals each year because of hunger and thirst, figures show. Bereaved relatives have told how their loved ones were ‘forgotten to death’ by staff who refused to help them eat or drink. Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that 7,949 deaths have been attributed to hunger and thirst in the past decade.  In recent years, however, numbers have fallen – suggesting the standards of nursing care are showing signs of improvement.

The figures show that in NHS and private hospitals in 2013, dehydration was recorded as an underlying cause of death or a contributory factor in 574 deaths. In 2008 the total was 942. In 2013 a further 336 deaths were logged with malnutrition being an underlying cause or contributory factor. The two figures cannot be added together to give a total because some patients would have been recorded in both categories. Another 88 deaths in care homes in 2013 were attributed to dehydration and 33 to malnutrition, according to the figures which were obtained by Channel 4 News. The family of a retired engineer who died of acute dehydration have told how staff dumped drinks by his bed without bothering to help him reach them.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2971384/600-patients-die-hunger-thirst-year-Hospital-staff-refuse-help-say-families.html

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‘Forgotten to death’: Almost 600 patients are dying in hospitals each year because of hunger and thirst, figures show, with bereaved relatives saying staff refused to help them eat or drink. (Stock image)

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It will take more than scientific brilliance to win the battle against dementia

The ageing of societies across the world is a testament to progress. But as we grow older, the risk of mental as well as physical decline increases.Dementia affects one in five people over 80 and its global prevalence is doubling every 20 years. To confront this challenge we need more than scientific brilliance. We need a new approach to the funding and regulation of research. Next month (3-4 March) the World Health Organisation will set out its priorities for research into the degenerative brain disease at the first ministerial conference on global action against dementia in Geneva.

It follows David Cameron’s announcement in the Autumn Statement last December of a £15m down-payment by the UK government to help fund the battle against what the prime minister described as “one of the greatest enemies of humanity”.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/25/scientific-brilliance-battle-dementia-ara-darzi?

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Press release: PM launches next phase of Britain’s fight against dementia

David Cameron sets out a new, long-term strategy focused on boosting research, improving care and raising public awareness about dementia.

Click on the link to read 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-next-phase-of-britains-fight-against-dementia

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Watch the BBC video report on 

Alzheimer’s charity hails one million ‘dementia friends’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31565160

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‘Families too scared to speak out about care home abuse’

A COUNCILLOR has said families are too frightened to speak out about widespread abuse in care homes in case their relatives are evicted.

East Riding Council’s health, care and wellbeing overview and scrutiny sub-committee heard about 100 referrals are made every month regarding physical and financial abuse and neglect of older people in the East Riding. About 70 per cent of the allegations relate to residential homes. Although the sub-committee was told the high number of care home referrals is likely to relate to the scrutiny care homes faced, Councillor Keith Moore said: “There is a huge amount of abuse going on in care homes. “Families are afraid if they report anything, their relative will be evicted or sent somewhere miles away where they can’t visit them.”

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http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Families-scared-speak-care-home-abuse-8211/story-26054409-detail/story.html

Thousands of complaints made about elderly care in England

5 Live investigates

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31557790

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‘All care homes should have CCTV’, says woman who used £120 covert camera to capture shocking footage showing nurse abusing and taunting her 92-year-old mother-in-law

We all remember these shocking photo’s what this poor lady went through.  Mrs Rees was moved to another care home in Stepney, Greater London, where she was happy. But she died in May last year. Still make my blood boil that this “did” and is “still” happening, Joanna

A woman who installed a £120 covert camera to capture shocking footage of a nurse abusing her 92-year-old mother-in-law has today welcomed new health care guidance into surveillance in care homes. The video below reveals the horrific treatment Bridie Rees suffered at the hands of the person employed to care for her. The 92-year-old was poked, prodded, abused and taunted by staff nurse Faderera Bello. She was subsequently jailed for four months after admitting a count of neglect at Snaresbrook Crown Court in June last year. Mrs Rees’s case makes a strong argument in favour of using surveillance cameras to keep a check on elderly relatives in care homes.

And today the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, has published new guidance – a step in the right direction, Mrs Rees’s family told MailOnline.  Irene Rees, who is married to Bridie’s son William, urged other family’s to use CCTV to keep an eye on their relatives, adding the practice could also protect staff facing accusations. ‘This is a step in the right direction,’ Mrs Rees told MailOnline. ‘But we need to see it taken a  step further. ‘Care homes should be offering families the option of CCTV. I would urge all families to use CCTV. ‘If we hadn’t installed the camera in Bridie’s room she would have continued to face that abuse.  ‘There is no other way to ensure are kept safe.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2950728/All-care-homes-CCTV-says-woman-used-120-covert-camera-film-nurse-abusing-poking-taunting-92-year-old-mother-law.html

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Caught red-handed: Carer filmed stealing money from pensioner’s purse in her own home

Sheryvone Brooks was recorded taking a purse belonging to 85-year-old Evelyn Nicholson from a kitchen drawer, removing £30 and pocketing the cash. Bosses at Gateway Health and Social Care Dudley had put in the camera after Mrs Nicholson’s family became concerned about money going missing, Dudley Magistrates Court heard.

Brooks, aged 19, of Foxmeadow Close, Sedgley, had been one of her victim’s primary carers for around six months. She pleaded guilty to a count of theft. Magistrates committed her for sentence at Wolverhampton Crown Court on March 18. The court heard the camera had been installed at Mrs Nicholson’s address in Stourbridge. Brooks was recorded stealing the money on January 6 this year. Miss Lynda Gudgeon, prosecuting, said the footage had been reviewed by the company.

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/02/20/caught-red-handed-watch-as-carer-steals-money-from-pensioners-purse-in-own-home/?utm_source=Newsletter+contacts&utm_campaign=febe1b85e9-Express_Star_Daily_Newsletter1_6_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_14ec17c24a-febe1b85e9-241004973

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The NHS may have to support up to a million more elderly people within the next decade, new report reveals

A million more people aged over 50 will have a serious illness in a decade than do today, according to research published today. Around 3.1 million over 50s are living with serious illness in the UK – but this is likely to rise to four million in the next 10 years. If the current trend continues, the projected proportion of people living with serious illness could increase to a shocking 14.8% by 2025. This represents a potential crisis for Wales, where more than 18% were aged 65 and over at in the last census, the highest seen since they began. With demand for NHS services already under pressure, new analysis by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) predicts the NHS may have to support up to a million more elderly people with serious illnesses within the next ten years.

Click on link to read more

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/nhs-support-up-million-more-8603225?

Click on the PDF  Serious_illness_in_the_over_50s  to download Report

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Elderly man ‘held prisoner’ in care home

An elderly man suffering from dementia was treated like a “prisoner” after social workers dispatched him to a nursing home against his and his family’s wishes without going through proper legal processes, a formal investigation has found. Staff at Cambridgeshire County Council decided behind closed doors to declare the man, named only as N, unfit to decide his own care after his wife contacted them simply inquiring about the possibility of him going to a day centre for an extra day a week. The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) found that social workers failed to carry out proper assessments of his mental capacity or best interests or meet basic legal requirements for depriving him of his liberty.

A report details how he was sent to a home an hour’s bus journey away from his wife, who repeatedly objected to the placement backed up by other family members. He was locked in to stop him wandering off and his wife, daughter and brother were all separately warned that police would be called if they tried to take him home.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/elder/11373268/Elderly-man-held-prisoner-in-care-home.html

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A shocking story eloquently given by Christina Taylor at made at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Perth 2014 about the care and cover up her mother had.

And Christina is still fighting for the truth

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Average life expectancy heading for 100

Living beyond 100 will become the norm for children born within the next generation, official projections show. According to estimates published by the Office for National Statistics the average life expectancy for newborn girls in the UK is on course to reach just under 97 years and four months within just over two decades. Baby boys born in 2037 will expect to live until 94 years and four months on average – with many living much longer.

The projections, contained in a new report analysing the make-up of the British population, means that typical life expectancies would have increased by around a decade since the 1980s. It is also now predicted that average life female expectancy will reach the once unimaginable milestone of 100 in 2057.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11348561/Average-life-expectancy-heading-for-100.html

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50 die under secret 999 policy

 More than 50 patients have died after an NHS trust introduced a secret policy to downgrade 999 calls and not to send ambulances to terminally ill patients. Managers at East of England ambulance trust were accused of “the most cruel form of rationing imaginable” after admitting that 8,000 patients had been affected by the changes.

An internal NHS report discloses that 57 patients died after their calls were downgraded following a decision not to send ambulances to the terminally ill and to those who had given instructions not to resuscitate. It meant that, instead of receiving a response from paramedics in eight minutes, people reporting life-threatening illnesses were given a call back up to 20 minutes later, or had to wait up to an hour for an ambulance.

Click on link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11343952/50-die-under-secret-999-policy.html

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Older women ‘dying earlier due to cuts’: Leaked email reveals officials’ fear after life expectancy started ‘going backwards’

Health officials are investigating a sudden fall in life expectancy amongst the elderly which is particularly stark in women. There is concern it has been triggered by declining hospital care, a lack of GP appointments and cuts to home-help. The alarm was raised by public health bosses in the North West who noted that that life expectancy aged 85 was ‘going backwards’.  And the trend was particularly pronounced for elderly women where, in one local authority, it had dropped from living a further 6.8 years aged 85 in 2011 to just 6.5 years. Public Health England – the Government agency responsible for preventing early death – confirmed the fall in women’s life expectancy had occurred across the country and it was carrying out further analysis to establish the reasons.But senior doctors and MPs are worried it is the beginning of a long-term trend brought about by cuts to the NHS and social care.

The email which triggered the investigation – leaked to Health Service Journal – was sent by Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health in Blackburn with Darwen council, to Public Health England at the end of last month.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2907433/Public-Health-England-leaked-email-reveals-officials-fear-life-expectancy-started-going-backwards.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Diary of a death without dignity – My mothers “Last Six Months” in Hospital by Joanna Slater

January 8th 2008 was the date that my mother passed away in hospital after being in hospital for 6 months. It was 7 years ago, and I still remember as if it were yesterday.

I first started to write these notes purely as a reminder of all the things that happened to my mother throughout the first few weeks when she arrived in hospital for her hip operation.

Each day before I started work I would enter onto my computer all my notes from the previous day. I never thought that I would still be writing six months later. My notes had become an up-to-date diary of my mother and how her condition deteriorated during this terrible, and tragic course of events. It has also allowed me to capture all the memories of our time together, the laughs, the tears, the precious words spoken, and I captured it all.

I published my mother’s notes onto my blog, and then extracts of my mother’s story was published in the Mail on Sunday in June 2011.

I had no idea what would have happened next. I had over one thousand hits on my blog and emails of hundreds of people telling me of their own tragic stories. I knew then that writing my notes was for a reason.

I then self published a book with the full story of my mother’s “Last Six Months” in hospital, including 50 more story’s of the very kind people that had written to me.

Here is the link to the Mail on Sunday in which extracts of my mothers story was shown

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1394300/NHS-hip-operation-mother-died-Daughters-harrowing-account.html

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Kay, my very elegant mother

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Former nurse dies after extreme ambulance and A&E delays – Daughter says she would rather end life than grow old in the UK.

The daughter of a pensioner who died of pneumonia just days after being left for hours lying in agony on a cold floor because no ambulances were available to help has decried the state of the NHS, saying she would rather end life than grow old in the UK.

Helen Forde watched as her 92-year-old mother, Bridget Forde, drifted in and out of consciousness after suffering a fall and breaking her hip last month. Despite serious heart problems and being in severe pain, it took four 999 calls and a wait of more than five hours before an ambulance arrived. Her nearly-blind daughter, who was “unable to see if she’d turned blue”, said she was repeatedly told no help was available.

When paramedics eventually arrived at her home in Birchwood Avenue, Muswell Hill, they were said to be shocked at her condition. Mrs Forde was taken to the Whittington Hospital in Archway where she waited another 14 hours in A&E for a bed. What turned out to be a minor bone fracture ended with her dying of pneumonia six days later (on December 8) – something her daughter is convinced is the result of the slow ambulance response time and an NHS “in crisis”. She said: “The last memory I have of my mother is her lying on that floor in agony. It’s something I can’t forgive nor forget.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/health/former_nurse_dies_after_extreme_ambulance_and_a_e_delays_1_3908811

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Helen Forde holding a photo of her mother Bridget Forde

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Pensioner was found dehydrated and desperately groping for food because nurses didn’t realise she was almost totally blind

This article makes me feel sick to the stomach, also the photo of Margaret slumped over the table reminds me of the photo I took of my mother in hospital. Joanna

A retired teacher was found dehydrated and groping for food in hospital because nurses failed to realise she was virtually blind, her horrified daughter has said. Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, has apologised for ‘fundamental failings’ in its care of 82-year-old Margaret Jones after she was admitted following a fall in June.  Staff were told the pensioner’s eyes could only pick out light and dark after suffering almost total blindness triggered by arteriosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries which restricts blood flow. But when her daughter Rosalind Waite-Jones re-visited her on June 27 – just ten days after she was admitted – she discovered her mother dishevelled, dehydrated and covered in food. It was the result of Mrs Jones desperately groping for items she could not see.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2896211/Pensioner-dehydrated-desperately-groping-food-nurses-didn-t-realise-totally-blind.html

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Desperation: The pensioner, who can only see shades of light and dark, with her head in her hands

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Elderly care: 70,000 of the most frail abandoned by the system – study

More than 70,000 of the most vulnerable elderly people have been effectively abandoned by the care system, with no help or support despite having serious life-limiting disabilities, a new study claims. Analysis by the charity Independent Age concludes that at least two million older people in England have some difficulty performing essential day-to-day task such as washing or dressing. It estimates that 560,000 face a seriously daily struggle with their own basic personal care, unable to perform at least essential tasks. While most of them receive at least some informal care from family or friends if they do not qualify for state-funded support or a place in a care home, it estimates that a core of about 70,000 receive nothing.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11255929/Elderly-care-70000-of-the-most-frail-abandoned-by-the-system-study.html

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Older people in care homes – Watch the ITV Wales program

Wales This Week speaks to those at the heart of the care sector in Wales, including those who have felt let down by the standard of care which is offered by homes in their area. Jill Edwards Thomas is one of the people interviewed on the shocking care her father had in a care home. Please watch

Please click on the link to watch

http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2014-11-11/catch-up-wales-this-week-age-old-problems/

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Most People Don’t Know How To Reach Someone With Alzheimer’s But This Angel Sure Does

Alzheimer’s is on of the most misunderstood diseases. However some Angels on earth like Naomi Feil strive to make people with Alzheimer’s feel happy. She is the founder of Validation Therapy and in this video shares a breakthrough moment of communication with Gladys Wilson, a woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2000 and is virtually non-verbal. To learn more about this therapy visit http://www.memorybridge.org.

Please click below to watch this amazing video

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End of life expert claims new framework permits use of controversial pathway – By Jo Stephenson – Nursing Times.Net

Clinicians are continuing to use the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway for end of life, despite a major review concluding it should be scrapped last year, Nursing Times has been told.

The review, led by Baroness Neuberger, was sparked by a series of national media stories that strongly criticised the care framework and led to it being dubbed a “death pathway”. The review recommended it should be phased out in favour of individual care plans.

Click on the pdf to read more

End of life expert claims new framework permits use of controversial pathway Nursing Times

 

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