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Healthwatch report is another signal that social care is in crisis-Alzheimer’s Society

Healthwatch report is another signal that social care is in crisis-Alzheimer’s Society

Healthwatch England have analysed the experiences of 3,415 home care users, their families and front line staff across 52 local areas between August 2015 and June 2017. Over 400,000 people with dementia use home care services. Most people surveyed were positive about their home care , saying it was an invaluable service that enabled people […]

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ADASS responds to Healthwatch report on homecare

ADASS responds to Healthwatch report on homecare

Responding to a report by Healthwatch England on homecare services, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:   “This report provides a welcome insight into a vital service which many of us will need at some point in our lifetimes.   “Homecare is essential to enabling older and […]

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Best efforts of local authorities are not enough to avert the growing care crisis

Best efforts of local authorities are not enough to avert the growing care crisis

Responding to a study by Healthwatch England on home care provision, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “Home care services provide the vital support for some of our most vulnerable citizens to remain independent in their own homes. Councils are committed to driving up standards of care […]

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Healthwatch report points out fragility of care system says UKHCA

Healthwatch report points out fragility of care system says UKHCA

Welcoming an analysis of the views of older and disabled people by Healthwatch England, Bridget Warr CBE, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, said: “As a society, we should be proud that the vast majority of people receive good support at home, but concerned that this is not always the case. “Healthwatch’s report […]

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Healthwatch report opens the door on home care services

Healthwatch report opens the door on home care services

Across England there are more than 8,500 home care providers, collectively helping an estimated 673,000 people to continue living independently within their communities. Over the last year, the number of local Healthwatch citing home care as a priority has doubled. Home care, also known as domiciliary care, can include regular visits from a carer to […]

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The stark reality of care – An extra 71000 care home beds needed by 2025

The stark reality of care – An extra 71000 care home beds needed by 2025

The Lancet: An extra 71000 care home places will be needed by 2025 in England as care needs increase, study predicts. As life expectancy increases, so too have the number of years that older adults spend with substantial care needs, now reaching an average of 3.0 years for women and 2.4 years for men aged […]

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Getting care right but still getting it wrong? Time to embrace transparent feedback?

Getting care right but still getting it wrong? Time to embrace transparent feedback?

The key points are that the majority of residents and relatives Healthwatch spoke with considered the care they received to be good, with innovative homes showing what is possible without breaking the bank. However, volunteer visitors also witnessed homes not getting the basics right with even those providing excellent care failing to tick all the […]

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Alzheimer’s Society comments on Healthwatch report warning of the dangers of poor hospital discharge

Alzheimer’s Society comments on Healthwatch report warning of the dangers of poor hospital discharge

Healthwatch England have today launched a report revealing the human and financial impact of getting the discharge process from hospital wrong. ‘Safely Home: What happens when people leave hospitals and care settings?’ – collates 3,230 stories and pieces of evidence from 101 local Healthwatch from across the country. The report highlights five key problems, including […]

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NHS Confederation welcomes Healthwatch’s focus on joined-up, patient-focused healthcare

NHS Confederation welcomes Healthwatch’s focus on joined-up, patient-focused healthcare

Responding to today’s ‘Safely Home’ report by independent consumer champion Healthwatch, the NHS Confederation has welcomed the report’s focus on individual patient experience and good system-wide healthcare coordination.   Phil McCarvill, deputy policy director of the NHS Confederation, said:   “Every patient has a story about their care and the vast majority are positive, but […]

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Healthwatch England releases report on preventable loss of millions wasted when people leave hospital

Healthwatch England releases report on preventable loss of millions wasted when people leave hospital

GETTING HOSPITAL DISCHARGE RIGHT EVERY TIME WOULD STOP SUFFERING AND SAVE MILLIONS OF POUNDS, SAYS PATIENT WATCHDOG   New report by Healthwatch England reveals stories of over 3,000 people from vulnerable groups and their experiences of the discharge process. Five key problems identified including poor communication and coordination between services and people not being involved […]

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