CARE CRISIS: Abuse and neglect rife in UK care homes, says disturbing new report

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There now requirements to be new measures to understand the scale of the problem, warns the older people’s relief Independent Age.

As many as 52 per cent of people have a negative prospect of life inside a residential home saying there is widespread ssiveness or even cruelty.

Fifteen per cent believe so because they skilled in a resident, five per cent know an employee and a quarter have heard encircling an experience of a friend or family member.

It seems their worries are well-founded as latest icons from care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, show practically 4,000 care homes in England are delivering substandard care or are battling to improve.

There were nearly 40,000 safeguarding risks describing to care homes reported and investigated in England in 2015/2016 and the CQC recently lift up concerns about the fragility of the adult social care market, intimating it might be approaching a ‘tipping point’ after budget cuts.

The bang, ‘Shining a light on care: Helping people make better be attracted to home choices’, found that 85 per cent of those appraised have not visited a friend or relative living in a care home in the prior year.

But of those who have, 45 per cent believe neglect and reproach to be common and the same proportion would describe the overall quality of distress in care homes as bad.

Simon Bottery, director of policy and external interdependences at Independent Age, said: “It’s worrying that so many people say they are basing their perception on personal experience.

“We’re calling for a survey of staff in care homes to heartier understand the scale of the problem. While we hope and expect that invective and neglect is less widespread than believed, it is essential we know for steadfast.”

The charity wants the government to take responsibility for collecting a basic set of heart information about care homes to give earlier warnings of a residence providing poor care.

And the De rtment of Health should also commission a public care staff survey similar to the NHS staff survey asking if team would recommend the provider they work for and whether they hold witnessed neglect or abuse, it said.

A mystery shopping exercise, took out for the report, involved phoning care homes to ask six basic questions everywhere the home.

Only four per cent of care homes spoken to were superior to provide a ‘good’ answer to every question and t40 per cent were powerless to provide a ‘satisfactory’ or ‘good’ answer to all six questions.

Professor ul Burstow, a prior care minister, said, “For most of us, the thought of going into a caution home is often something we only ever think of us as a last resource.

“But when the time comes to choose one, people need a straightforward landscape of what good quality care looks like, what they should shun and what they should ask.

“After all, people choosing a care home base rarely get second chances. Government, regulators and the care industry all deceive a role to play in making choosing a care home easier.”

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