People could be being put off from making complaints about health and adult social care, which is leading to concerns not being identified and providers missing out on opportunities to improve their services.
The home care system is teetering on the verge of crisis with the most vulnerable people seeing a different carer every week, an inquiry has found.
The review – led by Paul Burstow, former care and support minister – criticises lack of organisation that threatens to fail those needing care in their own homes.
Further cuts in social care budgets will erode the capacity to provide vital care and support to disabled and older people and ensure their safety and wellbeing.
Intermediate care services for frail older people must double in capacity to meet increased demand due to an ageing population, a report says.
The 2014 National Audit of Intermediate Care (NAIC) shows that, in spite of similar findings in 2012 and 2013, there has still been no national increase in funding for intermediate care services, which provide an important link between GPs, social care and hospitals.
Wide variations in the quality and safety of care in England are unacceptable and detrimental to the people who use health and care services and their families.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has set out what Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate Adult Social Care would look like across each of the key areas it will routinely inspect services against.
A new comparison website tool has been published that allows health and social care organisations to see how their services compare with those of others.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the Labour Party would address the “ever-increasing hospitalisation” of older people by transforming all hospital trusts and NHS bodies into integrated care organisations.
The way that health and social care are currently organised and funded creates confusion, perverse incentives and much distress for individuals and families.
Home has become a house of horrors for many thousands of disabled people who find it difficult to get through their own front door or use their own kitchens and bedrooms.
One in five people affected by dementia (21%) were given no information and support after a dementia diagnosis, finds a poll carried out by Alzheimer’s Society.
Commissioners are struggling to find innovative ways of integrating the health and social care systems to improve end of life care in some areas, a report finds.
Diabetes UK, in partnership with Bupa, has created Diabetes in Healthcare, a free e-learning programme designed to help improve the knowledge and understanding of diabetes amongst care home workers.
Adult social care services in England will soon be unsustainable if current bedgetary pressures continue, and significant measures are not taken to inject new money into local social care economies.