More cash for Wirral care providers

Graham Hodkinson, director of adult social care

Graham Hodkinson, director of adult social care

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Editor

AN INCREASE in fees paid to independent providers of residential and nursing home care in Wirral looks set to be agreed.

The proposed annual increase has been developed to help homes meet standards required by watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

There are 111 care homes in the borough and, according to a statement from the council today, the proposal will help them “invest appropriately in meeting standards and providing appropriate levels of staffing.”

A report to next week’s cabinet meeting says it's critical to strike the correct balance between cost and quality to ensure standards are maintained and “best value” achieved.

Graham Hodkinson, director of adult social care, said: ‘This investment demonstrates the council’s commitment to supporting people that need residential care.

“It will enable residential care providers to meet essential standards and to provide care with dignity for the people who need it."

Several Wirral homes have come under fire following inspections by the Care Quality Commission.

In July, Mother Redcaps in Wallasey became the fifth this year to fail to meet required standards.

The CQC issued its management with a formal warning after finding the 51-bed home was failing to comply with Government regulations covering management of medicines.

But Redcaps was just the latest in a line of non-compliance.

In January, inspectors found Kingsley House, New Brighton, had failed to meet seven Government quality standards.

In March, the commission inspected Seabank House, Wallasey, and found people who used the service may have been "at risk" from staff who were not appropriately trained or appraised.

In April, Victoria House, also in Wallasey, was found to have not safeguarded against the risk of abuse. The commission was also concerned about residents' welfare, management of medicines and how care was monitored.

And in June, an inspection of the Anchorage Nursing Home in Hoylake found clients’ medical records were not fully compliant.

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5:17pm Thu 11 Oct 12

council officer says...

Wow, £2.06p a day. That's gonna lift the standards eh!!!
Wow, £2.06p a day. That's gonna lift the standards eh!!! council officer
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12:02am Fri 12 Oct 12

pcs1980 says...

Any increase will not be used to raise standards by the way of investing in better quality facilities, more qualified/ experienced staff or further training of existing staff.
Any increase will be absorbed by the owners, while they spend the extra money driving around in expensive cars & multiple holidays abroad, they will leave the vulnerable people with staff that are overworked, underpaid, inexperienced & unqualified.
This won't improve things for the client only improve the lifestyle of the owners.
Any increase will not be used to raise standards by the way of investing in better quality facilities, more qualified/ experienced staff or further training of existing staff. Any increase will be absorbed by the owners, while they spend the extra money driving around in expensive cars & multiple holidays abroad, they will leave the vulnerable people with staff that are overworked, underpaid, inexperienced & unqualified. This won't improve things for the client only improve the lifestyle of the owners. pcs1980
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1:42am Fri 12 Oct 12

PeteSheff says...

In many cases I have to tend to agree.
In many cases I have to tend to agree. PeteSheff
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1:42pm Fri 12 Oct 12

woodyres2 says...

What utter rubbish !!

The Council forget to tell you that care fees were cut by 9.5% in April 2011 & 2.5% in 2010.

This year there have been "negotiations" with Care home owners since April 2012 and having seen the cabinet report I note that the fee for the most vulnerable people with nursing needs and dementia is actually going to be cut in 2 of the proposals by £10 a week. The third option (the preferred one) offers no increase at all for EMI nursing.

This plays right into the hands of greedy & unscrupulous care home owners who use this as an excuse to then cut staff hours and pay.

Once again the most vulnerable are being targetted when it comes to cuts.
What utter rubbish !! The Council forget to tell you that care fees were cut by 9.5% in April 2011 & 2.5% in 2010. This year there have been "negotiations" with Care home owners since April 2012 and having seen the cabinet report I note that the fee for the most vulnerable people with nursing needs and dementia is actually going to be cut in 2 of the proposals by £10 a week. The third option (the preferred one) offers no increase at all for EMI nursing. This plays right into the hands of greedy & unscrupulous care home owners who use this as an excuse to then cut staff hours and pay. Once again the most vulnerable are being targetted when it comes to cuts. woodyres2
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1:46pm Fri 12 Oct 12

woodyres2 says...

pcs1980 wrote:
Any increase will not be used to raise standards by the way of investing in better quality facilities, more qualified/ experienced staff or further training of existing staff. Any increase will be absorbed by the owners, while they spend the extra money driving around in expensive cars & multiple holidays abroad, they will leave the vulnerable people with staff that are overworked, underpaid, inexperienced & unqualified. This won't improve things for the client only improve the lifestyle of the owners.
Yes, you are right there pcs1980.
[quote][p][bold]pcs1980[/bold] wrote: Any increase will not be used to raise standards by the way of investing in better quality facilities, more qualified/ experienced staff or further training of existing staff. Any increase will be absorbed by the owners, while they spend the extra money driving around in expensive cars & multiple holidays abroad, they will leave the vulnerable people with staff that are overworked, underpaid, inexperienced & unqualified. This won't improve things for the client only improve the lifestyle of the owners.[/p][/quote]Yes, you are right there pcs1980. woodyres2
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