A massive congratulations to Ceri Mawson who was previously a Paralegal in our Health & Community Care Team, for securing a training contract with us. Ceri completed her first degree in Politics with International Relations, and then achieved a Distinction in her Graduate Diploma in Law, which she studied for part-time whilst working at M&T.
We are currently receiving a number of enquiries from families who are confused as to why they are suddenly being asked to pay for care. Typically these cases involve many elderly or vulnerable people who, instead of returning home were discharged from hospital during the first lock down into various types of accommodation. There were also many people who were urgently moved from home into a care home placement due to a rapid deterioration in their condition and concern that the package of support at home ( and all the risks that went with that ) was insufficient to meet their needs.
Further to the Government’s announcement on the 5th November that there would be an extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until 31 March 2021, guidance has now been issued on the continued operation of the scheme.
A news story emerging over the past few days has been that of Ylenia Angeli and her daughter Leandra Ashton (a former Coronation Street actress) who ‘stole’ Ms Angeli’s mother, who is 97 and has a diagnosis of dementia, from the care home in which she was residing. Ms Angeli was arrested after the care home called the police, apparently because Ms Angeli physically removed her mother from the care home and refused to return her. Ms Ashton appears to have filmed much of the incident, with the video showing an elderly lady sat in the front of a car whilst Ms Angeli sits in the back of a police car, handcuffed. Ms Angeli’s mother was returned to the care home by the police, and she was de-arrested.
As we have now officially entered into another national lockdown, we have already started to receive call from worried relatives concerned as to if and how they can see their relative in a care home over the upcoming month. We are pleased to say that the government has recognised the importance of visits to residents of a care home.
With a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit I snuggled down to read the latest report from the PHSO regarding the current state of CHC funding with much anticipation! The previous report was 2007 which led to an overhaul of the National Framework and, in light of the battles we have been having with CHC assessments, I was hoping this report would pack a mighty punch!
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recently found that Care UK were charging an “unfair additional fee towards essential care” to residents who had their care funded by the NHS. Care UK has agreed to pay more than £1m in refunds to those residents who have been charged the additional fee since October 2015.
Following the government’s announcement of a second national lockdown from 5th November to 2nd December to try and stem the rising pandemic, the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed that the housing market will remain open and continue to operate during this period.
With the government’s announcement yesterday of a new nationwide lockdown from 5th November to 2nd December, as part of the new restrictions, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) will be extended to cover this lockdown period.