Care of vulnerable people ‘put in danger’

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The dignity, heath and wellbeing of older people and those with disabilities in England are in danger, health and care groups warn.

In a joint submission to the Treasury ahead of November’s Spending Review, 20 organisations said the care sector was facing a “deepening crisis”.

They have called for funding to councils to be protected, as is happening with the NHS.

Britain’s oldest surviving prisoner of war, 97, is living on charity handouts

In fear of eviction SIX MONTHS after his London council vowed to meet his care costs

  • Robbie Clark, 97, has lived in his Burnt Oak, London, home for 50 years
  • He spent all of his £50,000 life savings over two years on a live-in carer
  • Brent Council apparently vowed to meet care costs following a petition
  • But six months on, council has failed to honour its promise, it is claimed
  • Now, Mr Clark, Britain’s oldest prisoner of war, is living in fear of eviction

A 97-year-old man thought to be Britain’s oldest surviving prisoner of war is living in fear of eviction six months after his council vowed to meet his care costs – and allegedly failed to keep its promise.

Robbie Clark, one of the few UK soldiers to have survived Hitler’s 1,000-mile death march, is also surviving on charity handouts at his north London home, where he has lived for the past 50 years.

Sorry, love: Harrogate care home will use ‘darling’, despite CQC warning

Skills 4 Living centre to continue to use terms of endearment, while CQC says individual preferences must be respected

A carer holding a patient’s hand. Photograph: Terry Vine/Blend Images/Corbis

A Harrogate care home has vowed to continue using terms of endearment such as “love” and “darling” in spite of a warning from inspectors.

The Harrogate Skills 4 Living centre was told to improve its caring after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) overheard carers using terms that “could be regarded as demeaning and patronising”.

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