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Care for the elderly is not good enough

Basic care for elderly ‘lacking’

By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News

Elderly patient in hospital corridor The CQC looked at standards across care homes and hospitals

Basic care for the elderly in hospitals and care homes in England is still not good enough, the regulator says.

The Care Quality Commission report, based on a snapshot of services, found about a third failed to meet all the standards for nutrition and dignity.

It cited examples of call-bells being left unanswered, bad manners and a lack support at meal times.

It comes after the NHS was criticised by the Stafford Hospital scandal public inquiry for not putting patients first.

The Stafford report, published last month, said the NHS system was more focused on corporate self-interest than getting services right.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections were carried out before those findings were released.

‘Meal Mates’ feeding scheme helps patients get their meals

KING’S LYNN: Getting matey at mealtimes

Meal Mates feeding scheme at Tilney Ward in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Helen Wise the meal time co-ordinator with patient Jean Hill.Meal Mates feeding scheme at Tilney Ward in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Helen Wise the meal time co-ordinator with patient Jean Hill.

Published on Saturday 9 March 2013 09:30

Volunteers at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital have been swapping their desks for dinner trays to help create a mealtime community on the wards and encourage patients to enjoy their food.

The Meal Mates scheme was introduced in August 2011, prompted by staff concerns at the national reports suggesting that patients in some UK hospitals were going without food and drink because nursing staff were too busy to look after them.

Although no allegations had been made against ward staff at the QEH, staff were concerned that on some wards, those with older patients including some with dementia, that nurses were unable to give patients the time and support needed during mealtimes.

Scheme helps patients home from Hospital

Home from Hospital scheme helps ease patients back into everyday life

10:00am Sunday 3rd March 2013 in News

Kempton Cannon and Home from Hospital co-ordinator Sally Hinds at his Addingham bungalow Kempton Cannon and Home from Hospital co-ordinator Sally Hinds at his Addingham bungalow

For pensioner Kempton Cannon, returning to his empty house after a spell in hospital was set to be a daunting prospect.

The 90-year-old former painter and decorator, of Addingham, was anxious about how he would cope back home living alone.

But now, as a ground-breaking project expands across the whole of Bradford and Airedale for the first time, a package of help and support is available to Mr Cannon and hundreds of patients like him.

Set up a year ago, Home from Hospital is an initiative designed to ease adults of all ages safely back into everyday life after discharge from hospital.

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