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A new dementia atlas, published by the government, reveals patchy NHS care for the condition across England.
While some regions on the map appear to meet national standards in terms of offering regular reviews and support, others fall short, says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
He said tackling the disease was a key priority and the new atlas should drive improvements.
Charities said the “postcode lottery” of care was unacceptable.
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The performance of every care home in England can now be compared on an NHS website.
Homes have been added to My NHS, part the NHS Choices site, allowing users to leave ratings and reviews to help other people assess services.
Each care home is scored on its level of safety, staff turnover and food hygiene, among other standards.
The National Care Association said if information was not up to date, it could be “unfair” to care providers.
On the website, a database can be searched using a postcode, region or home name to check on facilities with or without nursing.
People can access:
- User reviews – including star ratings
- Care Quality Commission inspection ratings of care homes
- Food Hygiene Standard rating
- Levels of staff turnover
- Whether the home has a registered manager in post
- Key information such as location, services on offer, contact details
To check out care homes in England visit the My NHS website.
Crisis talks have taking place between care home owners and council leaders amid mounting concern a large number of providers are preparing to pull out of the market.
A report report last week warned 37,000 beds – nearly 10% – could go by 2020.
It blamed the fees paid by councils and pressure from the national living wage.
Charities will also be represented at the meeting with all sides calling for extra funding .
Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said: “Faced with increasing costs and falling fee levels, many smaller care providers will go to the wall, jeopardising the care of thousands of vulnerable people.” He said the meeting in London discussed contingency planning for mass home closures and the collapse of many small providers.
Groups such as Age UK and Carers UK also attended with some of the big care companies and council representatives.
Unlike the NHS social care is not free. The sector is a mix of over 65s who pay for themselves and those who get local authority help towards the costs.
There are more than 400,000 elderly care home residents in England with more than half council-funded in part.
But the fees paid in those situations are sometimes as much as half what someone paying their own way has to find.
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A million older people in England struggling with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing, are being left to fend for themselves, campaigners say.
The Age UK review identified more than three million people aged over 65 with a care need, but found just two-thirds of them were actually getting help.
There are 10 million people over the age of 65 in England, the review said, and more than 3 million struggle with tasks such as washing, dressing, eating and going to the toilet.
Just over one million pay for care or rely on family and friends with another 850,000 supported by their local councils. But that leaves another one million who have to fend for themselves.
The review identified the following activities that older people find difficult:
16% have difficulty getting dressed
12% struggle with bathing
7% find it hard to get out of bed on their own
4% find it difficult to use the toilet
3% struggle to eat without help
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