Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.
Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.
What financial support is available for equipment and any necessary adaptations that need to be made to a person’s home when they have had a stroke?
Hi Sheila, my wife will be discharged from hospital shortly, we need financial support to get her battery operated wheelchair and to update our ground floor toilet. She is recovering from stroke which has left her with severe right sided weakness. She had the stroke in 2012 but was very ill in January 2019 had to be admitted to hospital due to bleed in her brain which further restricted movement. She is presently in hospital for rehabilitation. Is there anywhere we can get grants or support for this?
Who should I contact to find out information about accessing care for myself as a person confined to a wheelchair and receiving benefits?
Hi Sheila, who should I contact to find out information about accessing care for myself as a person confined to a wheelchair and receiving benefits?
Can a residential care home refuse to carry out a Continuing Healthcare Assessment prior to transferring my mother to a Nursing Home?
Hi Sheila, my mother has vascular dementia and breast cancer with diabetes 2 and high blood pressure with irritable bowel. She is frail but can walk with a stick, she was placed in a residential care home by social services and is currently funded. She has been there 18 months but she has refused all medications, she is verbally abusive to everyone and tells residents the food is poisoned so they refuse the cooked meals. The home has now said she needs to be in a nursing care as they cannot meet her needs. I understand this and I have asked them to do a Continuing Health Care Assessment while she is still with them. I don’t feel they are happy to do this and they have suggested a nursing home but I would like the assessment done before she is moved. Can they refuse to do it and if so who can I get to do it for us?
Are family carers or friends of a family able to claim to be self employed carers?
Hi Sheila, are family carers or friends of a family able to claim to be self employed carers? CQC states that family carers do not have to register even when they do personal care but what would be the situation if they declared that they are a self employed? Also if they provide care to more than one person does this help them to achieve this status?
Can a social worker arrange care home placement with staff?
Hi Sheila, can a social worker arrange care home placement with staff? Or should they do this with managers?
What are the benefits of the Care Certificate to individuals in the care sector?
Hi Sheila, I have worked in care for twenty seven years. Now my employer is making me do the Care Certificate. What is the point of completing this and what is the importance?
Do Day Care Centres need to be Registered with the CQC?
Hello Sheila, I am planing to open a day centre for adults with complex needs. I have a couple of questions regarding this, do i need to have a registered manager and do I need to register with CQC?
Can I register with CQC while I am studying NVQ 5?
Hi Sheila, can I register with CQC while am studying NVQ 5?
Do I need to complete the Care Certificate if I already hold an NVQ3 in Health and Social Care?
Hi Sheila, I currently hold an NVQ 3 in health and social care and have been a health care assistant for thirteen years working in a number of fields. I have started a new job and am now in my sixth month and they have informed me that I need to attend the care certificate course, this does not seem to be right?
Are you allowed to self medicate at the age of seventy?
Hi Sheila, are you allowed to self medicate at seventy?