In Victorian society the workhouse represented the underbelly of society, where anyone who was poor, homeless, unemployed or ill was sent to live.
With no benefits system in place, destitute people were either left to starve on the streets or forced to submit themselves to the harsh conditions of the workhouse where they worked ten hours a day doing menial tasks such as breaking rocks up or picking apart ropes.
In this two part series, presenter Fern Britton, actress Kiera Chaplin, actor Brian Cox, actress Felicity Kendal and author Barbara Taylor Bradford go back to the sites of the workhouses where their ancestors lived to find out what happened to them.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Secrets from the Workhouse - Nursing home care in the United Kingdom - Netflix
In 2002, nursing homes in the United Kingdom became known as care homes with nursing, and residential homes became known as care homes. In the United Kingdom care homes and care homes with nursing are regulated by separate organisations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. To enter a care home, a candidate patient needs an assessment of needs and of their financial condition from their local council. The candidate may also have an assessment by a nurse, should the patient require nursing care.
Secrets from the Workhouse - Means testing - Netflix
The cost of a care home is means tested in England. As of April 2009, the lower capital limit is £13,500. At this level, all income from pensions, savings, benefits and other sources, except a “personal expenses allowance” (currently £21.90 per week), goes towards paying the care home fees. The local council pays the remaining contribution provided the room occupied is not more expensive than the local council's normal rate. The NHS has full responsibility for funding the whole placement if the resident meets the criteria for NHS continuing healthcare. This is identified by a multidisciplinary assessment process.
Secrets from the Workhouse - References - Netflix