Care Homes

Celebrating LGBT Lives In Care Homes

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

Looking after and valuing older people in our society is fundamental - especially as our population gets older - but it is by no means a simple task. Alongside physical well-being, there are emotional and mental health needs to consider, too. That means providing personalised care, designed around every individual.

Top Tips On Producing A Dietary Plan For Those Living With Dementia

Sophie Murray | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Murray

On a daily basis, I work with care and dining teams to promote high-quality, nutritious ingredients and develop innovations in nutrition and hydration. When creating menus and nutritional programmes, taste always comes first, and the food is then tailored to nutritional needs.

The Importance Of Good Food For Older People

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

We won't become complacent. As England's largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, all the money we generate is ploughed back into our services so we will continue to improve the facilities at both our retirement villages and our care homes for the benefit of all older people.

If You're Old Or Disabled, You Will Have To Keep Waiting For Better Care

Stephen Burke | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The government has recognised that care is in crisis. The Budget has provided some more 'sticking plaster' emergency funding for care via local authorities. How that £2 billion will be distributed and used over the next three years remains to be seen.

Why Don't We Talk About Dysphagia?

Beth Britton | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

My father had dysphagia for the last four years of his life with dementia. A fairly long time, considering how frail and prone to infections he became. But my dad was never one to give up easily, and proudly maintained his status as the person with one of the best appetites in his care home despite not having a tooth in his mouth and living with dysphagia.

Government Must Address Care Home Funding Crisis

Davina Ludlow | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Politics
Davina Ludlow

For the first time ever, 2017 is set to see more elderly people requiring care and support, than there are families to provide it. This is topped by an ageing population and a rapidly rising life expectancy, placing greater demands on care services across the country.

Welcome To Instagran!

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

Author's own Picture this, older people having the time of their lives taking photos of each other and posting them on social media. They say it's ...

Dementia Care In 2016: A Success Story

Davina Ludlow | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Davina Ludlow

Political turmoil has largely characterised the social care scene in 2016, resulting in a continuously changing political landscape and social care ag...

All Talk And Maybe Some Action On The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

An extraordinary second Monday in December may have heralded long-awaited government action to tackle the care crisis. With more than a million older people not getting the help they need and cash-strapped local authorities squeezing fees to fragile care businesses, the care system seems close to collapse. Now all eyes are on the government's funding settlement for councils later this week. Will it simply allow councils to raise council tax to fund care or will it offer something more fundamental?

Tackling The Prevalent Loneliness In London's Care Homes And Mental Health Wards

Judith Elizabeth Davey | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK
Judith Elizabeth Davey

For people with mental health conditions in inpatient wards, loneliness is compounded by stigma and shame. While everyone else on the outside world is carrying on with their lives, they feel shunned and forgotten about.

Right-Sizing, And The Benefits For Generation Rent

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

A more joined-up approach is needed. Addressing the housing crisis by increasing the supply of retirement housing is an opportunity to save billions, and create enormous benefits for both older and younger generations.

Care Homes Need to Do More to Keep Residents Stimulated

Davina Ludlow | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Davina Ludlow

In many care homes, activities are an integral part of a resident's care plan and dedicated activity coordinators are becoming increasingly important. However, we would like to see more care homes in the UK prioritising activities and improving their current programmes so that even more homes can be rated top in this category.

Can Technology Cure the Care Sector?

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Often, at times of crisis, a decision is made to put an old person into a care home. But at a time when the NHS faces mismatch between resources and demand, we must look further afield for a solution to cure Britain's current care crisis - perhaps technology is what will allow us to do more with less.

Initiatives to Tackle Loneliness

Davina Ludlow | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Davina Ludlow

Loneliness has a severe impact on an older person's quality of life and leads to illnesses such as depression and a deterioration of cognitive ability. It is said that loneliness and isolation have a greater effect on mortality than other risk factors such as obesity, and are just as bad for your health as smoking.

Five Warning Signs Your Loved One Needs Care

Davina Ludlow | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Davina Ludlow

Moving a family member into residential care is never an easy decision, it is a difficult step to take both emotionally and practically. Sometimes however, it is the best way to guarantee your loved one's health, safety and happiness.

How Many of Us Rely on Others to Care for Our Loved Ones?

Dave Prentis | Posted 29.01.2017 | UK
Dave Prentis

The work that our care workers do, even in these impossible circumstances, is incredible. But it's impossible to read these stories and not wish for a proper solution to our care crisis. That will require money and political will to achieve. I hope that these are not in too short a supply to help a generation of people to whom we owe so much.

Looking at a Better Solution for Older People in Hospitals

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

The latest report from Government has revealed new steps to encourage hospitals and local authorities to work together with out-of-hospital services to alleviate the issue of people being kept in hospital longer than necessary. A very positive step forward in my eyes and the only way to ensure people, especially older people, are recovering in a suitable environment.

Dementia Awareness, Transparency and Better Pay: What 2015 Has Meant for Care

Davina Ludlow | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Davina Ludlow

While the care sector often receives less attention than the sound bite-ready NHS, we mustn't forget about the significant progress that has been made...

Christmas In a Care Home

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

One of the main themes that I have heard time and time again is the importance of each resident experiencing the Christmas that they want, whether it's a morning tipple in bed or an afternoon of old Christmas films. I have worked in the sector for a number of years and am still struck by the variety of days that make up a care home Christmas.

Specialist Care and Rehabilitation: When Will Funders Understand How Can We Square the Circle?

Johann van Zyl | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Johann van Zyl

There was a wonderful moment when we officially opened our flagship neurological care centre, Eagle Wood. TV presenter and actor Sir Tony Robinson too...

Under-Served: The Gaps in Veteran Support, and What Needs to Change

Louis Reynolds | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Louis Reynolds

The veteran population of the UK is declining rapidly. In 2005, there were 4.8million veterans in the UK. Today, there are 2.83million, and in 2020 there will be 2.48million. In the face of such significant demographic change, the Armed Forces charity sector will have to evolve in some fundamental ways.

Children's Homes Need a Prime Minister That Is Crazy About Them

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

After the Prime Minister's speech to the Conservative Party conference Looked After Children are now, truly, Children in Care, in the care of all of us. To name the scandal of the social exclusion of Children in Care was a brave and necessary thing.

The Single Greatest Problem in the Social Care Sector Is That of Funding

Davina Ludlow | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Davina Ludlow

The debate over the state of the social care sector was reignited last week, after figures were released showing that over 150 allegations of abuse against the elderly are made every day in the UK. A Freedom of Information request to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) revealed 30,000 allegations of abuse in social care services in the first six months of this year.

The Rising Costs of Care Homes

Stephen Burke | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

As families realise what is going on - that they are being expected to pay more and more for care themselves - this will become one of the big political issues in the lead up to the 2020 election. Generations of older people are being let down by the very government they voted for.

A Nursing Crisis

Beth Britton | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

When most people think about nurses, it's usually hospitals that spring to mind. Occasionally some people might identify with their local GP practice nurse or district nurse, but suffice to say that nursing is very much seen within the confines of the NHS. Yet what about social care?