Care Homes

Are Hybrid Care Worker-Nurses the Solution to Nurse Shortages in Care Homes?

Davina Ludlow | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
Davina Ludlow

Care England's recent report into the state of social care should be a serious concern for us all. The report starkly highlights that an inability to ...

Opening Up Care Homes

Beth Britton | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

We knew nothing about life in care homes before we needed to find one for my dad, and even during my dad's nine years in three different care homes I wouldn't exactly describe them as hubs of community interest.

Finally, A Plan To Stop Children's 'Depressing Route From Care To Custody'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK

A review into why children in care are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system has been launched, aimed at stopping the "depressing route...

His Name Is Charles - Age UK Launches a Poignant Film About Human Rights For Older People Abused In Care

Nicky Hawkins | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK
Nicky Hawkins

Everyone should be able to get compassionate care which respects their human rights. We all deserve to be cared for by people who know our name and who help us to thrive. That's why we need to talk about human rights for older people, and why we're asking people to share this film.

Visiting Care Homes: The Forgotten Duty

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Visiting a care home taught us many lessons. As soon as we arrived, we were struck by their smiles and happiness. Their eyes lighted up and their faces broke out into smiles. It was easy to see what a difference it made for their moods and state of minds.

British Pensioners: Please Keep Heckling

Ellie Slee | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ellie Slee

When I saw David Cameron heckled by pensioners at the Age UK conference, my heart swelled. Watching him say that his government had given people 'dignity and security in old age' was the biggest load of shit I've seen in some time, and my cat had diarrhoea last week.

Will the Short-Changing of Care Providers Ever Come to an end?

Davina Ludlow | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Davina Ludlow

As someone who has worked in the care sector for over 17 years, the report's findings were all too familiar. People are living longer, yet our current infrastructure is unable to cope, and so many people are suffering as a result. How is it fair that these vulnerable people - who have worked hard all their lives - are being asked to pay over the odds for their care?

Dementia: No Hollywood Ending For Anyone

Paul Marshall | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

This weekend, tens of thousands of people will be flocking to the cinema to see Still Alice with Julianne Moore portraying a woman with early onset Alzheimer's. They'll undoubtedly be able to identify and sympathise with what's happening on the screen because even if dementia is not directly affecting them...

'Still Alice', An Account of an Oscar Winner From Lesley Loizou, Who Works With People Living With Dementia

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

With awards season is in full swing, it was great to see dementia being brought to the forefront of conversation as Julianne Moore was awarded an Oscar for her role in Still Alice. One person in particular who was touched by the film was Lesley Loizou who works at Anchor's West Hall, a care home that offers specialist dementia care.

Lucy Sherriff

Vulnerable Youths Are Kicked Out Of Care Homes When They're 18. Here's Why That Needs To Change.

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

At the moment, vulnerable teenagers are kicked out of care homes shortly after their 18th birthday, regardless of their emotional or mental wellbeing....

Crossword Solutions

Jim Sherifi | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jim Sherifi

There are thousands of recently retired or soon to retire GPs, mainly doing so before 65 years of age, who, like myself, still enjoy clinical medicine but can't be bothered with all the rest of the guff clogging up primary care.

Why Surveillance Cameras in Care Homes Are a Bad Idea

Davina Ludlow | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Davina Ludlow

Last week, the social care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, agreed to publish guidance for the public and care home providers on the use of overt and covert surveillance in care homes.

Disabled People More Likely to Be Seen on the Streets Than on Our Screens

Clare Pelham | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clare Pelham

When was the last time you saw a disabled person on TV? Our research shows more than half of us are more likely to see a disabled person on the street rather than on our screens. And one in six of us have no recollection of disabled people in any media at all.

Never Stop Learning

Beth Britton | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Eighty percent of the older people living in one of the featured care homes go out to do activities on a daily basis, and children come into the care home from the local school to do intergenerational work.

Dancing Because You're Happy Isn't Just For Young Folk, You Know

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

August is HuffPost UK Lifestyle's Month of Happiness and boy, do the people in this video make us smile. An impressive 60 residents and staff from ...

Older Homeowners Need Help With Downsizing

Stephen Burke | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

As house prices continue to rise, you might expect that a growing number of older homeowners are looking to downsize their home and cash in some of th...

Care in Crisis - a Perfect Storm?

Stephen Burke | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Stephen Burke

Two news stories this week demonstrated the growing crisis in care for older people.First there were reports that the cost of a care home place is outstripping older people's incomes. Then councils said that they are hopelessly underfunded to deliver the government's reforms of paying for care.

Is a Minister for Older People the Answer to Neglect, Loneliness and Poor Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Making life better for older people would benefit people of all ages for generations to come. Will the government rise to the challenge of our ageing population and appoint a Minister for Older People?

Rocking on Heaven's Door

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Jamie Stangroom

What is it about rock stars that won't make them quit while they're ahead? ... I mean, just think of some of the more hedonistic behaviour - eating bats (Ozzy Osbourne), the shark episode (Led Zepellin), urinating on the Alamo (Osbourne again) - if any of them behaved like that in a nursing home then they'd be dosed up and diagnosed with senile dementia.

Special Measures for Care Homes - a Last Resort

Stephen Burke | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
Stephen Burke

It was inevitable that the government would extend 'special measures' to failing care homes and home care agencies having used the regime with some su...

There's No Joy in Middle Age

Paul Marshall | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

When you're 50 and above, there's a raft of conditions you're susceptible to. If you're a man, these include prostate cancer, high blood pressure and heart failure. One in five have a fatal coronary before they're 75.

Home Is Where the Heart (Defibrillator) Is

Paul Marshall | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

It's a sad fact of life (and death) that the majority of us are destined to end our days in a care home. Or if recent and continuing news stories are to be believed, a couldn't care less home.

Abolish Not Demolish Institutional Care

Sara McKee | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McKee

What we need is fewer rules so staff have more freedom to create the environment and experience that meets the needs of their customer. It's simple really. Give staff space to do their job, provide the training and support to help them master their role, and empower them to make the decisions on the day.

'What Big, Sad, Scary Prospects You Have, Ungrandma!" Non-Grandparents: What to Do About Our Futures?

Paula Coston | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, and have never had children - not my choice. Many of my same-age friends and family are preparing to enjoy the arrival of the next generation beyond, an experience that I'll no doubt take pleasure in by proxy, but still, that I'll miss out on for myself.

Time for a Positive Revolution in Older People's Lives

Sara McKee | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Sara McKee

Nearly a day doesn't go by when there's a headline in the UK about government cuts impacting older people, residential homes shutting down or elder abuse. It's fair to say that everyone knows the system is broken yet not a lot of progress is being made to fix it.