Care Homes

Relieving Loneliness With Pets

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

Backing this up, Anchor's new research has found that 30% of those aged over 65 think a pet reduces feelings of anxiety and 28% believe they increase happiness. Tellingly of the companionship and comfort pets can offer, the majority of older pet owners said they rely more on their pets for company than they do on their friends, children or neighbours.

Funding Early Help Can Reduce The Number Of Children Going Into Care

Sam Royston | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK
Sam Royston

Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, happy home as they negotiate what can seem a daunting world - especially during their teenage years with all the challenges of school, exams and peer pressure.

Confusion And Worry Around Social Care In The UK Must Stop

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

In an ideal world, we'd all plan ahead for later life, both for ourselves and our loved ones. In reality, this isn't always possible and certainly isn...

Live Your Values, Don't Just Promote Them

Beth Britton | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Beth Britton

As a result, to say I am highly sceptical about the way care providers aggressively promote themselves in slick brochures and films is an understatement. As the Dispatches programme showed, Bupa are very good at promoting their values, less good at living them in all of the care homes that carry their branding.

Why You Should Never Promise Your Parents You Won't Put Them Into A Care Home (And Why Parents Should Never Ask)

Claire Goodman | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Claire Goodman

The recent furore around so-called "dementia tax" has placed the costs of care homes firmly at the forefront of public debate and consequently minds. ...

Making Care Fair - Six Things The New Government Should Do

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

It's been a noisy few months since Theresa May called the snap election back in March, with a huge focus on health and social care. Our new government is no doubt going to be busy. To lend a helping hand, here are some tips on the wisest moves our government can make to protect our health and social care sectors.

The Role Of Creativity And Technology In Dementia Care

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

This Dementia Awareness Week we have seen incredible first-person accounts of how creativity and technology can make living with dementia more manageable. Although we don't have a cure for the disease, there are still innumerable ways to bring as much joy as possible to the lives of those living with dementia.

Nutrition: Eating For Health May Not Follow Healthy Eating

Sophie Murray | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Murray

However, when it comes to older people, we must accompany this general guide with a flexible approach to nutrition that emphasises personal choice and individual freedom. The unique circumstances faced by people of older age mean we must sometimes modify and re-shape the Eatwell Guide to enhance both physical and mental wellbeing.

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 30.09.2017 | 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 06.08.2017 | 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 06.07.2017 | 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 23.06.2017 | 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.