Care Homes

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 18.02.2016 | 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 29.01.2016 | 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 26.01.2016 | 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 24.12.2015 | 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 21.12.2015 | 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 12.11.2015 | 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 10.11.2015 | 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?

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

Davina Ludlow | Posted 30.06.2016 | 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 25.06.2016 | 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. | 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....