Care Homes

Abolish Not Demolish Institutional Care

Sara McKee | Posted 09.04.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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.

'Gay' Is Just an Adjective

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Anyone who grasps the issues knows that the adopters are not (normally) the cause of the child's trauma. The most devastating trauma stems from the splitting of parent and child. Adoptees are afflicted by separation trauma. There is no such thing as 'given-to-gays' trauma.

The Best Is Yet to Come

Ian Spero | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Spero

The question is when are you too old to rock n roll? I don't know about you but I intend to make the most of my senior years. I certainly can't imagine wasting away in an institutional 'care' home. I'm aiming to be self-sufficient, living in my own 'connected' home, assisted by enabling technologies.

Government Fund for Adopters - Commendable or Glaringly Inadequate?

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Abuse and neglect have obvious emotional, physical and psychological costs. The monetary impact is more challenging to analyse and anyone who does so risks vitriolic accusations of being as cold, insentient and azoic as the calculator used to make their estimates.

Record Number Of People In Care Homes Have Dementia

PA | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Less than half of dementia sufferers living in care homes enjoy a good quality of life, a charity has warned as it revealed that record numbers of peo...

Care Cap Is an Immoral Scandal

John Higginson | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Politics
John Higginson

Modern science really is a miracle. In the last 100 years life expectancy has almost doubled from 42 at the turn of the century to 77 now for men and 82 for women. But with this extra life has come a problem.

What Do You Want for Your Future?

Mike Biddle | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Biddle

We did a survey recently and three quarters of the people we asked wanted an alternative to a care home if they become dependent in older age. We believe this means there is a need for innovative thinking to revolutionise long-term care, including how it is delivered and what it should look like.

Charlie Thomas

'I'm A Believer In Being In Business In Spite Of Government...' (INTERVIEW)

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK

Falklands veteran Tony Banks is the founder of Balhousie, the largest private care home group for the elderly in Scotland. Today, the group employ...

'Big Brother' Care Homes For The Elderly On Trial

PA | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A benign "Big Brother" house that watches over its old, disabled or vulnerable residents is undergoing trials in the UK. About a dozen homes in Sco...

Children Being Subjected To 'Violent And Sadistic' Sexual Abuse

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK

Children in care homes are being subjected to sexual abuse of a "violent and sadistic nature", England's Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz...

Experts: Let Dementia Patients Have Sex

PA | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK

Care home patients suffering from dementia should be allowed to participate in consensual sex, experts said. Safety fears and ageism towards elderl...

Grow Old Gracefully - The Best is Yet to Come

Kate Thompson | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Thompson

So many of today's stars are chosen to look as close to perfect as possible. Most female celebrities don't have visible eye-bags or spots or jowels or wrinkles like some of us do. Tess Daly, even in her 40s, is more polished than most women in their 20s and 30s. And yet she's teamed on Strictly Come Dancing with ageing 80-something Bruce Forsyth...

Care Homes 'Failing Children'

PA | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK

An independent investigation is needed into England's children's homes which are failing to manage and protect youngsters who run away or go missing, ...

Why the Public Sector are Right to Strike

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

The public sector, in my opinion is the most important of all the job areas in the UK, for they are the people employed to maintain some sense of order and safety amongst all us everyday loons who fart about on a daily basis landing ourselves in all sorts of mishaps.

Thousands of Children Who Run Away From Care are Failed by the Agencies Who Are Supposed to Protect Them

Ann Coffey | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics
Ann Coffey

We know that running away or going missing is a key indicator that a child might be at risk or in need. Children in care are three times more likely to run away than children living at home.

Pensioners Facing 'Life Of Misery And Fear' Cameron Warned

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK

David Cameron has been warned by a group of leading charities that pensioners could face a life of "misery and fear" without reforms to social care. ...

80-Year-Old Alzheimer's Patient 'Beaten By Carer'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK

Footage of an Alzheimer's sufferer being repeatedly beaten by a member of staff at a care home will be screened on Monday night. The clips claim to...

Neglected, Patronised And Undignified: Report Lambasts Care For The Elderly

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK

The health needs of elderly people are considered a "secondary requirement" in some of Britain's care homes, a report has found. Certain institutio...

Plans For Public To Rate Care Homes

PA | Posted 09.02.2012 | UK

Members of the public will be able to rate care homes for the elderly on a new website under plans being developed by the Government. All care prov...

Ten Charged Over Care Home Abuse After Panorama Investigation

PA | Posted 28.01.2012 | UK

Ten staff at a care home at the centre of a BBC Panorama investigation into allegations of abuse of vulnerable patients have been charged with a strin...

Pensioner Leaves UK For New Zealand, At The Age Of 102

The Huffington Post UK | Olivia Williams | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK

British pensioner, Louise Sydes, has decided to emigrate to New Zealand at the age of 102 because her care home in Kent is being demolished. The th...

Children Suffer As Adoption Rates Hit New Low

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK

Only 60 babies were adopted in the UK in 2010, according to shocking statistics published by the Department of Education. The figure highlights a ...

Woman Arrested After Care Home Resident Dies In Reported Insulin Overdose

PA | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A woman has been arrested after a care home resident died and two others were taken to hospital. The three patients were taken...