Care Homes

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

Clare Pelham | Posted 22.09.2014 | 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 28.08.2014 | 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.

'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, ...