UK Care

Should People Register as Autistic?

Robyn Steward | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robyn Steward

Let me try to explain. GP's computer systems have things called READ codes, they are put on to people's notes. For example there are READ codes for gender, age band (e.g 18-25), whether you are a smoker or non-smoker, aswell as specific health conditions.

I Wasn't Able to Take a Step back From the Day to Day Care and Be Her Daughter

Gail Walter | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gail Walter

We weren't offered a care package or any carers. I wish we had been. We could have done with the help at the time and I could have been her daughter. I regretted that afterwards, that I wasn't able to take a step back from the day to day care and be her daughter like she would have liked me to be.

Liberating Motherhood

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

The mother in western culture in the twenty-first century faces a huge number of obstacles before her in her attempts to frame her life with 'autonomy' and 'self-determination': or, simply put, the right to live and control one's own life. Mothers feel immense social and economic pressure to 'get a job', or feel the strain of 'doing it all' when they do.

'Care' Should Not Be a Dirty Word

Louise Bours | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Louise Bours

For such a small, simple expression with huge connotations, "care" seems to have become a dirty word. It makes people feel uneasy - embarrassed at the standard of care many of our elderly and vulnerable people receive, and embarrassed at the level of support for the carers themselves.

Care Crisis Reality Comes Home to Roost

Stephen Burke | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

It's taken less than two weeks for the sticking plaster in the Chancellor's spending review to come off and expose the gaping wound that is care for o...

The Danger of Making Assumptions

Pippa Kelly | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Pippa Kelly

I recently published a short story about a woman's tortuous but ultimately successful attempt to give birth to an IVF baby. It was inspired by, but n...

Life Is What Is Happening When You Are With the Ones You Love

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

I want to share something I have written recently but have sat on, busy with life, busy with the children, busy trying to make time with my husband, and busy trying to set aside time for myself which is free from writing, reading, studying or worrying.

Disability Cuts 'Forcing People To Sleep Fully-Clothed In Wheelchairs'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK

Disabled people are sleeping fully-clothed in their wheelchairs and surviving on biscuits due to social care cuts, a new report has revealed. Many ...

Milly and the Decline in Social Care

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

Unless the social care funding position improves the future looks bleak for older people like Milly and hundreds of thousands like her. It also threatens to bring our hospitals to a grinding halt, because every day many older people are in hospital beds when really they are medically fit to go home, owing simply to a shortage of social care.

Take Care: What Does It Mean?

Sonja Lewis | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

There is no point in waiting until the pressure has lessened to take a deep breath. To take care in the midst of anxiety often means letting go of stress. Easier said than done, isn't it? And more so for some of us than others.

Farewell to the Cap - Where Next for Care Funding?

Stephen Burke | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The question is whether the government is prepared to use the opportunity of scrapping the cap to fund and deliver a much better and fairer system to pay for better care.

The Cruelest Cut

Mik Scarlet | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Please put yourself in the position of the disabled people who are losing their ILF support, understand how fearful they are about the future and join them to say no, that's enough. This is one cut we really do not need to carry out. Ask your MP to reinstate the ILF and give dignity back to those disabled people who require a high level of support. It's not too much to ask.

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.

It's Time to Change the Perceptions of Care

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

It's a pivotal time for the care sector. As people live longer and require more support to live life to the full in old age, the shortfall in carers is expected to reach 718,000 by 2025. We need to rise to the challenges of our ageing population, but in order to do so, we need to challenge the frankly tired and out-dated perceptions of care.

If You're in the Carer's Chair You Must Get the Respite Right

Ben Moore | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Ben Moore

You can rarely rely on time to deliver you events conveniently, can you? It's carers week this week so it would have been really useful if I could have blogged about the hospital appointment I have to go to with my wife and the amount of time we have had to wait for it...

In Praise of Global Women's Strike - A Shining Light in A Politics of Doom and Gloom

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Objections since the 1970s to Global Women's Strike's demand for wages for care have consistently let women down - we are no better off, our families are no better off, and many are now shackled in employment against our wishes, suffering double and triple shifts and facing intolerable pressure, pushed out of our homes by increasing bias towards commercialised care.

Look at the Future, But Let's Not Forget the Individual

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

It is no secret that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to providing care for those living with dementia, as there are many different types and every individual is unique. But what is becoming clear is the need for care providers to prepare their services for the future.

What Prospects for Childcare and Eldercare Under the New Government?

Stephen Burke | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The election proved again that politics is increasingly about the personal. And there is nothing more personal than getting the care you need for your family. The next five years will be a real test for the government as it battles to balance the books and meet the growing expectations of families.

Care - The Crisis That Hasn't Barked in the Election Campaign

Stephen Burke | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Until the new government gets to grips with the care crisis and introduces more financial help for older people, it will be up to each of us to get the best deal possible. As more older people and their families realise that increasingly they are on their own and they are expected to pay for their care, then pressure will increase on government to sort out the mess.

Please, No More Broken Promises: No More Broken Families

Leo Andrade | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Politics
Leo Andrade

Even now, when I go to see my son, he falls asleep in my lap. His finer motor skills are totally lost, he trembles so much he can't even hold his fork and he drags his feet along because his body is so weak. To see my son so yellow and so sad is not the Stephen we know.

FRIDAY 13th - REALLY IS UNLUCKY! - Especially if you are a cancer sufferer

Simon Hawkins | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Simon Hawkins

I have met David Cameron and I liked him. That in itself is strange as I have a natural dislike of politicians mainly due to the way they speak. Mr Cameron however came across well and I believed every word he said. I also truly believe he meant every word of them.

Its Not Being Filmed - It's Why You Want to Film Me

Steve Doran | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Steve Doran

Like hundreds of thousands of care staff across the country, I do my job well. Better than well. As with so many of my colleagues, I am always going beyond the call of duty, often in ways that no one would ever know. Covert filming might get me the credit for all those little acts of kindness that no one saw. What hurts more than the filming itself is the cynical assumption that I needed filming.

Call to Change the Way We Think About Care

Clare Pelham | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
Clare Pelham

It is with great diffidence that I suggest that a lot of the very welcome and well-informed debate about how to provide suitable care and support for older and disabled people has centred around the wrong question. It is not and never should be, about "how do I keep my mum from going into care?" That is simply the wrong question.

What To Do When Your Obstetrician Is A Robot

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

We were talking about having a child, right? A cool thing. An episode that we all get to share. She as a professional expert, using her expertise and wisdom to help engineer a seamless birth. Us, as new parents, glowing with the opportunity to do this special project ever so well.

Why January is the Perfect Opportunity for a Vital Conversation

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

This year more and more will be typing terms into Google such as 'care home', 'nursing home' and 'retirement living'. We know that this spike following the festive period is no coincidence.