Home Care

Living With Dementia: Four Myths That Need To Be Challenged

Peter Dowds | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK
Peter Dowds

According to The Alzheimer's Society, there are currently 850,000 people in the UK with some form of dementia. It's estimated that 1 in 3 people will ...

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.

Time For Action To Solve The Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Another week, another flurry of evidence about the care crisis across the country. Everyone seems to agree that there is a crisis, that care is mass...

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.

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.

Why Was an Elderly Man Left to be Cared for By His Wife Who Had Mental Health Issues?

Davina Ludlow | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK
Davina Ludlow

Pensioner Joan Downing has been cleared of the manslaughter of her husband who had Parkinson's Disease, after he was left on the floor of their home i...

Don't Cheat Generations Out of Early Dementia Diagnosis

Helen McEntire | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Helen McEntire

Having an early diagnosis gives a person a modicum of control to plan and make informed decisions while they are able to. What's the alternative? Skipping those chapters of choice and jumping straight to the deepest part of the condition. That's cheating future generations out of quality dementia care.

Can Jeremy Hunt Save Social Care?

Davina Ludlow | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Davina Ludlow

While the outcome of the general election earlier this month may have come as a surprise to many, the subsequent naming of cabinet ministers has been altogether more predictable. Most of the Conservative incumbents have continued with their briefs, including Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.

A Dementia Diary - It Could Be You One Day

Helen McEntire | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Helen McEntire

I love my job. It's not always easy but it's the most valuable job in the world, I'm empowering people to do just what they want to or what they are able to do - to live with dementia not suffer from it.

Housing Is the Missing Piece in the Health and Care Puzzle

Paul Burstow | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

Home matters, it can be an expression of independence, important to our sense of wellbeing and critical to our health. Where we live should be a choice at every stage in our lives. But for those who have complex care and support needs that choice is all too often denied, confused with the package of care, and loss of control.

Home Care Is Nearing Crisis - Let's Act Now

Paul Burstow | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We should all welcome the extra £2 billion for health care services announced by the Government ahead of the Autumn Statement, but social care needs to get a slice too. Some of this new funding must be spent avoiding new crises.

Who's Taking Care of You?

Elaine Benton | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As a Parkinson's patient, I am addressing the issue of "Who is taking care of the caregiver?" If you are a caregiver, I am speaking directly to you, for looking after yourself is vitally important if you wish to continue taking care of a loved one with Parkinson's or other serious long term illness.

'Dangerous' Cuts To Home Care Puts Elderly At Risk

PA | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK

Older people are being put at risk because of "dangerous" cuts to home-based care which could cost the country billions of pounds, a leading charity w...

The Crisis in Care: Where can we Find Money for our Underfunded Care System?

Margot James | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Politics
Margot James

When we look to reform the care system in this country, we find ourselves at a quite intolerable starting point. Age UK reported in June of this year that spending on adult and social care had risen by just 0.1% in real terms between 2004 and 2010.