Older People

Why We Need Social Care To Be Strong And Sustainable

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Until such a robust strategy is in place - and VODG is committed to co-operating with any actions along these lines - the future is uncertain for a sector that millions of people rely on for essential support.

Is The Care Act Dream Over?

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

There is a need for an honest debate about what it means to promote independence in this climate. But over and above this, I think the survey responses demonstrate just how incredibly hard it is to sustain the good intentions of the Care Act at a time of such acute funding distress in many local areas. And that is something we all need to worry about.

Start At Home To Protect Our Ageing Population's Future

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

We are awaiting an update from Government on its proposals, including its formal response to the joint select committee inquiry. We're keen to work with colleagues across the sector and in government to develop a workable solution that achieves the government's objectives while safeguarding vulnerable older people.

Summer Holidays In Retirement

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

Summers are there to be enjoyed: for relaxing, exploring and trying new things. Sadly, our new research has found it's also a time when a third of Brits feel guilty about leaving older relatives at home while going on holiday.

Recovering From The Dementia Tax

Anna Dixon | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK
Anna Dixon

The Queen's Speech last month confirmed that social care reform is not dead, thankfully, despite the election debacle over the so-called dementia tax....

The Care Of Very Sick Older People In Hospital - A Report From The Frontline

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

Over the last three and a half months I have spent a fair amount of time each day in a London teaching hospital, in a ward for older people whose discharges will be complex, and this blog describes what I learned from being 'on the frontline'.

The Role Of Creativity And Technology In Dementia Care

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

This Dementia Awareness Week we have seen incredible first-person accounts of how creativity and technology can make living with dementia more manageable. Although we don't have a cure for the disease, there are still innumerable ways to bring as much joy as possible to the lives of those living with dementia.

The Next Government Must Resolve The Crisis That Is Engulfing Social Care, Once And For All

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Abrahams

In the run-up to the General Election we are calling on all of the political parties to finally defy history, put the needs of our 'oldest old' at the heart of their plans for government, and commit to resolving the crisis that is engulfing social care, once and for all.

The Rise Of The Silver Surfer: How Technology Is Enriching The Lives Of The Aging Population

Fran Whittaker-Wood | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Tech
Fran Whittaker-Wood

There is an assumption amongst younger generations that the senior members of our society have no interest in technology. Labelled rather patronizingly as a generation of 'digital dinosaurs', there are often exaggerated claims of an ever-increasing 'digital divide' between the old and young.

Celebrating LGBT Lives In Care Homes

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

Looking after and valuing older people in our society is fundamental - especially as our population gets older - but it is by no means a simple task. Alongside physical well-being, there are emotional and mental health needs to consider, too. That means providing personalised care, designed around every individual.

Ten Reminders Why Dilnot's Cap On Care Costs Won't Solve Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Back in 2010 the coalition government asked Andrew Dilnot to lead a commission on care funding. He duly reported in 2011 with his proposals including a cap on the cost of care. The government - rightly in my opinion - then in 2015 decided not to implement the cap, set at £72,000, and 'postponed' its implementation until 2020.

Why Older People Need The NHS's Forthcoming Delivery Plan To Succeed

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Abrahams

Flicking through the TV listings last weekend I noticed 'Carry on Matron' was on - again. Have you noticed how in British films from the 1960s and 197...

The Importance Of Good Food For Older People

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

We won't become complacent. As England's largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, all the money we generate is ploughed back into our services so we will continue to improve the facilities at both our retirement villages and our care homes for the benefit of all older people.

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.

Spring Budget 2017: Short-Term Relief For The Social Care Sector

Richard Kramer | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

We hope that the government will use this period of review and reform to safeguard vital services for disabled people, and recognise that good quality social care is a vital lifeline to well over one million disabled and older people across the country. The Spring Budget certainly gave us some breathing space. Now we and the government must seize the opportunity to reform social care and truly make it fit for the future.

A Spotlight On The Abuse Of Older Women

Gary FitzGerald | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Gary FitzGerald

Today (March 8th) is International Women's Day, which celebrates the achievements of women and the significant challenges they still face all over the...

Dead Cats And Red Herrings In Pre-Budget Speculation On Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

By all means have a debate on whether we should raise more taxation from income or wealth, but let's do it as part of a debate about government finances. Enough of the dead cats and red herrings! It's time for a new vision for better care and support.

Five Housing Models That Can Save NHS And Social Care Budgets

Will Prochaska | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Will Prochaska

At the heart of Britain's NHS and Social Care crisis is an increase in demand for services from our ageing population. The right housing models can play a critical part in preventing a cycle of demand from starting and allow older people to return to their own homes after treatment, thus freeing up NHS and social care resources.

Will The Budget Tackle The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

On 8 March the Chancellor must show that he understands both the immediate care crisis and the need for a radical and sustainable long term solution. Older and disabled people and their families and carers have been waiting too long for the answer. Let's hope that their expectations aren't dashed yet again.

Government Housing Plans - Where Does Sheltered Housing Stand?

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

If you heard the hype, you could be forgiven for thinking the government's much-anticipated housing policy heralds a new era for downsizing. Much of ...

Will Housing White Paper Make Downsizing A Positive Choice For Older Homeowners?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The government's long-awaited white paper on housing - due to be published shortly - is widely expected to feature measures to promote downsizing by older homeowners. The proposals are predicted to include exemptions on stamp duty for older people moving to smaller properties, thereby freeing up larger homes for younger families as part of the answer to the housing crisis.

Protecting Older People's Mental Health Matters Too

Sophie Andrews | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Sophie Andrews

The Prime Minister has pledged to address the level of mental health provision; while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, publically supported a campaign to aid young people with mental health issues. My concern is that older people's needs, in this case mental health, are yet again going under the radar.

Hot Yoga Breathes Life Back Into Ageing

Ed Wood | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Wood

The saying, 'life begins at 40', has never been more true as we continue to see exponential increases in how long people are living as well as the retirement age and a shift in what is considered to be 'old age'.

Welcome To Instagran!

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

Author's own Picture this, older people having the time of their lives taking photos of each other and posting them on social media. They say it's ...

Elder Abuse - A Forgotten Human Rights Issue?

Gary FitzGerald | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Gary FitzGerald

In the UK, human rights are often seen as an international issue - one enacted in dusty prisons in foreign lands - rather than one that affects us closer to home. However, it can be argued that older people in the UK are one significant part of the population that routinely has its human rights denied...