Social Care

Live Your Values, Don't Just Promote Them

Beth Britton | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Beth Britton

As a result, to say I am highly sceptical about the way care providers aggressively promote themselves in slick brochures and films is an understatement. As the Dispatches programme showed, Bupa are very good at promoting their values, less good at living them in all of the care homes that carry their branding.

Disabled Protesters Block Entrance To House Of Commons In Campaign Against Cuts

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics

Disabled protesters blocked the MPs’ entrance to the Commons chamber to campaign against cuts to care services. The group, all members of the Disabl...

Tackling The 'Silent Epidemic' Of Loneliness

Neil Heslop OBE | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK
Neil Heslop OBE

The chronic sense of isolation and loneliness felt by many disabled people was brought into stark focus by research from Sense for the Jo Cox Commissi...

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....

Old Age Care In 2017 And Did We Have The Answer To The Problem In 1967?

Paul Marshall | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK
Paul Marshall

Therefore, expect the thorny issue of social care to shortly raise its ugly head again and continue to be a major headache for a country that cannot possibly finance its ageing population. On that joyous note, I don't know about you, but from a personal and purely selfish perspective, I hope I live till 120, while milking the system for all its worth.

Women Over 50 Spend Nearly Six Years Of Later Life As Unpaid Carers

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Politics

Women over 50 can expect to spend nearly six years of their later life caring for a friend or relative, new figures show. The Office for National Sta...

Can A Care Home Share Its Site With A Nursery?

Stephen Burke | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Stephen Burke

Everyone think it's 'a lovely idea'. But in the UK there are no examples of a children's nursery based on the same site as an older people's care hom...

Social Care: From Everywhere To Nowhere

Beth Britton | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Beth Britton

Good care in people's own homes or community settings is vital for the proactive management of long-term conditions, which by default then reduces additional physical or mental health problems, promotes wellbeing, enables people to continue using or to regain as many life-skills as possible, keeps families united and provides dignified support to all who need it.

Carer Lifts Lid On Heartbreaking Reality Of Britain's Social Care Crisis

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Politics

A woman whose mum and partner suffer from severe dementia says she is fearful about the future as the UK faces a looming social care crisis. Jane Toml...

Why The 'Dementia Tax' Debate Can't Be Over

Jeremy Hughes | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Politics
Jeremy Hughes

We know as a new government forms, Brexit will demand much of the attention. But if politicians don't listen to the voices of the 850,000 people in the UK with dementia now we will never reach a day when a diagnosis is free from unjust financial punishment. Public outcry has shown the electorate is united against dementia and won't let this issue lie.

Time To Say It Out Loud: Our Society Is Writing Off Ageing

Sarah Weir OBE | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Sarah Weir OBE

What do you want to be when you're older? A common question asked of children. But why are we not asking people over 50 the same question?

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'.

Making Care Fair - Six Things The New Government Should Do

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

It's been a noisy few months since Theresa May called the snap election back in March, with a huge focus on health and social care. Our new government is no doubt going to be busy. To lend a helping hand, here are some tips on the wisest moves our government can make to protect our health and social care sectors.

Shaken And Unshaken

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK
Bishop Paul Bayes

People of faith look to their faith for help when things appear shaky, as they certainly do after this General Election. For Christians the Bible speaks of "the removal of what is shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain" (Hebrews 12:27).

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.

Are Conservative Strongholds At Risk Under May's Radical Agenda?

Emily Stacey | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Emily Stacey

If May is to win back Labour seats, which has clearly been her intention from day one of the campaign trail, she needs to be challenged by a strong Opposition, which, under Corbyn's narrative, she has yet to face.

Tory Predicament Shows Again Why Social Care Is The Pandora's Box Of Policymaking

Duncan Sim | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Politics
Duncan Sim

There is therefore an urgent need for a national conversation on the boundary between an individual's obligation for their care (and medical) needs, and the operation of the principle of social insurance. The past week has shown the strength of feeling within the country on this issue; the next Government - whichever political colour it is - must not shirk from this responsibility.

Theresa May's Dementia Tax For Social Care Is A Disgrace

Chris King | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Chris King

The message from the government is loud and clear: this is your fault and you are going to pay for it... May's Britain is a country where the lucky prosper and the unlucky, ill and vulnerable suffer. Make sure you are on the right side.

People Are Pointing Out This Tory U-Turn Doesn't Exactly *Scream* 'Strong And Stable'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK

Theresa May has been roundly derided for U-turning on her flagship social care policy just four days after it was announced. The policy - dubbed the ...

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 ...

Theresa May Performs Unprecedented U-Turn On Social Care Policy

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May has u-turned on her flagship social care policy just four days after it was announced as the headline measure in the Conservative Party ma...

The Waugh Zone May 22, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday, May 22… 1) BARNACLE BILL Tory campaigns guru Sir Lynton Crosby famously told David Cameron he want...

The Social Care Crisis Is A Dementia Crisis

Jeremy Hughes | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK
Jeremy Hughes

With such a huge proportion of people with dementia dependent on social care, we urgently need a solution to ensure that everyone gets the right support when they need it. Currently, many people with dementia feel deserted by the state, and must rely on family members and carers for the support they need.

Death Taxes, The Conservative Manifesto, And The Changing Politics Of Intergenerational Fairness

Torsten Bell | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Torsten Bell

The big picture today is that Theresa May is proposing to significantly change our social care system to increase the volume of care people receive and is asking people with housing wealth to pay more for it. That marks the end of an era both for the Conservative Party and possibly for the wider politics of intergenerational fairness.

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.