Social Care

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.

Is This The Future Of Care For Young And Old?

Stephen Burke | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK
Stephen Burke

The co-location of care for young and old makes sense in so many ways. As nurseries and care homes struggle to avoid closure, there are rays of hope on the horizon. Here is a model of care that works for all generations.

World Alzheimer's Month: Time To Talk About The Tories' Social Care And Air Quality Failures

Keith Taylor | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Britain, under the Tories, is blighted by crises, from NHS underfunding to school cuts, but, as World Alzheimer's Month kicks off, it is the link between two of the most damaging issues facing the British people, the social care and air quality crises, that is worth urgent exploration.

Crosses, Spaghetti Carbonara And The Qur'an

Natasha Phillips | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK
Natasha Phillips

Whilst the case of a Christian toddler forced to live with a Muslim family in England has reignited the Far Right and caused uproar worldwide, a much ...

Making A Statement About Dementia

Beth Britton | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

The Dementia Statements, for all their common sense, really need to become commonplace. They need to be ingrained into every care and support service and every community.

Social Care Can't Just Be There For When A Family Is In Meltdown

Kate Mulley | Posted 20.08.2017 | UK
Kate Mulley

If the Government is serious about looking after the most vulnerable children in society, it must urgently re-invest in local services that are proven to tackle the root causes of neglect and abuse - not just hope it can firefight the symptoms.

Confusion And Worry Around Social Care In The UK Must Stop

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

In an ideal world, we'd all plan ahead for later life, both for ourselves and our loved ones. In reality, this isn't always possible and certainly isn...

Complicity With The Social Care Crisis

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

ven more recently some of us have gathered forces internationally to form Citizen Network, a cooperative movement to act and advocate for citizenship for everyone. It is only when we realise that every single one us matters, in all our diversity and frailty, that we can create a world which is safe and secure for all of us.

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.