elder care

In 2017, we heard a lot about the challenges of an ageing population, with heated debates during the General Election campaign
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.
Childcare in the UK is a shambles. Today's call from the charity Working Families and the Childcare Voucher Association to keep open childcare vouchers - even as the new tax-free childcare scheme comes into effect - doesn't help. Unusually though there is a simple fix that a brave government not obsessed with Brexit, could grab with both hands...
Ultimately who can unite both the Tory party and Britain? It's a huge challenge, but now the men are out of it, the games can stop and the serious players can show that they really care - about ordinary families, their struggles with caring responsibilities and giving everyone, whatever their age, the best care and support.
I hesitate to add to the outpourings since the Brexit vote. The consequences of political and economic turmoil are already clear to see.
According to statistics from Carers UK, there are currently around 6.5 million people the UK who are carers and this figure is destined to rise with the prediction that there will be an enormous 9 million people caring for others by 2037.
Care is in crisis. Growing numbers of older people need care, but fewer older people are actually getting help. That means more and more older people are paying for care themselves, or rely on family/friends, or struggle without help.
Friday 1 April is a notable day for many low paid workers, as the national minimum wage becomes the national living wage. It will rise from £6.70 an hour to £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and over.
Homecare services are getting increasingly poor reviews from families and users of these vital services.
This trend can also be found in the Quantified Self movement. Ironically, the appeal of self-knowledge through self-tracking was originally lost on me. Yet here I am in 2016 enjoying a small thrill whenever my Apple watch says I've achieved my daily movement goal.
The House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee has just launched an inquiry into intergenerational fairness. It
Simon Stevens has opened a huge can of worms. Let's use the opportunity to create a much better care system that is fair, simple and sustainable and really meets the needs of all older people, now and throughout this century.
It's taken less than two weeks for the sticking plaster in the Chancellor's spending review to come off and expose the gaping
The care home sector is near meltdown, according to owners, care experts and financial analysts. They warn that thousands of homes will be forced to close because they are not financially sustainable.
In the 1970s my mother worked full-time which meant that my grandmother - my mother's mother - was there looking after my
Former Tory government Minister David Willetts has put the cat amongst the pigeons in his new role. Willetts now heads the
The annual party gatherings are over; clear lines have emerged between the main parties; and now all eyes will revert to Parliament as the stage for the next bout of jousting. Debates will range from tax credits to trade union rights to immigration.
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 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.
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.