home care

According to The Alzheimer's Society, there are currently 850,000 people in the UK with some form of dementia. It's estimated
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.
Another week, another flurry of evidence about the care crisis across the country. Everyone seems to agree that there is
Time. It's the most important part of my role as a caregiver for older people. I couldn't love my job as much as I do without
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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.
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.
Homecare services are getting increasingly poor reviews from families and users of these vital services.
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.
Pensioner Joan Downing has been cleared of the manslaughter of her husband who had Parkinson's Disease, after he was left
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As part of our #MakeCareFair campaign to end 15 minute care, we have conducted a confidential survey with care workers up and down the country. They have told us it is impossible to carry out everyday tasks such as feeding, bathing and supporting someone to get dressed with any decency or consideration in this short time slot.
A number of surveys of the general population have shown that, if we had the choice, most of us would prefer to die at home if we were terminally ill.
Older people are being put at risk because of "dangerous" cuts to home-based care which could cost the country billions of
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.