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The stark reality of care – An extra 71000 care home beds needed by 2025

The stark reality of care – An extra 71000 care home beds needed by 2025

The Lancet: An extra 71000 care home places will be needed by 2025 in England as care needs increase, study predicts. As life expectancy increases, so too have the number of years that older adults spend with substantial care needs, now reaching an average of 3.0 years for women and 2.4 years for men aged […]

16th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Will older patients face another winter of delayed transfers?

Will older patients face another winter of delayed transfers?

Commenting on the latest performance figures from NHS England, John Appleby, Director of Research and Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust said: “These figures show that the NHS continues to be systematically unable to meet its main targets, with over 4 million patients likely to be on the waiting list for planned care – now […]

14th August 2017 | By | Reply More
No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed

No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed

Responding to the latest delayed transfers of care figures published today by NHS England, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed, when they could be treated in the comfort and dignity of their […]

10th August 2017 | By | Reply More
1 in 4 elderly who are legally entitled to a free care home place are facing hidden charges on their family

1 in 4 elderly who are legally entitled to a free care home place are facing hidden charges on their family

A new report by Age UK reveals another element of unfairness in the UK’s failing social care system, with the families of 1 in 4 care home residents whose care is supposed to be free – representing 1 in 10 of all care home residents – forced to stump up ‘top up fees’ that can […]

27th July 2017 | By | Reply More
UK prison service requires national strategy to address needs of elderly prisoners

UK prison service requires national strategy to address needs of elderly prisoners

HM Prison and Probation Service needs a national strategy to address the needs of the increasing numbers of elderly prisoners living – and dying – in jail so that they can be managed and cared for more appropriately, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Nigel Newcomen. Today he published a report on older prisoners.   […]

20th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Care providers look for clarity on social care following General Election

Care providers look for clarity on social care following General Election

The Independent Care Group says the country needs urgent clarity on how the government is going to tackle social care and help the 1.2m people currently living without the care they need. A rapid resolution of the political leadership of the UK is urgent, so that a new Government can build a consensus to secure […]

9th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Dementia care leader comments: Stop stigmatising care homes

Dementia care leader comments: Stop stigmatising care homes

Paul Smith, Dementia care leader speak earnestly in defence of dementia care in care homes. Care homes have been getting their fair share of media attention recently as the General Election looms; the various political parties jostle for a hearing in regards to social care and health care funding. It was back in April 2014 […]

6th June 2017 | By | Reply More
More care homes sign up to Care Home Open Day 2017

More care homes sign up to Care Home Open Day 2017

Once again care homes are planning to celebrate connections with their local communities. After a successful day of celebrating great care across the UK on Care Home Open Day 2016, with over 4,300 care homes taking part, this year’s event is on the 16th June.   With Care Home Open Day’s emphasis on the importance […]

2nd June 2017 | By | Reply More
As politicians grasp at solutions the demographic crystal ball shows elderly care crisis set to deepen, fast

As politicians grasp at solutions the demographic crystal ball shows elderly care crisis set to deepen, fast

By James Bloodworth of  the New Scientist Since 1975, Britain has changed a lot. Today the country is leaving the European Union, whereas 42 years ago it was reaffirming its membership of the European Economic Community. It is also considerably older as a nation. Back then, 14.1 per cent of the population were 65 or […]

25th May 2017 | By | Reply More
Sun shines on supported home’s anniversary celebrations

Sun shines on supported home’s anniversary celebrations

From humble beginnings in Kingswood Road, Gillingham, The Abbeyfield Kent Society has grown to become the biggest independent Abbeyfield in the world. Last week, it celebrated its 50th anniversary.   Residents of the Society’s supported home in Paddock Wood, Margaret Fisher House, were joined by relatives, friends and volunteers of the home for an early […]

23rd May 2017 | By | Reply More
Unachievable cost of dementia care-Are you saving for this?

Unachievable cost of dementia care-Are you saving for this?

Alzheimer’s Society warns of generations unprepared for astronomical dementia costs Nearly half (47%) of the UK adults aged between 16-75 years old questioned have not started saving for the care and support they might need in the future     An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has laid bare the unachievable cost of dementia care, calculating that […]

11th May 2017 | By | Reply More
Care comparison website shares analysis of families’ views of care from 2012-2016

Care comparison website shares analysis of families’ views of care from 2012-2016

UK families say that care services for children and older people have got worse in the last five years. But they reserve their harshest criticism for care of older people, particularly home care services, according to reviews reported to Good Care Guide.  More than two-fifths of reviews of home care agencies in 2016 rated them […]

21st February 2017 | By | Reply More
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day: Grants available for older people struggling to heat their home

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day: Grants available for older people struggling to heat their home

Today marks Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. National charity Friends of the Elderly is encouraging older people who need help heating their homes to apply to its small grant scheme.   The charity offers one-off grants to older people to help relieve the stress and worry often experienced by those living on a low income.   Mary, […]

17th February 2017 | By | Reply More
Care home making Greenwich a dementia friendly place

Care home making Greenwich a dementia friendly place

The team and residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Greenwich have set themselves a mission to make their local community as dementia friendly as possible. People are being invited to Riverlee Residential and Nursing Home, to learn about the small things they can do to make a big difference to the lives of people […]

13th February 2017 | By | Reply More
Extra care tenants ring in Chinese New Year

Extra care tenants ring in Chinese New Year

A taste of the Orient was on the menu at Watling Court in Gravesend, when tenants got together to get into the spirit of celebrating the Chinese New Year.   Tenants of the Ifield Way extra care housing scheme got together on Saturday 28th January to commemorate the start of the Chinese New Year and […]

6th February 2017 | By | Reply More
The Jo Cox Commission today highlights the hard truth that chronic loneliness can affect anybody

The Jo Cox Commission today highlights the hard truth that chronic loneliness can affect anybody

The hidden cost of loneliness revealed as MPs and leading organisations come together to continue the work of the murdered MP, Jo Cox. Director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, Laura-Alcock-Ferguson, said: “The launch of the Jo Cox Commission today highlights the hard truth that chronic loneliness can affect anybody, and the older you get the more […]

31st January 2017 | By | Reply More
Abbeyfield Scotland expands in Aberdeen with Dandara

Abbeyfield Scotland expands in Aberdeen with Dandara

Abbeyfield Scotland, the charity which provides support for older people, is introducing an innovative initiative that will expand its operations in Aberdeen through a seven-figure property investment with developer Dandara, coupled with the launch of a new tailored service and support programme designed to meet the individual needs of people in the community who are […]

30th January 2017 | By | Reply More
Care home boss takes on charity Chairman role

Care home boss takes on charity Chairman role

Dr Pete Calveley, Chief Executive of Barchester Healthcare has said he is ‘honoured’ to be the new Chairman of Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, a charity which gives support to older people and other adults living with a disability.   Pete officially steps into the role this month and will chair his first meeting with the Board […]

20th January 2017 | By | Reply More
Jeremy Hunt MP to face accusations that he’s ignored social care & NHS funding crisis

Jeremy Hunt MP to face accusations that he’s ignored social care & NHS funding crisis

The House of Lords Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS will next week take evidence from a star line-up of witnesses including Health Secretary The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens and the health spokespeople for the Labour Party, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats. The […]

9th December 2016 | By | Reply More
MHA launches Christmas campaign highlighting issues of loneliness amongst the elderly

MHA launches Christmas campaign highlighting issues of loneliness amongst the elderly

MHA, one of the largest charities in Britain, providing services to older people for more than 70 years, has launched a new awareness campaign: ‘Good Deed-cember’. The campaign highlights isolation and loneliness amongst older people, and shows that by connecting them with local communities this growing crisis can be alleviated. Members of one of MHA’s […]

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