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Study says number of older people with four or more diseases set to double by 2035

Study says number of older people with four or more diseases set to double by 2035

A study published today in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, reports that the number of older people diagnosed with four or more diseases will double between 2015 and 2035. A third of these people will be diagnosed with dementia, depression or a cognitive impairment. The study, conducted by researchers […]

23rd January 2018 | By | Reply More
Hunger is just one symptom of deepening social care crisis-ADASS

Hunger is just one symptom of deepening social care crisis-ADASS

Responding to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger’s report on malnutrition in older people, Margaret Willcox, President of ADASS, said:   “The thought of older people going hungry because they are isolated, have limited mobility, or are depressed is appalling, and social care staff do what they do because they are keen to do anything […]

22nd January 2018 | By | Reply More
New figures from Age UK show our social care system is disintegrating

New figures from Age UK show our social care system is disintegrating

New figures from Age UK reveal the shocking extent to which millions of older people are being left to prop up the country’s disintegrating care system, with those aged 65 and over providing nearly 54 million hours of unpaid care each week in England in 2016[i]. These figures highlight the rising demands being placed on […]

14th December 2017 | By | Reply More
Abbeyfield launches campaign to tackle loneliness in older people

Abbeyfield launches campaign to tackle loneliness in older people

Abbeyfield launches Companionship at Christmas campaign to tackle loneliness in older people. Offering a cosy place to stay without the numbness of waking to an empty house; a comforting homemade meal and a festive party with none other than Aled Jones MBE as the turkey carver. These are just some of the ways in which […]

17th November 2017 | By | Reply More
Damian Green announces Green Paper to lay out plans to reform care and support

Damian Green announces Green Paper to lay out plans to reform care and support

The First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, has announced today that the Government will publish a Green Paper on care and support for older people by Summer 2018. The Paper will set out plans for how Government proposes to improve care and support for older people and tackle the […]

16th November 2017 | By | Reply More
Stay well this winter as Public Health England urges people to get the flu jab

Stay well this winter as Public Health England urges people to get the flu jab

Public Health England urges those at highest risk of flu to get vaccinated People who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free vaccination ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common.   The Chief Medical Officer has warned that flu and complications associated with it cause […]

21st October 2017 | By | Reply More
Training in end-of-life care must be improved to enable a comfortable death-Study

Training in end-of-life care must be improved to enable a comfortable death-Study

Dying comfortably in very old age with or without dementia can be improved with good end-of-life training at home or in a care home, rather than a hospital bed. Very old people are more likely to die comfortably if they die in a care home or at home, compared with dying in a hospital, suggests […]

5th October 2017 | By | Reply More
ADASS responds to BMJ report on link between delayed discharge and rise in mortality

ADASS responds to BMJ report on link between delayed discharge and rise in mortality

Responding to a report published in the BMJ, which says the increased prevalence of patients being delayed in discharge from hospital in 2015 was associated with a rise in mortality, Glen Garrod, Vice President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said: “This useful report shines a light on the important debate […]

3rd October 2017 | By | Reply More
Falls cost the NHS and social care £6m per day-Falls Prevention Week

Falls cost the NHS and social care £6m per day-Falls Prevention Week

Every year more than 3.4 million people over 65 suffer a fall that can cause serious injury or death.   New figures released, show the significant cost of NHS emergency admissions for falls and fractures among older people. A 2017 report, commissioned by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN […]

25th September 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

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