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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
Lakeview Rest Homes support local Age UK event

Lakeview Rest Homes support local Age UK event

A St Annes care home has reached out to support the local community through fostering its links with Age UK. Age UK Lancashire needed a venue to host a special event to showcase the services and support that is available to older people in the Fylde area. They wished to focus particularly on people living […]

25th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Housing association resident sets sail against the odds

Housing association resident sets sail against the odds

When John Solomon’s car collided with a lorry in Germany, his doctors told him that he was unlikely to be able to drive or walk again. Now the Hanover Housing Association resident in Cornwall is venturing into the world of sailing.   Whilst setting up his own business in Germany, the former computer programmer and […]

12th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Most care is good but still too much ‘poor’ care with some providers failing to improve following CQC inspections

Most care is good but still too much ‘poor’ care with some providers failing to improve following CQC inspections

While the majority of services are safe and of a high quality and many are improving, too many people across England are living in care homes and receiving care and support in their own homes that is not good enough. Without a proper recognition of the importance of adult social care and a renewed commitment […]

6th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Nearly 1 in 3 elderly people struggling with essential tasks of living, amidst breakdown in social care

Nearly 1 in 3 elderly people struggling with essential tasks of living, amidst breakdown in social care

Age UK calls on all political parties to put social care at the heart of their manifestos as new figures reveal high numbers of over-80s going without the help they need   New findings from Age UK reveal that 794,000 of the ‘oldest old’, those aged 80 or older, are unable to carry out at […]

17th May 2017 | By | Reply More
Budget 2017 brings an extra £2bn for social care-Comments

Budget 2017 brings an extra £2bn for social care-Comments

Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his first Budget, which the Treasury says will prepare Britain for a “new chapter” in its history after Brexit. The Local Government Association says councils with responsibility for social care are facing a funding gap of £2.6bn by 2020 and the entire system stands on the “brink of collapse” without an […]

8th March 2017 | By | Reply More
Government has not addressed the social care crisis as elderly and vulnerable left to fend for themselves

Government has not addressed the social care crisis as elderly and vulnerable left to fend for themselves

Following today’s announcement by Sajid Javid that an extra £900m will be made available to fund social care over the next two years local authorities and care providers have commented on the funding and what it really means to the elderly and vulnerable. “Allowing local authorities to increase council tax to boost social care funding […]

15th December 2016 | By | Reply More
Autumn Statement spells deepening misery for many older people says Age UK

Autumn Statement spells deepening misery for many older people says Age UK

No additional investment in social care is a disaster for older people Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: “The Government’s failure to provide any respite for our beleaguered social care system in the Autumn Statement spells deepening misery for many older people.”   ‎”It means current trends are certain to continue: more older […]

23rd November 2016 | By | Reply More
1.2 million older people not getting the social care they need

1.2 million older people not getting the social care they need

Numbers of older people who don’t get the social care they need soars to a new high of 1.2 million – up by a staggering 48 per cent since 2010. The numbers of older people in England who struggle without the help they need to carry out essential everyday tasks, such as getting out of […]

17th November 2016 | By | Reply More
Are care homes delivering a good deal to residents? Age UK report looks at the care crisis

Are care homes delivering a good deal to residents? Age UK report looks at the care crisis

New report from AGE UK highlights the challenge of getting a ‘fair deal’ faced by older people who pay way their own way in care homes  Just under a half (41 per cent) of all residents in UK independent care homes are now paying for their own care. This is an increase of almost a […]

20th October 2016 | By | Reply More
CQC’s State of Care report shows underfunding is bringing care to tipping point-comments

CQC’s State of Care report shows underfunding is bringing care to tipping point-comments

Elderly and vulnerable people are having difficulty accessing high-quality care as local authorities slash funding and raise the eligibility criteria and social care and care home operator fees increasing, the strain is now palpable. Today’s CQC annual report State of Care confirms to many organisations involved in care that entire care sector including the NHS is […]

13th October 2016 | By | Reply More
Hanover opens its first re-ablement care flat in Bradford

Hanover opens its first re-ablement care flat in Bradford

With hospitals coming under increasing pressure to discharge patients as quickly as possible, and the numbers of emergency re-admissions on the increase, Hanover Housing has launched a re-ablement care flat to help ease the transition for older people being discharged from hospital early in the Bradford area and to help prevent the risk of isolation. […]

11th August 2016 | By | Reply More
Uddingston care home staff dare the drop for charity

Uddingston care home staff dare the drop for charity

Four daring staff members from an Uddingston care home have taken a huge leap to raise a whopping £810 for charity. Home Manager, Michelle Ferrey, Administrator Shell Edgar, Maintenance Manager Alex Stark and Activity Coordinator Janine Boyle from Bupa’s Highgate Care Home on Old Edinburgh Road completed a 165ft abseil down Scotland’s iconic Forth Rail […]

27th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Age UK comments on social care funding gap

Age UK comments on social care funding gap

“Despite the best efforts of councils to protect adult social services budgets, the latest ADASS survey continues to highlight the terrible and growing gap between the care needs of older people and the services available to meet them.   “Unless policy makers are willing to invest in the sector, thousands of older people and their […]

13th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Inadequate support from health services is damaging life chances of UK’s carers

Inadequate support from health services is damaging life chances of UK’s carers

The life chances of many of the 6.5 million people in the UK who care, unpaid, for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend, are being damaged by inadequate support from health services, according to new research launched today for Carers Week 2016 [1].   Carers are key partners in managing the care […]

6th June 2016 | By | Reply More
As cuts in social care deepen Age UK says ‘It’s only going to get worse’

As cuts in social care deepen Age UK says ‘It’s only going to get worse’

Almost three million hospital bed days lost due to collapse of social care services. Almost three million (2,998,273) hospital bed days have been lost between June 2010 and January 2016, at a cost of £910 million, according to a new report by Age UK[i],[ii],[iii]. Age UK published the alarming figures on the day the Chancellor […]

16th March 2016 | By | Reply More
Unmet care needs and loneliness-a ‘double whammy’ for many older people says Age UK

Unmet care needs and loneliness-a ‘double whammy’ for many older people says Age UK

Today, new research from Age UK shows just how tough life is for hundreds of thousands of older people with care needs who are struggling on without any help. Fresh analysis finds that if you are an older person in this position, you are almost two-thirds more likely to have been lonely much of the […]

10th March 2016 | By | Reply More
A pharmacist into every care home could save the NHS £135 million a year

A pharmacist into every care home could save the NHS £135 million a year

The NHS could save £135 million a year through the widespread introduction of a pharmacist into every care home across Great Britain according to a new report to be launched tomorrow by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). ‘The Right Medicine – Improving Care in Care Homes’ report concludes that pharmacist led medicine reviews in care […]

23rd February 2016 | By | Reply More
Only 51% of health professionals regard malnutrition as a priority

Only 51% of health professionals regard malnutrition as a priority

New research by the Malnutrition Taskforce reveals that only half (51 per cent) of health professionals thought malnutrition was a priority in their organisations. Only 47 per cent also felt confident that their knowledge and skills were sufficient  to help people most at risk.[i] The survey ‘Experiences of Patient Malnutrition’ by Dods Research also shows […]

10th February 2016 | By | Reply More
Councils warn that loneliness is ‘a major public health concern’

Councils warn that loneliness is ‘a major public health concern’

Councils are warning that loneliness needs to be recognised as a major public health concern, with fears it could pile further strain on local services, unless action is taken. There is thought to be more than one million people aged over 65 who are lonely – around 10-13% of older people. In addition to the […]

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