Ambulance Service

Last week I received a phone call just after breakfast from someone I knew to say that her mother had just fallen asleep in her chair. Nothing too surprising about that, I thought, after all she’s well past 90. But my friend seemed unusually concerned, so I agreed to pop round. When I arrived, I [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:39:17+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|News|

7 key questions you should ask when planning care for an elderly relative

Have you discussed things with your relative and, have you included close family members in this? It’s an extremely sensitive matter and many people shy away from raising the subject, but you will feel so much better when you have, and more importantly, feel more assured that you are making the right decision. What type [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:38:59+00:00 July 24th, 2017|News|

Young Onset Dementia – A Growing Phenomena?

Many people associate dementia with the elderly, particularly those who are in their 70s, 80s and 90s. However, it is possible to develop dementia much earlier than this and there are increasingly more people in their twenties, thirties and forties who are being diagnosed with some form of the disease. Early onset, working age or [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:39:01+00:00 July 15th, 2017|News|

How much will we be expected to pay for care in old age?

Imagine the scenario…. You’ve been comfortably retired for 20 years, and then one day you receive a letter out of the blue asking you to pay £100,000. The reason? To help provide funds for the care you might need towards the end of your life. You’d be up in arms, wouldn’t you? Totally unfair and [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:40:08+00:00 June 29th, 2017|News|

More pressure on nurses, what next for social care?

Now that Theresa May has lost her majority in parliament, one presumes that social care policy reforms will once again be conveniently shelved until another election comes around. Sir Andrew Dilnot first put forward his recommendations for the Funding of Care back in 2011, and while receiving a favourable reception from both major political parties, [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:40:10+00:00 June 14th, 2017|News|

Heads you lose. Tails you lose.

The problem with the Tory policy on care, laid out in their manifesto, is that the consequences simply don’t seem to have been properly thought through. Currently, unlike those living in care homes, people who receive care at home do not have the value of their home included in their qualifying assets to determine how [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:40:15+00:00 May 21st, 2017|News|

What on earth does Paraguay have to do with Britain’s elderly health care problem?

It’s a sad fact that in the UK we spend less on health care as a percentage of GDP than Paraguay, Liberia, Moldova and Sierra Leone. And many other countries too, including most of Western Europe. (Source: World Bank) So, perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised at the parlous state of our health services right [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:40:43+00:00 February 16th, 2017|News|

In Care? – We all have the right to expect high standards

There has been much comment recently around what your care should include and what rights you, or your relative, have a right to expect. In some cases, there have been reports of people who complain, being barred from visiting the home to spend time with their relatives and even, in extreme cases, being asked to [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:40:45+00:00 January 10th, 2017|News|

Unpaid Carers – 119 BILLION POUNDS PER ANNUM

When talking about elderly care, most people think you mean care homes - which currently house around 400,000 individuals across the UK. But this figure pales into insignificance against the number of people receiving care from an unpaid family member or friend. 7 MILLION. Yes, that's right - at least 7 million people are being [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:40:57+00:00 October 24th, 2016|News|
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