Care Credits – Reinventing the Wheel?

Age UK London recently hosted a presentation from an organisation called care4care, and when I saw it I thought this is something I have to look at. Partly because of the need to tackle the problem of future care for older people, but I have to confess mainly because it is fronted by Professor Heinz Wolff – the archetypal professor from ‘The Great Egg Race’ in the late seventies. Along with Johnny Ball (how did he get voted off SCD?) and Johnny Morris, he inspired many of my generation to have an interest in science and the natural world. So […]

Dilnot: When Will They Grasp the Nettle?

Older peoples, families and local authorities around the country are looking for leadership and certainty in the question of funding adult social care. Every year the question of funding adult social care becomes more pressing, as pressures on budgets become tighter. The sooner a framework for funding and a timeframe for implementation are agreed, the sooner families and local authorities can plan for the future. Doing nothing is not an option. Share this post: Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend

Time to Care for the Carers

Today’s report about the pressures on unpaid carers presents yet again the huge pressures on carers to underpin the social care system in this country. Unpaid carers need support; they need respite and they need recognition of their own health needs. Often in the day-to-day management of life of the person they care for, their own care needs get overlooked. Without unpaid carers’ huge contribution to supporting our most vulnerable people in society, the social care system could not cope. We need to ensure that carers are supported as they are the backbone of our social care system. Paid carers can also […]

Don’t Cut Care in the Capital!

It’s time to say “No” to any more cuts to older people’s social care services. Local authorities need to make spending cuts from somewhere, but maintaining frontline older people’s services needs to be a priority in 2012-13. There is no slack in the system, many older people already get pooor quality care services and any further cuts could harm vulnerable older people. That’s what Age UK London and Greater London Forum for Older People have found anyway. We have just launched our research report, ‘Don’t cut care in London’, looking at the impact of the cuts so far and the possible impact in […]

The Scandal of Older People’s “Homecare”

The EHRC has published a shocking report highlighting yet another area of neglect and cuts in levels of service. This time it’s homecare, and reliable reports of people being left in wet and soiled beds for hours on end, waiting for a care worker to arrive and help them – often with just 15 minutes allocated for the work. The temptation is to blame the care worker, who is surely recruited, trained and paid to “care” . I have commented, raised concerns, blogged and generally got on my soap box about these issues many times. There are several pertinent points to make: Share this post: […]

Can Older People Still Starve in London Hospitals?

Since 2006, Age UK has been campaigning to make sure older people in hospital get the chance to eat a square meal and so avoid becoming malnourished. Government, the NHS and professional bodies say they support this campaign. But malnutrition is still a serious danger for older people in hospital. The February 2011 report from the NHS Ombudsman on care for older people in the NHS “Care and Compassion” included cases of older patients not receiving adequate food or water. Nationally, large numbers of patients still leave hospital malnourished. How is London’s NHS responding? Age UK London with Greater London […]

Day Care: Loneliness can be a Killer too

Day care centres are under attack. They are viewed by some local authorities as an outdated, expensive form of care. But the people who attend our day care in Lewisham and Southwark, and their carers, tell me they love it, they are happier, it improves their quality of life and their carers are able to have a break and / or continue working. For myself, I know that I subsist on toast and other comfort foods when I eat alone. I also know that I get bored and boring very quickly if I don’t have anything outside the house to talk about. […]