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A group of National Lottery millionaires turned into party planners to throw a Christmas-themed celebration for young carers.The 24 lottery winners, with a combined wealth of more than £48 million, hosted around 75 carers aged between eight and 16 at the glitzy event near Chelmsford, Essex on Thursday.The invited carers,…
This year, for the first time, care home staff who regularly come into contact with residents are eligible for a free flu vaccination. The annual flu immunisation programme is now underway across Wales and all those eligible for a flu jab are being urged to get vaccinated as soon as…
Charities have called on medical staff to do more to identify carers of terminally ill people to ensure they are getting the support they need. Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support are urging early identification of people caring for those at the end of their lives. A report from the…
Two people accused of murdering a woman in their care more than 18 years ago were not fit enough to look after her, a court has been told. Jean McSherry had been engaged to marry the father of Margaret Fleming before he died from cancer in October 1995. The witness…
More than 75,000 carers have received extra cash after the Scottish Government increased their benefit payment. Holyrood ministers are upping the amount given out in the Carer’s Allowance by 13%. While the increase is the equivalent of an extra £8.50 a week for recipients, people will get two lump sum…
More needs to be done to help the UK's seven million carers and improve the current system that waits for them to ask for help, which is usually when they are already "on the brink of a crisis", a report has warned. Healthwatch said its findings paint a "stark picture"…
Millions of unpaid carers are putting their own health at risk to look after loved ones, council leaders have warned. The Local Government Association (LGA) and charity Carers UK said many of the 5.7 million people looking after family or friends in England were unable to take a break from…
Ministers should consider introducing a national recommended allowance for kinship and foster carers, a review has found. The recommendation is one of 12 made in a report by the National Care Allowances Review Group. The Scottish Government set up the group to carry out of a review of allowances paid.…
A technique that helps people with dementia see satisfying progress in achieving everyday goals that help them live their lives is now being rolled out. The University of Exeter is leading a programme to train carers in goal-orientated cognitive rehabilitation. It entails practitioners working with people with dementia and their…
Poor mental wellbeing among the family carers of terminally-ill cancer patients represents a "substantial public health problem", researchers have warned. More than eight in 10 (83%) of those caring for a relative dying from cancer report clinically significant psychological distress, according to a study published in journal Palliative Medicine, compared…
Care workers must be prioritised under new migration rules to stop a post-Brexit shortfall in provision that would leave women quitting work to look after elderly relatives, according to a leaked government report. In the "worst case scenario" where European Union migrants were stopped from coming to the UK, there…
Carers accused of murdering a missing woman claim she is still alive, a court has heard. Margaret Fleming (pictured) was reported missing in October 2016 from her home in Inverkip, Inverclyde, but has allegedly not been seen since December 1999. Edward Cairney, 76, and Avril Jones, 58, are due to…
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