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Care for the elderly is "on the brink of collapse", a charity has warned. A new report from the charity Independent Age states that chronic under-funding of social care in England means that older people are being "increasingly let down" by the system. It suggests that if current trends continue,…
An increasing number of older people are being admitted to hospital for conditions which should have been dealt with at home due to failures in the care for people in the community, a charity has warned. Age UK said the safety net for older people living at home is failing…
A care at home service in Edinburgh must make urgent improvements to the care experienced by older people, the Care Inspectorate has warned. The Care Inspectorate served a formal Improvement Notice on Highland Care Agency Home Care & Support Services following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists…
Housing developers and associations have signed up to an NHS scheme which will see them make people's home environments a healthier place. The partnerships with NHS England aim to expand ideas for healthy living such as dementia-friendly houses and restricting fast food sales to children. Other schemes that could be…
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…
Just over one in 10 adults over 55 have set aside money to cover the costs of any future care needs, the consumer rights group Which? has warned. A survey commissioned by the organisation found only 12% were saving in case they needed to pay for care in later years.…
The Tory head of the Commons Health and Social Care Committee has dismissed proposals for a "Care Isa" that are reportedly being considered by the Government. Sarah Wollaston said the Isa, which would be immune from inheritance tax, would not solve the crisis in social care "at all" and would…
Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with an additional £76 million a year, the government announced today. This supported or specialised housing is designed to be accessible and…
Society "cannot duck" the issue of adult social care any longer, council leaders have warned, as they called for a debate on the future of services. The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a public consultation on how best to support the wellbeing of the elderly and disabled and how…
A cap on care fees should be set as low as £50,000 to allow most people to benefit, new figures from England's largest councils show. The cap on care costs is intended to allow pensioners to pass on an inheritance after paying a limited amount for social care in their…
Social workers are on high alert to check on people having difficulties in the heat, council leaders said. But the Local Government Association (LGA) also urged the public to check on vulnerable or elderly neighbours, family or friends. The LGA urged people to take health precautions in the heat. As…
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