I know I have written numerous times on the subject, but is anyone in government really listening?! If they are – do they really understand what we are saying? Would they like their families to be condemned to the type of services currently on offer for older people, people with disabilities or dementia? Although the …
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Welcome to 2017! Where we’re asking “has life got better?”. Over the last few years I have written about a wide variety of issues and concerns – many of which are a real concern, not just to older people, but the wider community. So just out of interest, I thought I would look back on …
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What’s Next for the NHS?

March 8th, 2017 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Care | Health - (1 Comments)

With all the talk of change and proposed changes to the NHS – including amendments to its structure and access – I am afraid I will be writing regularly on this subject. I think it is important that the issues are highlighted though, and hopefully you will be able to go to your local NHS, …
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Just how low will Local Councils go?

February 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Care | Finance - (1 Comments)

If you go into a residential or nursing home and you have no family looking out for you or managing your affairs, then the council will break into your home and go through it with a fine tooth comb. They’ll then aim to discover your bank accounts and details of any assets you may have …
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“It’s bad enough if you are old & have a family, I know that from looking after my mum, but what about those of us who have no one? What on earth will happen to us when we need help?” Ageing Without Children (AWOC) member Next year, for the first time, there will be more …
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Yes, £860 per week really is the cost of residential care at the present time – and that’s only for accommodation! Of course with staff rightly being given the living wage (or the London living wage), the costs will go up.  We are told that this – combined with a decrease in staff – may see the standard …
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2014/15 was not a particularly good year for care homes, and not just care homes for older people but also those who are vulnerable due to physical or mental health difficulties and especially those with learning difficulties. There were lots of closures with a disturbing amount of closures following CQC inspections – I think people …
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I have been a carer for my husband for the last ten years or so. He has had Parkinson’s Disease (now very advanced) for some 20 years and has PD dementia. He is unable to do anything for himself, cannot stand or maintain a seated posture, cannot speak or feed himself, has difficulty swallowing, is …
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Yes – back to that old chestnut – crisis in social care. I am beginning to think there has never been a time in the last ten years when social care has not been in crisis. And what is the key ingredient for every social care crisis – funding. In fact you may remember that …
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Part of the blame for the mediocrity of many of our care homes and home care providers is the weakness of their regulators, the Adult Social Care Directorate of the Care Quality Commission. The Commission rates providers for Safety, Effectiveness, Caring, Responsiveness (to users’ needs) and Good Leadership. For each of these domains a provider …
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