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The quality of health and social care provided to society’s most vulnerable should never be strained, or compromised, and yet somehow it often is. When you consider certain attitudes to the elderly, disabled and sick, you’d think these people were leeches or something (which they’re clearly not!), but such is the way disgusting views are being reflected onto treatments. Councils and local authorities are being forced to cut quality of care in favour of increased quantity of people seen as quickly as possible. They argue that the budgets just do not exist to give adequate care, and that shorter appointments […]
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Seasonal depression, otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or ‘SAD’ has always been thought to affect at least one in twenty people here in the UK. However, new evidence shows that in actual fact, it’s thought to affect a lot more, at least in small doses. The research, commissioned by The Weather Channel and YouGov found that women are 40 per cent more likely than men to experience symptoms of the condition, but that over 50% of adults across the board rated their mood as generally lower throughout the colder, darker months. The common name, ‘winter blues’ sums up the […]
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When it comes to an illness like cancer, everyone can instantly see the ramifications for a patient and they understand – with sympathy – that their world has instantaneously come crashing down around them. Other illnesses, however, do not get quite the same reaction, probably because of our subconscious thoughts about ‘innocent victims’ and our ideas that people can bring things on themselves. It’s probably the reason that so many of us are quick to judge those with addictions, or obesity, over and above illnesses that seem to have no explanation. The truth is, our environment does contribute to most […]
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We live in a country where footballers and celebrities are given more credit on a daily basis than the doctors, nurses and carers who keep us alive. If you’re working in these industries you’ll no doubt understand that your job goes above and beyond such simplistic terms, and that the dedication required is far more complex. When looking specifically at those working in care and support work positions, it’s unfortunately easy to notice a certain level of exploitation. For an industry that requires its workers to help others around the clock with every task imaginable (often, including personal hygiene and […]
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A debate taking place in many homes across the country is whether a loved elderly relative should be cared for at home, or institutionalized – either temporarily, or permanently in a care facility. Just under half a million people aged 65+ receive community based care and support at home, but this is on the decline with the number of households receiving home care services decreasing by 12% between 2000 and 2008 for instance. It is estimated that of the 2 million older people with care related needs, that 800,000 do not receive any formal support and that 1.5 million people […]
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