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    Life is not limitless. Ageing is a process you cannot stop. Everyone needs to face the old reality at a later point in life. So if you feel that your loved ones are facing difficulties in everyday activity, then assisted living centres are the right place for them. Older adults who are in the intermediate stage of ageing may experience Dementia. Assisted living centres may be the right place for seniors undergoing chronic diseases related to ageing where relevant housing arrangements are made to benefit the caregivers and seniors. If you feel that your loved one is not able to […]
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    There may come a time in your life where you and your family can no longer provide the quality of care for your parent, grandparent or partner. You may not have the skill, experience or the facilities to properly care for your loved one in their older years and need help making sure they are cared for in the best way possible. At times like this you may want to consider making use of a residential care home in your area. West Sussex care homes can have a number of benefits for you, your family and your loved one, such […]
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    Getting older is an inevitable fact of life. As you age or a loved one gets older, you may find that they need more specialized attention or that you may not have the capability of caring for them properly anymore. In cases such as this, you are going to want to think about making use of a residential care home. You want your loved one to have a happy, comfortable and healthy life and the right home can provide all of this for them. Naturally, you are going to want to be careful in choosing just the right location for […]
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    It is never an easy decision to put a parent, grandparent, spouse or relative into a nursing care facility. Unfortunately, a time may arise where the medical circumstances involved mean that you can no longer provide the level of care at home for this person and you may need professional help. This is particularly true of those that may experience issues with senility, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. You need to know that there are quality places that you can turn to that can provide you with the type of help you are looking for so your family member or loved […]
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    In particular I want to talk about Residential Care Homes and Domiciliary Care (care in the home), as both are facing broadly similar challenges. To illustrate the points I’m making I will be drawing on my experiences of working with Healthwatch, although I do want to say that the views I express are entirely my own and are not the views of Healthwatch. When I first joined Healthwatch queries from members of the public about social care formed just over a third of all queries. Last year that figure stood at a fraction under a half of the contacts we had, […]
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    Watching as our parents begin to struggle with the effects of old age can be devastating, and many of us help out as best we can by offering informal care in the home – cooking meals, shopping for groceries, and general housekeeping, for example. In fact, it’s estimated that there are around 3 million children providing care in the home for their elderly parents, without counting those in care homes. For many of us, this is a system that works, but it’s important to remember that situations can and do change. If your parent’s needs change significantly, or your own […]
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    Nursing Homes Exist on Reliable Supply Few needed to be asked twice when the Second World War broke out. Britain was at war and soldiers had a duty. That war lasted six years and in its midst there was a report published that stated intention was to make everyone’s life better when hostilities ceased. The Beveridge Report was published in 1942. Its intent was to address five evils: Squalor Want Idleness Disease Ignorance Social welfare                                                    Its report on social welfare formed the basis of the legislation that the post war Labour Government presented to Parliament, the creation of the National […]
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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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    In February 2013 the Government published the details of its plans to reform the state subsidy for long-term care of the elderly in England. These plans are part of the Care Bill published on 10th May. 1. A cap of £75,000 on the cost of care anyone would be expected to pay. 2. An increase to £123,000 (from £23,250) in the amount of savings you can have and still get help with the cost of care. A guarantee that no-one has to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for care The scheme will cost an extra £1 billion a year by […]
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    I originally wrote a version of this article for Labour Left in September 2012 following a very successful SHA meeting in Easington County Durham where some dispute had arisen about whether the quasi market in social services offered people more choice. In view of Lord Warner’s astounding support of section 75 quoting the success of competition in social care, it seems timely to reiterate some of the arguments disputing this. The NHS and Community Care Act 1990 was introduced by the Thatcher Government and fully implemented in 1993. Lord Griffith’s recommendation was that money previously going to fund people in […]
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