The elderly and housebound can be especially prone to door to door fraudsters, particularly during the run up to Christmas. It is important that we all stay one step ahead of criminals looking to take advantage of vulnerable individuals.
Please do take time to watch the excellent video linked below which has been created by the Safer Neighbourhood Team of the Metropolitan Police, South Richmond.
Nearly 50 per cent of UK adults are unable to name a single type of dementia, according to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Jill Rennie has written a very interesting article that has just appeared on website homecare.co.uk. Here is a snippet of what she has to say:
In response to this findings, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Ricoh have teamed up with a powerful awareness campaign Dementia Uncovered which includes a series of hard-hitting films that highlight the experiences of people living with different types of dementia.
‘Eye-opening results’ show ‘far fewer can name other forms of dementia’
Ian Wilson, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “The eye-opening results from this survey show that while many people recognise Alzheimer’s disease as a cause of dementia, and 92 per cent associate memory loss with the condition, far fewer can name other forms of dementia or the wide range of symptoms they bring.”
To read the full article, visit the homecare.co.uk website.
People want health and social care support that works for them. See what these people are saying by viewing the latest piece of analysis published by Healthwatch on the 4th of September.
Confectionery giant Cadbury is helping to raise awareness of loneliness among old people with the brands latest on-pack activity that features an almost blank front face wrapper on Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bars. This is a great initiative that will hopefully make more people across the UK aware of this growing problem.
Home Care industry website www.homecare.co.uk recently ran an article quoting Government Health Secretary Matt Hancock who stated that the next social care green paper will look at shifting people away from care homes to domiciliary care because “more people go into residential care than is clinically justified”.
For the full story, click below.
It’s really important to think carefully before deciding on which local home care agency to use to provide domiciliary care to a family member.
There are many things to consider, so it makes sense to spend some quality time first reviewing all options and carefully listing your loved one’s specific care needs.
The Consumer Association Which? provides a brilliant and unbiased resource to help guide you through the process. We would thoroughly recommend a visit to their website to find out more. Click on the link below for more information.
ITV News reports:
Age UK has highlighted the fact that hundreds of thousands of elderly people in Britain are struggling to cope with loneliness and are not having their care need met.
The charity has stated that there were more than a million older people who needed care but did not receive it from any source – whether that be from family, friends, neighbours, or their local council.
Age UK also goes on to say that for those people who did receive some sort of care or support, they were much less likely to be lonely. Their research has shown that loneliness not only has an adverse affect on quality of life, it can also make people more susceptible to illness.
PHC Home Care comment:
Modern day society appears to be far less caring and considerate of people’s needs – particularly when it comes to the elderly. Just a simple ‘hello’ over the garden fence or better still, time spent with an elderly relative or neighbour can make the world of a difference. It can also help highlight and bring to attention that person’s need for more dedicated care, whether from within the family, the local authority or specialist care provider.
A study carried out by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has found that elderly people have more calming positive emotions than their younger counterparts.
University study leader Rebecca Ready said: “Older adults report feeling more serenity than younger persons. They also have a richer concept of what it means to feel serene than younger persons.”
PHC Home Care comment:
We have always known that elderly people can bring balance and the benefit of life experience to younger generations. This study highlights yet another positive aspect of growing old that should be welcomed and learnt from by people of all ages.
According to a report published by the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust, the care and support that elderly people receive is increasingly dependent on where they live and how much money they have, rather than their specific care needs.
Ruth Thorlby, Deputy Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust said:
“No one can predict whether they will have care needs later in life. But if they do find they need help with the basics – eating, washing, going to the toilet – most will discover that unlike a health problem where care is free, they somehow have to manage themselves.
“Our research found that local authorities have done their best to make savings while protecting funding for the poorest, but care providers are struggling on the low fees councils can afford. Shortages of home care staff and affordable care home places mean older people are often stuck in hospital, putting both their lives and vital NHS processes on hold.
“The number of older people needing care is increasing and yet we are continuing to put less money in. Unmet need is rising, providers are threatening to pull out of contracts, the wellbeing of carers is deteriorating, access to care is getting worse. A Government that wants to create ‘a country which works for everyone’ should not tolerate the oldest and most vulnerable falling into a social care system riddled with holes.”
PHC Home Care comment:
It is imperative that affordable care is made available to all those that need it. This latest report has further highlighted the seriousness of the issues facing the health service and in particular the care industry both now and in the future. Hopefully our government will have taken note and will be addressing the problem in this year’s autumn statement.
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Schoolboy Harry Gardner has released a song about his grandma’s dementia to help raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Please help fight Alzheimer’s disease by downloading Harry’s song on ITunes for 99p here.
Or go to A.mazon Music
You can also see Harry’s official video here.
PHC Home Care comment:
This is a brilliant initiative. Harry has already had nearly 250k views of his official song video, which suggests people of all ages are now becoming more aware of the problems Dementia can impose on loved ones and as a consequence, the broader family.