Frail, vulnerable elderly people are being are being left to fend for themselves without the most basic help. There are now an estimated 1.2 million over-65s going without help for care. That’s nearly one in eight of all older people.
Some 300,000 of them have difficulty with three or more tasks, including dressing, washing and going to the toilet.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said steps were being taken to improve care.
A £5bn pot of money has been set aside to encourage joint work between the NHS and care sector, with an additional £1.5bn being added to that by 2019, and councils have been allowed to increase council tax by 2% a year to invest in care services.
“We are determined to make sure that older people throughout the country can get affordable and dignified care,” she added.
NHS England data showed the number of patients delayed in hospital because they cannot get services such as council home help or a care home place has nearly doubled in two years.
Frail patients can only be discharged by hospitals when there is support available in the community.
This can be because of a lack of NHS services, such as district nursing, or because council care cannot be found. This includes places in care homes and help in the home for tasks such as washing and dressing.
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We offer the support needed to enable people to keep their independence and live at home for as long as possible. Please contact us to discuss a care plan that will be tailor-made for you.
As part of the dementia challenge announced by the Prime Minister recently, which aims to improve the care of people with dementia, the government committed increased funding for dementia research in the UK. It has committed to more than doubling government spending, from £26.6 million in 2009/10, to an estimated £66.3 million in 2014/15.
Following the launch of the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on Dementia Research (MAGDR), originally set up in 2010, was merged into the Research Champion Group. The research champion group is led by members of the MAGDR and takes forward the ambitions in the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia. Alzheimer’s Society is concerned that there will no longer be an expert dementia research group after 2015.
“We still need further investment in dementia research if we are to develop understanding of the underlying causes of dementia, develop better treatments in the future, and develop ways to provide better care for the people affected by dementia now. However, the Prime Minister’s dementia challenge is very welcome step in the right direction.”
Where will the money be spent?
There will be an increase in the budgets of bodies that award research grants such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Medical Research Council (MRC), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for research into dementia at institutions across the UK.
In addition to this, there are specific projects that will receive funding. Some of these designated projects have already been announced; for example, to fund the research selected following the NIHR’s dementia-themed call for research applications, which Alzheimer’s Society supported last year. The successful projects will be announced soon.
Money will be made available to fund a specific aspect of the UK Biobank. The MRC will fund the brain scanning of a subset of the participants, so that additional information with regards to brain structures and the development of dementia can be collected and analysed alongside the information that will be collected from all participants.
If you are an older person you may need some care and support. This may be because your health or mobility is declining, or you have been in hospital or you have a long term health condition. You may need help with some of these things:
– meal preparation and help to eat – remembering or taking medication – household chores
If you feel you need care and support, the first step is to ask Stay Independent to assess your needs. Everyone is entitled to have their needs assessed and a service can be provided.
A Care Plan will be agreed with you, setting out the help you need. The service will be provided by Stay Independent, your approved care at home provider.
Short term support or ‘reablement’
Many people will receive care from our service. This means you will receive intensive support to help you regain your independence for as long as you need it. We constantly review how you are managing and adjust the help you get to meet your individual needs. We will offer ongoing support if you still need help after that time.
If you are 65 or over you maybe entitled to free personal care. Some of your help, such as shopping and housework, may not be free, and you may be required to make a financial contribution. Contact Stay Independent to find out more about the cost of care in your home.
If you receive care and support at home and your needs change, contact Stay Independent so we can re assess your care.
Stay Independent is an established company providing services to customers at home in the Rushcliffe area of Nottingham.
We assist our clients with daily living, taking care of the tasks they may struggle with through ill health, disability or simply a lifestyle change.
We offer companionship, help with routine tasks such as preparing meals and helping with light housework, prompt medication, pop in for a cup of tea and a chat or accompany customers to appointments or on outings.
Stay Independent assist our customers to live as independently as possible, enabling them to remain in control of their own lives, in their own home.
The average cost of a room in a care home is more than double the average pensioner income, representing a yearly shortfall of £14,568; new research has found.
The analysis from Prestige Nursing+Care found the cost of residential care has risen by 3.5% in the past year and 9.3% in the past two years.
Since 2012 the average annual cost of a single room in a residential care home has risen by £963 from £27,404 to £28,367. This is £2,414 higher than in 2011.
While pensioners’ annual income has grown by 4.5% (£591) in the last year to £13,799, the gap between income and care costs has continued to increase.
The research said the average older person’s saving pot of £14,217 would now only able to pay for six months of care. Combining a pensioner’s average annual income with their savings pot still falls short of covering a full year of care in residential home by over £350 on average.
The research also highlighted regional differences between the cost of elderly care homes, with a room in the South East £7,405 more per year on average than in the North East.
Home care is another alternative for older people to consider – with 10 hours a week constituting an average of £7,200 annually. This is a quarter of the cost of a single room in a care home.
Jonathan Bruce, managing director of Prestige Nursing+Care said: “As the cost of care continues to outpace pensioner income, pensioners’ shrinking savings pots are contributing to the worrying financial conundrum of how later life care can be funded.
“In trying economic times, relying on family members to foot the bill isn’t always a viable option, while the governments’ purse strings are tighter than ever with £11.5billion of spending cuts planned. While the government’s proposed care cap will help some older people, they will still have to incur a significant financial outlay to reach the cap.”
Simon Bottery, director of policy and communications at Independent Age said: “Care choice should be based on need not costs so it’s essential that people get good advice about their rights to state-funded care and their financial options if they are self-funding.
“This becomes even more important as care bills rise and will further increase as the proposed ‘cap’ on care bills is introduced in 2016 because the proposed system is complicated and far from comprehensive.
“It’s also vital that people understand the benefits of different types of care – care at home, supported housing and residential care – so they can choose the one that best fits their needs and aspirations.”
Research shows it improved the memories of volunteers with narrowed arteries
– Drinking just two cups of cocoa a day boosts an elderly person’s memory – It causes an eight per cent improvement in the blood flow to their brain – This is because compounds in cocoa boost the body’s circulation
Scientists have come up with an indulgent way to stave off dementia. Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may boost memory in pensioners by almost a third. It is thought chocolate’s ability to boost blood circulation is the reason.
‘We’re learning more about blood flow in the brain and its effect on thinking skills,’ said lead author Dr Farzaneh Sorond, from Harvard Medical School.
‘As different areas of the brain need more energy to complete their tasks, they also need greater blood flow. This relationship, called neurovascular coupling, may play an important role in diseases such as Alzheimer’s.’
The study, published in the journal Neurology, involved 60 people with an average age of 73 who did not have dementia. Each volunteer drank two cups of hot cocoa a day for a month and did not consume any other chocolate during the study. Both their memory and thinking skills were examined, while they also had ultrasounds to measure the blood flow to the brain during the tests.
Almost a third of participants had impaired blood flow at the start of the study, but saw an 8.3-per cent improvement in flow to the working areas of the brain by the end of the study. This group with impaired blood flow also experienced improved times after taking a test of working memory, with scores falling from 167 to 116 seconds by the end of the month. In both instances, there was no improvement for those who started out with regular blood flow.
Half of the study participants received hot cocoa that was rich in the antioxidant flavanol, while the other half received flavanol-poor hot cocoa. There were no differences between the two groups in the results. More work is needed to prove a link between cocoa, blood flow problems and cognitive decline,’ said Dr Paul Rosenberg, from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. ‘But this is an important first step that could guide future studies.’
Previous research has found that lovers of dark chocolate – with at least 60-70 per cent cocoa – benefit from a protective effect against high blood pressure and the risk of diabetes. And scientists say it can even benefit those who are already at high risk of heart attacks and strokes. The beneficial effects have been shown only for dark chocolate which is at least 60-70 per cent cocoa. Milk or white chocolate does not provide the same benefits. It is rich in flavonoids which are known to have heart protecting effects. Sceptics say the high calorie content of chocolate tends to offset the benefits.
Another study found that eating chocolate reduces blood pressure and improves insulin sensitivity, reducing the risk of diabetes.
Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: ‘This small study adds to a wealth of existing evidence linking vascular problems and poorer cognition. A cocoa-based treatment would likely be very popular, but it’s too soon to draw any conclusions about its effects.
‘Dementia is one of the greatest medical challenges we face today, and it’s vital that we invest in research to find ways to prevent the condition.
‘Poor vascular health is a known risk factor for dementia, and understanding more about the links between vascular problems and declining brain health could help the search for new treatments and preventions.’
Stay Independent, will now be making sure they offer a cup as part of their elderly home care service in Nottingham.
Article sourced on Thursday 8th August 2013 from: Mail Online
Here at Stay Independent we offer friendly and professional high quality care in the Nottinghamshire area. We understand the importance of being in control of your own life and care, so we design our services to support your personal choices at every stage.
Some people reach a stage in their life where a little extra help would be useful. This does not necessarily mean that they are in the latter years of life. It might be through an accident, have a disability or mobility problem that prevents, what once was a simple task, now becoming more difficult.
We are here to help with those now difficult tasks. We can remove the stress and worry and help you maintain your own independence and retain your dignity and self respect. We will ensure all users have the highest care possible.
Our teams of dedicated, compassionate and friendly careworkers are committed to providing support with dignity and respect. We’re passionate about understanding your needs and requirements, and ensuring that we support you in just the way you need.
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The Government’s devastating cuts to budgets for elderly care are a major cause of the A&E crisis. Fewer older people are getting the care they need at home, meaning more are having to be admitted to hospital, and more get stuck in hospital beds at the end of their treatment because the help isn’t there at home.
Hospitals are struggling to cope. Experts say A&Es don’t have safe staffing levels, we’ve seen more than 4,000 nurses cut from the NHS.
So we are spending thousands on expensive hospital care when a few pounds at home can keep people well. And with hospital beds not being freed up, the pressure backs up through A&E, which can’t then admit new patients to the ward.
It is bad for older people, bad for all patients using A&E and bad for taxpayers.
Labour have suggested that they would support our struggling health and care services. They would invest £1.2bn over the next two years to ease the crisis in social care – tackling a root cause of the pressure on A&E. For older people, this could make a huge difference by enabling them to stay in their own homes for longer and providing the support they need to return home after hospital. For example, it could allow for an extra 70 million hours of home care across England over the next two years, or provide home care for an extra 65,000 older people each year.
Over the longer term, they will bring health and care together into a single service to meet all of a person’s care needs – physical, mental and social. Your care would be organised by a single professional who you know (stay independent).
To protect the NHS from the immediate crisis it faces, they would use the ‘underspends’ in the NHS budget to put an extra billion pounds into social care over the next two years (2013/14 and 2014/15). This extra investment would not only relieve the pressure on A&E; it would help tackle the scandal of care services being withdrawn from older people who need them – enabling more people stay healthy and independent in their own homes – and help families being squeezed by rising charges for care. Extracts sourced from: http://labourlist.org