Elderly care news from Stay Independent

Elderly care news from Stay Independent

Frail, vulnerable elderly people 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.

We can help

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.

Government spending on dementia research will be doubled by 2025

Prime Minister announces government will double dementia research funding by 2025

Leading nations have committed to developing a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 at the G8 dementia summit.

Health ministers meeting in London said it was a “big ambition” and that they would significantly increase funding for research to meet that goal.

The UK has already said it aims to double its annual research funding to £132m by 2025.

The global number of dementia sufferers is expected to treble to 135m by 2050.

The G8 said it would “develop a co-ordinated international research action plan” to target the gaps in research and ways to address them.

Dementia is heading towards being the biggest health and care problem of a generation so you’d think it would have the funding to match. Yet it really is the poor relation of other diseases.

In the UK, about £590m is spent on cancer research with £267 coming from government. At the moment £52m of government money goes to dementia research.

It’s a pattern reflected around the world.

Part of the problem is that until recently dementia was considered a “normal part of ageing” whereas cancer has been documented as far back as ancient Egypt.

It means dementia research is starting from a low base.

The UK is aiming to double its spend, but this will still leave dementia significantly behind.

The Alzheimer’s Society says it expects more.

More investment in dementia research

The government gets behind dementia research

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.

Information sourced from: Alzheimers Society

Personal care at home for elderly people

Help in your own homeIf 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.

Making Life Easier

Making life easierStay 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.