Statistics released late last year say life expectancy at age 75 in 2017 was 87.7 and 89.3 for men and women respectively, while projections suggest those reaching 75 in 2040 will live to 90.8 and 92.3.
The figures raise concerns that many of those aged 75+ are not receiving the help they need to plan adequately for the possibility of needing care in later life. This is despite evidence of increasing pressure on care services from an ageing population which is set to see the numbers aged 85+ double to 3.2 million by 20142.
The Just Care Report 2017 released in December indicates that those aged over 75 are not thinking about their care plans:
• 70% have not given long term care any thought, planned for it or spoken to friends and family about it
• Only 5% have made financial plans and … Read More »
A campaign supporting the rights of families to visit at any time and help with care to those living with dementia in care homes is to be launched on Tuesday, October 24th.
Originally introduced to hospitals, John’s Campaign was set up by Nicci Gerrard and her friend Julia Jones, after the death of Nicci’s father John following a catastrophic hospital stay.
The campaign upholds family values and expects dignity in care and is fully supported by Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society and many other organisations.
This project now welcomes care homes to join – supported by Care England and the Care Quality Commission. Maggie Candy, regional manager for Guide Total Care Group, which has taken up John’s Campaign, said it was particularly applicable to care homes.
“This ethos fits in with all personalisation including ‘End of Care’ and Gold Standards thinking,” said Ms Candy.
Guide at Sandon, a … Read More »
A group of residents’ families have come out in support of a Shropshire care operator after it lost its appeal to have its rating reviewed by
the industry regulator.
Family members of residents at the Uplands care home, in Shrewsbury, are backing its owner, Marches Care, after it appealed against the ‘good’ rating given by the Care Quality Commission.
Marches Care says the process by which the rating was given was flawed and “grossly unfair”, and it was on those grounds, rather than the rating itself, that the operator had appealed.
“We are outraged because we can’t see how it is possible to provide better care than that which our loved ones receive at the Uplands,” said Jill Wellings, whose husband Dick has been at the Uplands for five years.
“I worked for 37 years in general practice and investigated a lot of homes before … Read More »
Anna Gaughan explains how a growing UK-wide network, tide – together in dementia everyday, is ensuring that the expertise of carers influences dementia policy, research and practice
Vol 25 No 4 Page 12
Failure to invest in services for an ageing society has meant that they are increasingly reliant on family carers. In the final article of their series, Jill Manthorpe and Steve Iliffe examine the problems faced by carers and ask what it will take to provide them with better support
Vol 25 No 3 May/June 2017 Page 18
Family carers are a crucial resource in the care and support of people with dementia, but their motivations for caring can make the difference between success and failure. William Tai discusses his study of support workers’ views on the way motivations can change and undermine carers’ health
Vol 25 No 2 Page 32
Jacqueline Hussey and colleagues describe an innovative NHS and voluntary sector partnership in Berkshire, providing cost-effective and age-appropriate intervention, prevention, improved wellbeing and integration for younger people with dementia and their carers
Vol 24 No 6 Pages 20-22
Nursing homes are sometimes the best option for people with advanced dementia, but what is it like choosing one? Susan Ashton, Brenda Roe and Barbara Jack report on their study of family caregiver experiences
Vol 24 No 4 Page 22
Derek Dodd, Carlvin Josephs and Diane Bardsley describe how Dorset more than doubled diagnosis rates when they were the lowest in England, and improved support for people with dementia and carers before and after diagnosis
Vol 24 No 4 Page 20
Ordinary communication between people can be disrupted by dementia, but a new training programme offers a solution. Sue Bellass, Phil McEvoy and Tracey Williamson report
Vol 24 No 4 Page 16