Working for a better old age – – how to improve older people’s lives

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|Lesley Bell wonders how care delivery might evolve in response to the higher expectations of tomorrow’s older people| At the end of May I found myself sharing a platform in illustrious company at Community Care Live. Speaking with me on the subject of how to improve older people’s lives were Professor Ian Philp, the National Service Framework for Older People “Tsar”, Douglas Webb of Friends for the Elderly and Des Kelly of BUPA. As I listened to their presentations I reflected that life for older people in the future is likely to be very different from that of older people today. The National Minimum Standards for Domiciliary Care should assist in bringing about some of the changes and therefore (hopefully) improve people’ s lives. Standard 6 on responsive services introduces flexibility into the provision of care and requires care staff to ask service users on each visit if there is any particular personal care needs or requirements that they have on that visit and, within reason, meet those needs. Standard

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