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Health Secretary announces dementia as one of his four key health priorities

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced improving dementia care and treatment as one of his four key priorities between now and the next general election.  

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Fraudulent Energy Charges

There appear to be instances around the country whereby a dishonest energy broker has been over charging for energy supplies.   

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Primary care holds the key to raising quality of dementia patients' lives

New campaign launches to tackle dementia stigma and drive concerned people to consult their GP  

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Hospital patients facing 'severe' cutbacks if elderly care crisis not solved

NHS patients will see “severe” reductions in their care in the next few years if the Government does not close an estimated £2 billion shortfall in funding for care for the elderly, hospital chiefs are warning.NHS patients will see “severe” reductions in their care in the next few years if the Government does not close an estimated £2 billion shortfall in funding for care for the elderly, hospital chiefs are warning.  

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Alzheimer's patients get a trip down memory lane

Care home recreates 1950s street... including a pub  

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Britain unprepared for 'tsunami' of dementia patients

More than one million people are expected to be living with the disease in 10 years, but there are not enough care homes. Sarah Morrison reports  

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Being raised in the countryside 'doubles Alzheimer's risk' - but researchers have no idea why

Experts say there is a link between rural living and the disease – and people raised in the country, rather than those who moved there later in life, face the greatest dangers.  

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Take care of elderly parents to inherit pension

If you are hoping to inherit the pension amount of your elderly parents, then start caring for them.  

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Social Care bill not about budget cuts, says minister Michael Matheson

New care proposals planned for Scotland are not about budget cuts, Holyrood's public health minister Michael Matheson has insisted.  

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Advice for care staff on cutting high rates of fire deaths among users

One-third of accidental fire-related deaths over past three years involves people using home care, and care staff need to be aware of the warning signs, says London Fire Brigade.  

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Sir Terry Pratchett: "I thought my Alzheimer's would be a lot worse than this by now"

With a new book just out, Britain’s highest profile Alzheimer’s sufferer and right-to-die campaigner, Sir Terry Pratchett, tells Elizabeth Grice how his diagnosis has given him a new lease of life.  

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All you need to know about running a successful care home

All you need to know about running a successful care home, from Santander's latest sector guide  

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Alzheimer's could be the most catastrophic impact of junk food

There is evidence that poor diet is one cause of Alzheimer's. If ever there was a case for the precautionary principle, this is it  

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Care homes survey will push up quality

Your Care Rating is an attempt to create a national benchmark of quality through independent and robust assessment of care homes  

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Care home chains launch ratings survey as watchdog turns new leaf

Independent survey will cover 850 homes run by 13 operators, and has backing of new CQC chief David Behan  

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Burstow loses care minister's job

Paul Burstow has departed from his role as care services minister and from the government as a whole.  

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Fury of dementia sufferer's wife after her husband is forced to move for treatment SEVEN times in just a year

An elderly dementia sufferer has been forced to move seven times in just over a year, leaving his wife fuming.  

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Woman with early-onset dementia writes diary detailing care wishes

A husband who "lost" his wife to early-onset dementia can now care for her the way she always wanted after discovering her secret diaries written before she fell ill.  

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Council care home beds: six hundred lost in Wales in five years

More than 600 council-run care home beds have been lost in Wales over the past five years, with forecasts that more will go.  

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Personal care costs rise by one-hundred and fifty percent in seven years

The cost of providing free personal care to people in their own homes has risen by more than 150% in seven years, according to the Scottish government.  

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Care home worker jailed for abuse of eighty-nine-year-old caught on hidden camera

Family of Ivy Robinson concealed camera in alarm clock and discovered 'sickening' mistreatment of dementia sufferer  

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Au pairs for the elderly: Squeezed middle-classes turn to untrained help as they struggle to find care

Growing numbers of families are hiring teenage au pairs with no medical training to look after their elderly relatives.   

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WRVS: elderly care confusion 'must end'

Older people are missing out on help needed after a hospital stay because of confusion about what services councils should provide, a charity says.  

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Elderly care: Government to 'set out cost limit'

Ministers are set to include plans to limit how much people have to pay towards the cost of care in old age in the government's next spending review.  

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Winterbourne View: The problem with all care homes

Many people with severe disabilities should be cared for within the NHS, rather than in private facilities   

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Q&A: How care home bills are set to change and what this could mean for you

We explain the current system of care home bill payments and how this is likely to change in the future.   

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Victory for son over dad's home care costs

A man has reclaimed £33,000 from Bradford and Airedale Primary Care Trust (PCT) after he wrongly paid out care home fees for his elderly father – and their case could be just the tip of an iceberg.  

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Opening ceremony nurses bring Olympic spirit to Southgate Beaumont care home

Elderly people living in a Southgate care home were visited on Tuesday by three performers from the Olympic opening ceremony  

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Private care home put profits before humanity

Private care home for severely disabled people put its own profits before basic humanity, a scathing inquiry into abuse finds.  

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Winterbourne View care home scandal 'could happen again'

Another Winterbourne View care home scandal could happen again unless action is taken by the government, campaigners have warned.  

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Last chance to reclaim unfairly paid care home fees as deadline looms

**Solicitors are warning that thousands could miss out on reclaiming unfairly paid care home fees as the window to appeal against council funding decisions approaches.**  

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Care worker admits abusing patients

The final member of staff caught on camera abusing patients at a care home at the centre of a TV investigation has pleaded guilty.  

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Half of elderly people do not want to rely on family for care

A quarter would be happy to go into a home  

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Why the media should challenge stereotypes of elderly care

The media must drive awareness to the positive aspects of care if we are going to change the way people feel about it  

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Care home residents take part in 'OAP Olympics'

Older people got into the Olympic spirit as they took part in the fifth annual Sheffield Care Home Games at Don Valley Stadium.   

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The elderly men battling loneliness

The elderly men battling loneliness: Third of those aged over 75 spend more than 12 hours a day on their own  

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Is there a future for luxury care homes?

The not-for-profit group Anchor, best known for its sheltered housing, is opening a luxury care home. The charity believes it marks the start of a new model of care for the baby boomer generation. But with doubts remaining about the future prospects for sector will the approach take off?  

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Complaining families "threatened with care home visiting bans"

Elderly careFamilies are being threatened with a ban on visiting vulnerable relatives in council care homes if they make “too many” complaints, a Welsh human rights organisation has claimed.  

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Coordinated community intervention reduces care home need

Research shows that a co-ordinated, multidisciplinary approach to care in the home can improve quality of life and greatly reduce the need for people with dementia to leave their homes.  

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Social care white paper: what has the government agreed to?

Government commitments on care sound positive, but without a cap on liability they leave many questions unanswered  

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Andrew Lansley complains 'people always want more'

Andrew Lansley complained that “people always want more” after charities and campaign groups criticised him for failing to cut the costs of elderly care.  

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Use left-over NHS cash to pay for elderly care, say MPs

Left-over cash from NHS budgets should be handed over to local councils to pay for care for the elderly and disabled, according to MPs.   

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Deadly drugs still given to the elderly

Elderly patients in some parts of England are six times more likely to be prescribed potentially deadly drugs than in other areas, official figures show.   

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Care home worker stole more than eleven-thousand pounds from hundred-year-old woman

A care home worker stole more than £11,000 from a 100-year-old woman whose money she had been entrusted to look after.   

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Will we be getting more help to pay for a care home?

This week the Government announced new proposals designed to alleviate the crisis in long-term care.  

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Social care plans 'simply paper over cracks'

The elderly and disabled face years of misery because the government has failed in its overhaul of social care, council leaders and campaigners say.  

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Thirteen million pound care home revamp upheaval for OAP residents

ELDERLY residents at a Carmarthenshire care home look likely to be uprooted for more than two years after plans to rebuild their accommodation were announced this week.  

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Elderly care cap could be set at one-hundred-thousand pounds

The coalition was today accused of “ducking” crucial elderly care funding reforms as ministers delayed taking a final decision on capping care costs but indicated the limit could be set as high as £100,000.   

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Social care cap delayed as cheaper option sought

Ministers have refused to fully commit to a cap on care costs which the elderly and disabled must pay in England, saying they need to explore cheaper options first.  

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Care fees paid AFTER you die

Care fees paid AFTER you die: New loan scheme will mean elderly can keep their homes... but families may have to sell later to settle care bills  

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How to fund care for the elderly – now

The “pay when you die” scheme is not to be introduced in 2015, so read on to find out how to fund care now.   

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Care Home Costs Funded By State Loans

Plans to let the elderly delay care home costs until they die through the use of state loans are to be outlined by the Government.  

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There's no long-term vision in Dilnot's dismissal

With news that the Treasury has successfully blocked the Dilnot commission's plans for reforming long-term care, the anxiety facing millions of older people and their families goes on  

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Care home with just ONE elderly resident costs council four hundred and fifty thousand-a-year to run

An old people's home which has just one surviving resident left is costing taxpayers nearly half-a-million pounds a year to run.  

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Buckfastleigh care home fined over death of resident

A care home has been fined £110,000 over the death of a 75-year-old man who careered down a flight of stairs in his wheelchair after fire doors were wedged open.  

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Tony Robinson: 'Middle Ages were right on elderly care'

After spending a week in a residential care home, actor and presenter Tony Robinson believes it is time to rethink our attitude towards the elderly.  

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World's oldest triathlete, ninety-one, opens new care home

A CARE home has been opened in Saltford by the world's oldest triathlete Arthur Gilbert MBE. At the age of 91, Mr Gilbert recently carried the Olympic Torch through Somerset.   

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Dingwall care home and GP criticised over woman's death

A care home and local GP practice have been criticised by a sheriff following an 87-year-old woman's death caused by her infected bed sores.  

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CQC raps care home for playing blaring Bollywood music to elderly residents and employing staff with poor English

A care home for elderly people has been criticised by a government health watchdog because most of it staff spoke poor English - and for playing Bhangra music to residents.  

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Bed-sores death is blamed on care home

THERE was “every chance” that the death of an elderly care home resident who developed pressure sores could have been avoided if a treatment plan had been properly followed, a sheriff has ruled.  

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Cheltenham care homes operator goes into administration

The operator of four Cheltenham care homes has gone into administration leaving up to 60 jobs at risk.  

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The scams to watch out for

Professional Adviser seeks out the investment scams lurking below the radar, pouncing on unsuspecting consumers.  

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Well-off elderly could lose benefits including winter fuel allowance in care shake-up

Wealthy pensioners could lose their winter fuel payments and free TV licences to help raise money for long-term elderly care, a government adviser said yesterday  

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Elderly patients 'helped to die to free up beds', warns doctor

NHS hospitals are using end-of-life care to help elderly patients to die because they are difficult to look after and take up valuable beds, a top doctor has warned.  

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Labour offer on elderly care reform

Labour has offered to suspend "politics as usual" in an attempt to find a long-term solution to the problems of funding social care for the elderly in England.   

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Alzheimer’s Society training programme in care homes aims to reduce antipsychotic prescriptions

An Alzheimer’s Society training programme, supported by funding from the Department of Health and the HC-One care home group, is being rolled out to 150 care homes across the UK.  

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Lord Warner: Treasury must reconsider 'death tax' to meet soaring cost of elderly care

The Treasury must look again at a 'death tax' to meet the soaring costs of elderly care in the future, Lord Warner has said.   

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Thousands of Families to lose right to reclaim wrongly paid care home fees

People who think that they or a relative have been wrongly denied NHS funding for residential or nursing care need to act quickly to beat the deadline, with just a matter of months left to lodge their appeals  

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Traffic light crossings 'too quick for pensioners'

Four in five pensioners cannot cross the road quickly enough to use a pedestrian crossing safely, researchers are warning.   

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Cash strapped councils strip nine-hundred-million pounds from elderly care

Elderly and disabled care budgets have been slashed by £900 million this year alone as local councils struggle to balance the books, social services chiefs have disclosed.  

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Age discrimination law welcomed by MPs and care sector

The Government has announced a new law designed to prevent age discrimination within the NHS, announced by Home Secretary Theresa May and Care Services Minister Paul Burstow in the Commons yesterday.  

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NHS Continuing Healthcare Deadlines

**Deadlines have been introduced to applications for NHS continuing healthcare funding assessments, for care which took place between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2012. The deadlines apply to applications for retrospective periods of care, which have not previously been assessed.**   

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Cuts to care at home ‘putting elderly at risk’, and could end up costing billions

The elderly are being put at risk because of ‘dangerous’ cuts to home-based care, a charity warns today.  

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One in three care homes not inspected in past year

Almost 4,000 residential homes for elderly people have not been inspected for at least a year, the care watchdog has confirmed.   

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Red Cross warns of 'false economy' of 'dangerous' social care cuts

Elderly people are being put in jeopardy by "dangerous" cuts to basic home care which will end up costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds, GPs today warn.   

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Oldest living sisters Dorothy Richards and Marjorie Ruddle clock up two-hundred and thirteen years

Two centenarians were recognised yesterday as the world's oldest siblings.  

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Care home residents who pay subsidising the rest, owners admit

Middle class people in care homes are being charged up to £12,000 a year extra to subsidise the cost of those who receive free care, owners have admitted.   

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Elderly 'left hungry as care home tried to cut down on shopping bill'

Frail elderly people were routinely left without food after their care home ran out of supplies because of an apparent attempt to “cut down the shopping bill”, an inspection has found.  

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Alliance demands action on 'unfair' long-term care

An alliance of long-term care groups and campaigners has created a six-point plan calling for urgent and significant reform of the country’s “unfair system”.  

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Set alight in her care home bed, ninety-six year-old Edith Stuart deserves justice. It is unlikely she will get it.

Oh, what a sorrowful end to the life of 96-year-old Edith Stuart. The great-grandmother died in an elderly care home in Lancashire after her bedding was set alight.   

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OAP Meredith Parry spends FOURTEEN hours on A and E trolley

AN URGENT investigation is under way after an 85-year-old dementia patient was kept overnight on a hospital trolley for 14 hours. Care home resident Meredith Parry had been due to be admitted to a ward soon after arriving at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire's accident unit.   

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Quarter of a million elderly will be paying for care by twenty thirty

260,000 elderly will be paying for care by 2030: Warning that numbers affected will double in 20 years  

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Social care funding gap in England 'can be plugged'

The funding gap for reforming social care in England could be plugged by raiding the NHS surplus or restricting access to benefits such as the winter fuel allowance, experts say.  

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Smartphone becomes most important tool for workers providing care for the elderly

Care workers providing care for the elderly in the city of Stockholm have found that having access their schedules and documentation on smartphones has greatly improved their way of working.  

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Man sought over Milton Keynes care home sex assault

Police are trying to trace a man who used a false identity to get a job in a Buckinghamshire care home where a woman was sexually assaulted.  

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Soaring toll of elderly starving in their homes: Hospital admissions up fifty percent as councils cut back care

The number of people hospitalised because they are malnourished has soared by 50 per cent in five years.  

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Convicted care home worker walks free

A FORMER care home worker convicted of humiliating and ill-treating vulnerable residents has walked free from court.  

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Shock as nursing home fee nears ten thousand pounds a month

A DAUGHTER has hit out at a nursing home which has nearly trebled the price of her mother’s care to almost £10,000 a month.  

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Care home residents' IT tutor plea

ELDERLY residents at a Greenock nursing home are searching for volunteers to teach them how to use computers - so they can keep in touch with relatives around the globe.   

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Pensioner sees care home fees double

Pensioner sees care home fees double to £125,000 a year  

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The real cost of care

Thousands of families in England may be paying councils millions of pounds a year for care home places that should be free reveals our new report 'The real cost of care'.  

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Middle classes are let down on elderly care as they have to overcome five expensive obstacles to find a care home place

Warning from the charity Independent Age comes amid growing concerns over how long-term care is funded  

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Care homes must become dementia-friendly places

We cannot afford to ignore, stigmatise and isolate the increasing number of people affected by dementia  

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Health care assistants 'must be registered' say MPs

Patients are being put at risk because health care assistants (HCAs) who make serious mistakes are not banned from the profession, MPs warn today.  

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Lessons from America for the UK care home sector

The US experience over the past 20 years can help inform the debate about how to meet the long-term needs of the elderly  

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Crenezumab: Trial Will Gauge Whether Alzheimer's Drug Can Prevent Or Slow The Disease

Drug picked from pool of 25 rivals Study is first prevention trial for Alzheimer's disease Trial puts major theory of disease to the test   

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RCN conference: Nurses' compassion 'as important as skills'

New nurses should be judged on their compassion not just their skills, the NHS Confederation chairman is to say.  

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State-funded elderly care declining, Labour figures suggest

The number of elderly people in England getting council-funded care has fallen by 11% in the last two years, figures obtained by Labour suggest.  

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Elderly care petition could go to Parliament after gaining one hundred and thirty thousand signatures

Campaigners for an overhaul of the elderly care system hope to trigger a debate in Parliament after collecting more than 130,000 signatures on a petition to David Cameron.   

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Elderly face 'revolving door' hospital care under nursing cuts

Elderly patients face a ‘revolving door’, being shuttled between hospital and home because of cuts to community nursing, the Royal College of Nursing claims today (Mon).   

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Former carer - RQIA inspections must be more rigorous

A former carer at a Belfast residential home has said the regulatory body must carry out inspections more rigorously.   

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Leading article: Time is running out to reform social care

Tricky or not, the challenge is one to which politicians on both sides must rise  

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CQC finds lack of stimulation in learning disability care home inspections

The Care Quality Commission found major concerns at three of the 10 care homes it inspected for people with learning disabilities.   

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Well-off elderly 'cannot expect free care or help with care home bills'

The middle classes should not expect help with care home bills, two right-leaning pressure groups said yesterday.  

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Don't turn your back on the elderly, PM urged: Impassioned plea from campaigners who fear Coalition won't tackle OAP care crisis

David Cameron came under unprecedented pressure last night to transform provision of care for the elderly  

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Retro makeover project helps care home residents recall their past

Residents at a care home in Prestwick are being taken back in time after their dwellings were given a 1970s makeover.  

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Care homes warned to discuss 'do not resuscitate' forms with families

NHS says homes must follow law on decisions to attempt resuscitation, after issuing apology to woman who stumbled on 'DNR' order in father's notes  

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Liz Kendall: The elderly and disabled cannot afford to wait

Every week brings more evidence of the growing crisis in care for older and disabled people.   

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Three million unpaid carers spending own money supporting elderly

Almost three million people spend more than £1,200 of their own money every year caring for an elderly loved-one, a study suggests.   

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Labour 'will pull out of elderly care talks unless Coalition acts’

Labour is prepared to pull out of cross-party talks on reforming elderly care if the Coalition continues to “kick the issue into the long grass”.   

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Severe dementia care: Homes try new approach

It is estimated that one-in-three people over 65 will die with dementia  

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Ex-UDM leader jailed for theft

A former leader of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers has been jailed for four years for stealing almost £150,000 from a Nottinghamshire charity which cared for elderly miners.  

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Care home owner agrees eight hundred and twenty five million pound sale

The owner of 445 care homes which is responsible for looking after some 20,000 residents has agreed to be sold to financier Guy Hands' private equity firm for £825 million, it was announced today.  

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Local councils call for radical reform of elderly and disabled care

The Local Government Association has written a letter to the three main political parties calling for radical reform in elderly and disabled care.  

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Care home inspector arrested over bribery claims

A care home inspector has been arrested on suspicion of bribery for allegedly asking for money in return for favourable reports.  

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Care home blasted by inspectors

A CARE home has been ordered to clean up its act after inspectors uncovered a catalogue of “significant” issues during a surprise visit.  

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Couple remain inseparable after 67 years of marriage

A COUPLE described as ‘a wonderful combination’ have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.   

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Family blame death of Rose, 69, on care home after she was given MALE cancer treatment

THE grieving family ofa 69-year-old woman have blamed blundering staff at a care home for her death.   

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Improving Continence Care for Care Home Residents

The British Geriatrics Society today launched a new poster campaign to improve continence care for care home residents.   

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Positive report for nursing home

A NURSING home in Banbury is meeting essential standards according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).   

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Billingham care home worker accused of humiliating residents

A CARE home worker assaulted one resident and ill-treated three more by shouting at them and humiliating them in front of others, a court heard today.   

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Inquest into care home death

An inquest opens today to determine whether neglect played any part in the death of a 94 year old grandmother.   

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Young look to state to fund elderly care

Four out of 10 people who expect to stay in their own home in old age think the state will pay for their care, a study on attitudes to ageing in Britain shows.  

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'I used a spy camera to catch a care home thug beating up my mother'

'I used a spy camera to catch a care home thug beating up my mother': How a daughter's suspicions lead to her uncovering harrowing abuse  

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'They shoved latex gloves in her mouth': Nursing home workers caught abusing elderly on hidden camera

An Oklahoma City family was so convinced that employees of the Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were stealing from their 96-year old matriarch, they put a hidden camera in her room.  

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'Lady Glanister' care home boss stole £330,000 from care home residents to buy diamonds

A care home boss styled herself "Lady Glanister" and bought 15 fur coats, jewellery and champagne after stealing £330,000 from her employer, a court heard.   

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Shock for elderly residents as care home closes

RESIDENTS at a Cynon Valley care home have been given just over a week’s notice to find somewhere new to live.  

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Women more likely than men to go into care home

Elderly women are 40 per cent more likely to go into care homes than men, say researchers.   

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Exclusive: Crisis in care of elderly as £1bn cuts bite

Hundreds of thousands face reduction in their support  

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Plundering care home finance boss Jenny Glanister jailed

A woman who stole more than £330,000 a Northamptonshire care home to fund a luxury lifestyle has been jailed.  

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Hospitals ordered to stop 'obviously unacceptable' practice of sending patients home in the middle of the night

Some 3.5 per cent of all hospital discharges took place between 11pm and 6am.  

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Flu outbreak at Nursing Home in Fahan is over

The flu outbreak at Nazareth House Nursing Home in Fahan is over.   

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800,000 vulnerable elderly fighting to stay in their homes

Some 800,000 vulnerable elderly people are struggling to live in their own homes without any state-provided home help, say campaigners who argue the most vulnerable in society are being "catastrophically let down" by social services.   

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Dementia care home launches £2.5m campaign

IF SHE could have, Alice Beck would have nursed husband Peter ‘until the bitter end’.   

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Nurse filmed assaulting dementia patient, 80, on daughter's secret camera

Nurse filmed assaulting dementia patient, 80, on daughter's secret camera  

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'Care gaps and funding gaps'

Older people are being failed by an under-funded social care system, according to Dr Ian Donald of the British Geriatrics Society.  

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Great-grandmother, 94, suffers horrific injuries after falling out of hospital bed because 'elf and safety rules ban side-bars

A great-grandmother looked like she had 'been beaten up' after falling out of bed at her care home - because of 'stupid' new health and safety rules banning bed bars, her family claims.  

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Guy Hands' Terra Firma looks to buy Four Seasons care homes business

Guy Hands is one of the frontrunners to invest in the country's largest care home business in what would be the controversial financier's largest deal since his firm's ill-fated acquisition of music giant EMI.   

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Hafan Tywi private care home in Ferryside, Carmarthenshire, shut by court

A private Carmarthenshire care home has been forced to close after a court ruled its residents could be at risk.  

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Enjoying yourself the key to living to 105

A great- great-grandmother who believes in living life to the full celebrated her 105th birthday yesterday.  

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Care home owners told to improve safety

THE owners of a care home have been warned to improve safety standards or face enforcement action after a snap inspection revealed unsafe use of medication.  

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Insurers leave care home residents at risk of theft

Vulnerable people in care homes are being left out of pocket because insurers won’t cover their valuables.  

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Care home shut down by court

A CARE home near Carmarthen has been forced to close after a court ruled its residents could be at risk.  

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Two Hoots care home in Thornton Heath 'closed by red tape'

BIG grins, waves and laughs all round, meet the Two Hoots family – a group of disabled adults, pictured during one of their many days out.  

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After a seventh flu death at Orchar Nursing Home, expert says worst may be over

The flu outbreak has claimed a seventh life at Orchar Nursing Home in Broughty Ferry, but one of Scotland's leading bacteriologists has said the worst of the crisis may be over.  

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Pets Benefit Aging Adults’ Health, Mizzou Researcher Says

Eldercare facility acknowledges benefits and accommodates residents’ pet ownership  

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Cholesterol drug shows Alzheimer’s benefits in mice

Scientists in Canada have found that a cholesterol-lowering drug called simvastatin could improve blood vessel function and improve learning and memory in mice showing features of Alzheimer’s disease when given early in the disease process.  

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50 jobs in store at new Calderdale nursing home

MORE than 50 new jobs are on the cards at a rapidly expanding care home.  

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Pensioner died hours after care home attack

An elderly woman collapsed at a care home in the Black Country less than two hours after she was hit over the head by another resident with a walking stick, an inquest heard.  

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Discrimination 'denying care home residents hospital access', study suggests

Elderly people in care homes are being denied access to basic NHS services available to everyone because of discrimination, a major study suggests.   

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Drive-through 'McDonalds' for Beverley killed off by care home plan

MULTI-million pound new proposals for a prime Beverley site are set to kill off controversial plans for a fast food restaurant.  

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David Cameron 'forgets' 1/4m with dementia in care homes

David Cameron has "forgotten" about dementia patients in care homes because "not a single penny" of the extra money he has just pledged will help them, the Registered Nursing Home Association has claimed.  

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Arlene Philips confronts PM over elderly patient care

Arlene Phillips, the former Strictly Come Dancing judge, confronted David Cameron over elderly patient care, challenging him to improve training for nurses.   

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Older people's learning charity wants care homes to embrace in-house courses

UK care homes may be transformed into places of learning, if a new range of courses from the University of the Third Age (U3A) is embraced by residential care providers   

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Care home owner used aromatherapy oils to dress serious wounds without approval - hearing told

A CARE home owner interested in alternative treatments used aromatherapy oils to dress serious wounds without the approval of a nursing team, a standards committee has been told.   

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Locked up and sedated: Huge rise in number of dementia patients being 'restrained' by hospital staff and carers

Dementia patients are increasingly being ‘restrained’ by hospital staff and carers, a report warns.  

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NHS ageism 'harming elderly care'

The elderly are being passed around hospitals in England like parcels, often going without treatment because of ageist attitudes, a report suggests.  

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NHS care for elderly is a 'postcode lottery'

An alarming postcode lottery has been uncovered by ITV News in the levels of NHS care available to people who fall ill in their old age.  

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Budget 2012: Elderly care bills could rise to £100,000

Elderly people face paying up to £100,000 for their care under a secret government plan, The Daily Telegraph has learned.   

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Care home’s oldest resident reaches 102

STAFF at a care centre in Banbury held a small party to celebrate the birthday of their oldest resident.  

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Care home staff win top awards

TWO members of staff at the same care home were celebrating after picking up awards.  

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Outbreak of deadly flu hits care homes for elderly

Health officials say the death rate in care homes is the highest they have seen for several years  

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Pensioner who died after fall at care home 'lay on the floor bleeding for up to 10 minutes because Muslim nurse was praying'

Dorothy Griffiths, 89, fell from her bed, cutting her head and leaving a gash in her hip After finishing praying the nurse said Mrs Griffiths was fine, only for her to fall unconscious four hours later   

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Elderly 'should be cared for at home on NHS'

Elderly patients should be looked after at home by NHS-funded carers instead of being kept at hospital, experts said in a criticism of the Government's health reforms.  

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Up to 10 Devon care homes set to recieve share of £11.2million grant

MID Devon care homes could scoop a share of a £11.2million investment which aims to develop up to ten centres of excellence for people with dementia.   

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There should be better respite care for my son, 21, than at old people's homes

A mother has spoken of her disgrace after her young disabled son was offered alternative support at old people's homes following the closure of Scotter House respite centre.  

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Fitness Tips at Care Home from Trainer, aged 81

Fitness trainer Tony Gore proved age is no barrier to keeping active when he led an exercise class at a care home in West Sussex - at the grand age of 81.   

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"Staff and resident storytelling can help improve care homes"

Much can be learnt from capturing experiences about both the negative and positive aspects of care homes  

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Action at Llanelli care home blaze praised

STAFF have been praised for their swift action to get residents to safety following a fire at a Llanelli care home.  

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Home care for elderly branded 'shocking and disgraceful'

The standards of care provided for older people in their homes in the UK has been labelled "shocking and disgraceful" by a consumer group.  

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Cheap food diet of care home elderly: Now nurses condemn the penny-pinching managers

Profit-chasing care homes are condemning elderly residents to spend their final months or years having ‘value’ food and squash, a report warns.  

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Quality care accommodation crisis looms for elderly

Kames Capital and Target Advisers have predicted a chronic shortfall in the provision of quality care accommodation as life expectancy in the UK continues to increase.  

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Fire at Llanelli care home prompts evacuation

Thirty-seven people have been evacuated from a privately-run care home in Llanelli after a fire in its laundry  

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Statins may cut risk of Parkinson's

People who take statins - drugs used to lower cholesterol - may be slightly less likely to get Parkinson's, according to new research.  

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Property services and care for elderly in one

AN ENTREPRENEUR has set up a new business in Fowey, helping townsfolk sell their homes and look after the elderly, all under one roof.  

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Care homes struggling to meet needs of elderly people, RCN warns

Royal College of Nursing survey blames years of under-investment for worsening of conditions  

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CQC Survey: What do you think about the way we inspect?

We would like to hear your views and experience of our model of regulation and inspection, and whether this is helping to achieve good quality care for people.  

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How our care plans for the elderly halved hospital costs

Dr Adrian Baker describes how case management in NHS Highland has reduced hospital admissions and improved end-of-life care for thousands  

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NHS bill: GPs offer to help with health changes

The Royal College of GPs has indicated it is willing to work again with the government on implementing changes to the NHS in England, it has emerged.  

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Sanctuary chef aiming for finals of national care catering contest

A Sanctuary Care chef is hoping to win the prestigious title - National Association of Care Catering’s Care Cook of the Year.   

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Nurses could be given limits on number of patients they care for

New rules could be introduced to limit the number of patients cared for by each nurse in hospital.  

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Care home workers filmed beating frail dementia sufferers are SPARED jail

Pair repeatedly beat and abused elderly care home patients and were only caught when a whistleblower filmed them.  

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Care home residents 'denied basic GP medical services'

Some doctors are refusing to visit elderly care home residents, a BBC investigation has found.  

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Better hospital care for elderly vow after report

THE Older People's Commissioner for Wales has said she is pleased health bosses have pledged to improve the hospital care of elderly patients.  

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Care for our Dad was exceptional

ALL you hear in the news is about the bad care in nursing homes and you never seem to hear about the good ones. Well I would like to tell everyone our story.  

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Protest planned to save care home

PLANS are afoot for a special protest later this month, in opposition to any plans to close Hafod y Gest care home in Porthmadog.  

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Care home residents benefit from capital knitting project

Anything Goes knitters will contribute recycled creations to organisations across the city  

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Alzheimer's patients 'should stay on drugs for longer'

Thousands of patients with advanced Alzheimer's disease could benefit from drugs, research suggests.  

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Bradford's dementia care praised by professor

The Government’s dementia tsar visited Bradford Royal Infirmary yesterday to see the largest refurbishment project of its kind.   

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People in care homes not having healthcare needs met

Disabled and elderly people in care homes are not getting the health services that they need quickly enough, according to a damning report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published today.   

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Alliance of care organisations announces lobbying of Health Secretary on care reforms

An alliance of forty-five care charities, associations and providers has written an open letter to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in order to show solidarity on the importance of care reforms.   

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Elderly care system is a 'dog's breakfast', minister Paul Burstow admits

The current system of organising care for the elderly and disabled is a “dog’s breakfast” and in urgent need of reform, the minister responsible for it admitted yesterday.   

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New £55m centre in Stirling for elderly care agreed

Plans have been unveiled to "transform" the way elderly people in the Forth Valley are cared for.  

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Only the elderly with £100,000 in assets 'should pay for care home fees' argue campaigners ahead of mass rally

No family should be forced to dip into their savings to pay for care in old age if their assets fall below £100,000, campaigners will argue today in a mass rally at Parliament.  

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Sleep quality 'improves with age'

The belief that older people tend to suffer worse sleep may be false - in fact the reverse may be true, according to US researchers.  

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Husband in fight for care funding

AN ELDERLY man caring for his wife made a heartfelt plea on behalf of dementia patients.   

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Could providing hospital care for the elderly bankrupt Britain?

Today's models of healthcare are not designed to cope with the problems of an ageing population, says Dr Samir Sinha  

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Elderly care: your experiences

Can the Dignity in Care report's recommendations improve treatment of elderly people in hospitals and care homes? Readers working in elderly care share their experiences  

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Changes to care homes

A NEW era has dawned in the way elderly people in Neath and Port Talbot are cared for.  

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Learning to Live With an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Even with an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, you're still you. Learn why keeping a smile on your face can help make coming to terms with the news an easier process.  

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Care for older women: 'I've got no one left to help me. And I'm scared'

The Delivering Dignity report highlights the plight of older women, who bear the brunt of underfunded social care  

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The Commission on improving dignity in care released its draft report and recommendations on 29 February 2012.

  

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How one hospital is getting it right

An overhaul is needed in the way hospitals and care homes in England approach caring for the elderly, a review says. The Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People said too many people were being "let down" by the current system. But some places are getting it right.   

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Why retirement villages are building in popularity

Retirement communities can be an attractive option for older people. But does the model work as well for those with disabilities?  

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Overhaul in approach to elderly care 'needed'

Being compassionate should be as important as being clever when it comes to the recruitment of staff to care for the elderly, experts say.  

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'Care home safety must not play second fiddle to the acute sector'

A renewed focus on medicines management in care homes is needed, says the NPSA’s Bruce Warner  

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Struck-off nurse is working as manager in Bristol nursing home

A CARE home manager who was struck off for a catalogue of failings is continuing to work in a Bristol nursing home.  

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Pensioner died after spending EIGHT HOURS in freezing cold outside care home overnight

Inquest heard how staff 'did not following right procedures' to detect she was missing  

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'Care home safety must not play second fiddle to the acute sector'

A renewed focus on medicines management in care homes is needed, says the NPSA’s Bruce Warner   

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Residential care homes fees soar 14%

Soaring care home charges - up by more than £4,000 a year, in some cases - is putting more pressure on UK pensioners to sell their homes. The rising fees are partly due to local councils cutting back on the number of poorer pensioners they fund.  

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Families hide their wealth to avoid care home costs

Some relatives of pensioners are hiding their parents' full wealth to avoid paying care home fees and many local authorities are failing to use the available legal powers to claw the money back.   

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Survey rates nursing home as one of the best in the country

A PRIVATE nursing home is celebrating after it received one of the highest scores in the country in a recent survey.  

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'Silver surfers' should be listened to

As patients' interaction with the health service increasingly moves online, it is easy to assume that the voices of the elderly will be lost along the way.   

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'Dignity' inspections in hundreds of care homes within weeks

A team of inspectors is to be sent into hundreds of care homes within to check whether elderly people are being treated with dignity.   

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Better Life project allows older people to tell it like it is

New initiative aims to counteract the stereotype of older people as dependents or burdens by putting their testimonies online  

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Healthcare timebomb as pensioner numbers rocket

Pensioners now spend almost half of their retirement in ill-health, according to official figures, intensifying the pressure on the Government to solve the elderly care crisis.   

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GPs 'to prescribe health apps'

GPs could soon offer their patients free smartphone apps to help with managing health conditions.  

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Call for Dignity Code to protect elderly patients

Nurses and care workers should sign a Dignity Code guaranteeing that elderly patients are treated with respect, say a group of politicians and charities.  

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Highcliffe Nursing Home reduces 'death notice'

A Dorset nursing home has announced it will no longer charge for a four-week notice period after a resident's death.  

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Nairn and Ardersier GP-led study on care plans

Greater anticipation of the medical care needed by vulnerable people could bring major benefits to patients and save money, according to a new study.  

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Care Home developers set to create 300 jobs

Two former care home developers have launched their own company, in a move which will create over 300 jobs across the UK.   

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Care home orders grieving daughter to pay £3,000… because she didn't give 28 days' notice of her father's DEATH

Sue Cann received the bill for the outstanding care bill the day after her father Kenneth's funeral.  

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Four Seasons care homes in talks with new investors

Four Seasons, Britain's biggest care homes operator, is in talks with potential new equity investors to help the business grapple with its crippling debt burden.  

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Animals make nursing home living easier

When Tolema Boblitt was looking for an assisted living center for herself and her husband, she had one important condition. Their cat, Calico, had to be able to come with them.  

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OAPs Go Surfing at a Care Home

CARE home residents can catch up with friends and family at any time of the day or night thanks to the use of new specialist computers.  

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Having a Curry Could Help Ward Off Dementia

Eating curry once or twice a week could stave off dementia, research suggests.  

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Care for elderly 'let down by fragmented system'

Older people are being let down by a social care system in which they are "passed like a parcel" between services, a committee of MPs has said.   

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Care stepped up for the elderly.

WITH one of the highest proportions of elderly patients in the entire country, a number of projects are under way at Scarborough Hospital to ensure older people receive the best possible care.   

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Our vulnerable elderly are being treated like cattle. The private sector can help.

  

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Care home meals costing just £2.27 a day are branded a 'national disgrace'

Some care homes are spending as little as £2.27 a day on food for each resident – less than the price of a medium-sized coffee on the high street.  

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Cancer Drug Offers Hope on Alzheimer's

A SKIN cancer drug may reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease, tests have revealed.  

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Four Seasons: Care Home Provider in New Debt Talks

The UK's largest care home provider, which bought many of the Southern Cross properties, has said it is in talks to raise money to pay its debts.  

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New Council Warning Over Costs of Care for the Elderly

It's a political and financial worry for all of us; just how do we pay for our loved ones who need residential care?  

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Trading Standards Monitors Care Home Food

Trading Standards officers in Warwickshire have been monitoring meal quality at 10 nursing and care homes.  

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Elderly 'suffer as social care spending cut'

Spending on social care for the elderly in England is falling this year - despite the assurances of ministers, an analysis by campaigners suggests.  

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Over-55s don't want to pay for long-term care

From The Guardian: An Avivia survey finds that the over-55s are 'terrified' of the potential bill for long-term care and believe the state should cover the costs  

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