Sandwich Carers

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The social care system is under extreme pressure, so additional stress is being placed on families who are trying to juggle children, work and older relatives.

A report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says more than a quarter of such “sandwich carers” are suffering from depression or stress.

“Sandwich carers” look after their elderly parents and their children.

Researchers say there are 1.3 million people in the UK with such multi-generational caring responsibilities.

People falling into this category are often in their 40s and 50s. This is a result of longer life expectancy and women tending to have children later in life.

The majority of carers in this “sandwich generation” are women – and almost half of these women feel that they cannot work as many hours as they would like.

Read more detail about the sandwich generation on the bbc website here.

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Virtual Cycling System Helping Dementia Patients

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Residents in a Liverpool care home have been trialling an exercise bike connected to a virtual reality screen to go on virtual bike rides across the world.

The system from Norway enables dementia patients to feel a sense of independence.

It’s also obviously great exercise, so helps with general wellbeing. There is also some evidence that exercise slows down cognitive decline.

Residents in a Liverpool care home have been trying the system out. Watch the video below.

 

See the original article on the BBC website here

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Over-40s not taking free dementia health check

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People aged between 40 and 74 (with no pre-existing health problems) is automatically eligible for the check, which happens every five years.

The 20-minute painless assessment, which checks for heart, kidney and diabetes problems, has been taken by less than 50% of the 15 million eligible people over the past five years.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease remains a leading cause of death in England and Wales in 2017.

Someone who has had a stroke, or has diabetes or heart disease, is around twice as likely to develop vascular dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The checks are part of the NHS in England’s goal of improving early diagnosis of dementia.

Information about the health check can be found on the NHS UK website.

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Loneliness projects to receive £11.5m cash injection

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The UK government believes the health impact of loneliness is on a par with smoking.

One hundred and twenty-six projects have been chosen to receive up to £100,000 each in the first ever government-backed fund to tackle loneliness.

The projects target a range of groups across England including lonely elderly men in Cornwall.

Loneliness increases the risk of depression, low self-esteem, sleep problems and Alzheimer’s disease.

Mims Davies, the minister for loneliness, said: “I am committed to encouraging open conversations around this sensitive topic to reduce the stigma and create an environment where everyone is better connected.”

A study by the Co-op and New Economics Foundation attempted to calculate the cost of loneliness to private sector employers and estimated there was a £2.5bn annual cost due to absence and productivity losses.

Read more here

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New Tax to Fund Social Care Being Considered

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A new tax being considered by ministers as a way to fund social care could raise up to £15bn a year, according to a new report.

The proposal would see a 2.5 per cent levy applied to the earnings of people over the age of 40, similar to the model used in Germany.

The revenue generated by the new tax would go into a ring-fenced pot used to fund social care.

A government green paper on elderly home care is due to be published before Christmas.

Research suggests the German-style system could raise half of the money needed to plug the gap in social care funding .

Under the proposal, people receiving care would be given cash pay-outs to enable them to pay care agencies or family members.

The House of Commons health and local government committees said in a joint report that the levy should be paid only by people over the age of 40, including pensioners over the age of 65.

The proposals are similar to a scheme in operation in Germany and Japan.

Read more about the proposals here

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Analysis Shows 25% Cuts to Elderly Care

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Spending on vital care services for the elderly has been cut by a quarter per head since 2010, a BBC analysis shows.

An analysis by the BBC found reported spending on care for the over-65s has fallen by a quarter to £747 per head in England since 2010 once inflation is taken into account.

While facing the same pressures of an ageing population, in comparison, Wales and Scotland have largely protected their budgets.

Councils, which administer the system, have sympathy for the plight of the vulnerable who rely on their services.

The Local Government Association (LGA) became so fed up with waiting for the government that it produced its own Green Paper.

It called for tax rises so town halls could invest more in the system.

“The current situation is unsustainable and is failing people on a daily basis.”

Read more about the analysis here

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Example of a National Social Care Funding System

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Every rich country has a problem with social care, and two of them have come up with potential solutions.

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Germany and Japan have developed comprehensive responses to an ageing population.

Germany introduced a mandatory long-term care insurance system in 1995. The scheme was designed to ensure that everyone got something, no one gets something for nothing and everyone puts something in. A compulsory levy is paid by workers with employers contributing 50%. Retired people pay in full.

Japan started a similar system in 2000. A national tax is paid by workers over 40.

Both solutions centralise funding and revenue, then pay out funds to be delivered locally.

Read more about these solutions here (pay wall may apply).

 

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Care homes: Consumer rights for residents and their families

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has produced a summary that sets out what people need to know when choosing or living in a care home, and where they can go for further advice on their consumer rights

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“A report by healthcare specialists Laing & Buisson in 2013/14  – Care homes can cost an average of: £29k per year (£2.4k pm) for a residential care home, or. £39k per year (£3.25k pm) if nursing is required.”

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Consumer law advice sets out obligations for care homes

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is providing advice so care homes understand their responsibilities under consumer law.

The advice is being published as part of ongoing consumer protection work into residential care homes and nursing homes for older people (over 65s).

It follows the CMA’s examination of the sector last year, which found that some residents are at risk of being treated unfairly and recommended urgent action to reform the sector.

The CMA has also published an open letter to care homes, reminding them of their responsibilities under consumer law and urging them to review the advice immediately. Care homes may need to make changes to their contract terms and business practices as a result.

Read more about the article here

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Healthcare Provider Transfers Care Contracts

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A major UK home care provider – is seeking to transfer or sell all its contracts to other providers.

Allied Healthcare was warned this month by the CQC about its financial sustainability. Some local authorities had already taken steps to find new providers.

Home care agencies provide services such as preparing meals, washing and giving medication.

The company said it had to re-evaluate its long-term business plan and was exploring the sale or transition of services to alternative providers, including the transfer of staff.

Allied Healthcare, councils, the regulator and the government are focused on making sure vital care will continue as normal for the more than 13,000 people, who get visits from the company’s staff.

Read more here

About Deckchair Care

Deckchair Care are an independent, privately-owned and financed care agency. We help to look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester.

Currently, we do not work with councils on a contractual basis because the fees that are available are well below what is needed to provide a sustainable level of care.

We pay our staff well above the minimum wage. The level of service we offer would not be possible  based on council funding alone.

However, we do work with private clients that receive council contributions to their care that they top up. We work closely with our colleagues in the council, social care and NHS departments to support clients that are referred to us.

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