Category Archives: Social care

Why attendance allowance is so important to older people

Georgie Scott

This blog post was contributed by Ceri Smith, Campaigns Manager at Age UK. 

Age UK’s new report on Attendance Allowance highlights the big practical difference it makes to older disabled people who receive it, and calls on the Government not to go ahead with a proposal to transfer the benefit to councils.  Continue reading

‘Stuck in the middle’ – Self funders in care homes


If you’ve ever made a massive purchase like buying a home or taken out a large loan or mortgage, as you picked up the pen to sign on the dotted line, you might well have had your doubts about whether you’d really read and understood all the small print. Moving into a care home is another one of those huge decisions, with major consequences if you get it wrong. So it’s just as vital to understand what you’re signing.

Yet moving into a care home is frequently a hurried and pressurised decision, which for many comes after a spell in hospital. People are often ill, facing the stress of living with new levels of disability and confronting the reality of losing their home, community and identity. Some will also have reduced mental capacity. At times like these reading the small print is often not a priority and, in any case, many people are faced with limited options so can feel they have no choice but to agree to the home’s terms and conditions. Continue reading

Guest blog: Prestigious award for pharmacist who goes the extra mile for community


Olutayo Arikawe: I Love My Pharmacist Award winner

Olutayo Arikawe, a community pharmacist in Dudley, has been chosen as the national winner of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I Love My Pharmacist Award.

The ‘I Love My Pharmacist Award’ recognises the vital role pharmacists play across the NHS.  Often the unsung heroes of the health service, they work alongside GPs, nurses and hospital staff, as well as in the community.

Olutayo always puts the community first and she is involved in many other interventions to help patients improve their health, reaching out far wider than her pharmacy itself. Continue reading

Guest blog: Time is now for people powered dementia care

This guest post was contributed by Ewan King, director of business development and delivery, at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

“I am doing something worthwhile. I am earning my bread again”. This is what Brian, who has dementia, said about how his life has changed for the better as a result of directly shaping the care that he and others receive. He is not alone in benefiting from being involved in decisions about care.

In England, it is estimated that around 676,000 people have dementia. This number is expected to grow over the coming years. And this comes at a time when there are severe cuts in budgets, particularly in social care. So what can public services do when more traditional solutions – such as recruiting more staff or expanding services – are not open to them? Whilst at the same time we know that people with dementia – and their carers – need person-centred holistic care and support, including high quality social care. Continue reading