Tag Archives: Ageing

Disruptive change ahead in the way we buy and use energy

A thermal image of a house

In the spring, Ofgem announced its Insight for Future Regulation project, and has now produced the first paper of a series:  first Future Insights discussion paper. It sets out some of the dramatic changes in the way we use and buy energy which might come about in the next five or ten years.

First, a health warning – past predictions are not a firm guide to the future, though they are the best we have got.  Between December 2012 and March 2016, the number of active gas or electricity suppliers in the domestic market doubled from 20 to 43. Forecasts by the (then) Department of Trade and Industry in 2000 for electricity demand in 2015 turned out to be 20% too high – our appliances are much more efficient than anticipated. Continue reading

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