Blog written by Ed Russell, Director of Innovation and Delivery, at WCS Care.
I still remember how my career in care started over 26 years ago – my first shift was on New Year’s Day in 1992, a few months before WCS Care officially began life and took over the homes from the local authority.
Continue reading “Technology in care – the future is here, now!”
Blog written by Mike Birtwistle, Founding Partner, Incisive Health
By 2068 there will be an extra 8.6 million people aged 65 or over living in the UK, with over-65s making up 26% of the population. With more of us living longer and many people having one or more long-term conditions, more people will need access to long-term care. How will a social care system that is in crisis, respond?
Continue reading “Grasping the nettle: lessons for the social care green paper”
This week in New York City, older people, government representatives, human rights organisations and NGOs from around the world, will meet for the 9th time to discuss the human rights of older people. More specifically, the purpose of this meeting is to consider whether it is time for the international community to have a Convention on the rights of older persons.
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A guest blog from Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England Medical Director, on the innovative ways the NHS is adapting to an ageing society and more people living with multiple and long-term conditions.
The creation of the National Health Service seven decades ago was indisputably one of the greatest social advances of the last century.
For the first time in our history, it replaced public fears about the affordability of healthcare with a service based on equity.
The Prime Minister Theresa May was absolutely right to commit last week to increased long-term funding.
The NHS’s biggest task this century must be to adapt to profound shifts in the patterns of ill-health.
Continue reading “A renewed NHS will help tackle the health needs of today”
Meet 77 year old Robert.
Living in Thornton Heath, he was never apart from his wife of 45 years who he was caring for as she had cancer.
However, that was all about to change.
Continue reading “Age UK’s Personalised Integrated Care Programme is helping older people regain their independence”
Like lots of people with an interest in social care I have been following the travails of Four Seasons over the last few days. For anyone not up to speed, Four Seasons is a major care home provider in this country, with some 17,000 predominantly older residents and 25,000 staff. Four Seasons is now reportedly in financial difficulty and the regulator of the social care sector, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has called for its biggest creditor to confirm that it will stand behind the company and not allow it to collapse. [Although it has since won a reprieve until April 2018, the uncertainty over its longer-term future continues].
Continue reading “What should we think about ‘the Four Seasons story’?”
At Age UK we will be listening very carefully to the Queen’s Speech to see if social care is mentioned and, if it is, what precisely is said. We sincerely hope that an intention to bring forward proposals for consultation will be stated, signifying that this new Government intends to press on with the Green Paper that was already underway before the General Election campaign began.
Continue reading “The Queen’s Speech – will social care be included?”