Improving Later Life: Understanding the oldest old – Age UK – 11 March 2013

Posted on March 12, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Improving Later Life: Understanding the oldest old – Age UK – 11 March 2013

“People aged over 85 are the fastest growing age-group in our population. What was formerly a small group of exceptional individuals is rapidly becoming a whole new generation. Our longevity is to be celebrated, but we are concerned that people making key decisions concerning the welfare needs of those aged over 85 know relatively little about what is unique, or indeed not unique, about this group.”

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Delivering Dignity. Securing dignity in care for older people in hospitals and care homes. A report for consultation – NHS Confederation, Local Government Association – AgeUK – 29 February 2012

Posted on March 6, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Delivering Dignity. Securing dignity in care for older people in hospitals and care homes. A report for consultation – NHS Confederation, Local Government Association – AgeUK – 29 February 2012

“There has now been more than a decade of reports and investigations exposing severe shortcomings in the care of older  people, yet the problems persist. The NHS Confederation, Age UK and the Local Government Association established the Commission on Dignity in Care for Older People in July 2011 to identify the underlying causes of these persistent failings, and determine what must change to deliver dignity in the care system, focussing on hospitals and care homes.

This draft report, based on expert evidence, recommends fundamental changes to the culture, leadership, management, staff
development, clinical practice and service delivery of care homes and NHS hospitals to secure the dignified care that is the  right of all older people, with the belief that if we get it right for older people we get it right for everyone. The three  organisations which have established the Commission want to play a major role in supporting hospitals and care homes to improve dignity in care, led by the staff who are working there day to day.

This draft report sets out ‘what good looks like’, based on evidence from hospitals and care homes that are already providing excellent dignity in care for older people. The report seeks to help hospitals and care homes identify how they need to  change to deliver dignity for every person every time. It also sets out the changes that need to take place in the wider health and social care system to support hospitals and care homes in prioritising dignity in care.”

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Care in crisis: causes and solutions – Age UK – June 2011

Posted on June 29, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Care in crisis: causes and solutions – Age UK – June 2011

This report from Age UK presents the results of an investigation into the care system in England.

It finds that 800,000 people who currently need care receive no formal support from either the state or private sector agencies. The report makes recommendations for the future of the social care system and the funding and provision of it.

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How the [UK] Government’s planned cuts will affect older people – A report for Age UK – released 30 September 2010

Posted on October 5, 2010. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Health Economics | Tags: |

How the [UK] Government’s planned cuts will affect older people – A report for Age UK – released 30 September 2010

by Howard Reed and Tim Horton, August 2010

“Over-75s to lose thousands in spending review

The Government’s forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) is expected to hit the over-75 age group harder than any other group, with cuts equal to one third of their income.

New independent research for Age UK published today shows that the average household with someone over 75 will lose £2,200 worth of public services per year by 2014-15 – equivalent to a sixth (14%) of their household income.”

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