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With an ageing population and the average lifespan increasing, it seems that Home Care for the Elderly is just not coping. In fact it appears to be getting worse by the year.

This article highlights the opinions of many who would have elderly relatives and shows a lack of confidence in the current care system.

 

Funding plea for care of elderly

Almost two-thirds of people over the age of 50 think the Government treats elderly people badly, according to a new poll.

Almost two-thirds of people over the age of 50 think the Government treats elderly people badly, according to a new poll.

The survey for the charity Age UK found 63% belie ve older people are treated poorly, with 74% of those saying low standards in social care are to blame.

Some 70% of those aged 50 to 64 said they did not feel confident that older people receiving care services are treated with dignity and respect.

The poll of more than 900 adults comes as Age UK urges the Government to do more to tackle problems in the sector.

 

More worrying is the fact that their is an almost reluctant acceptance that this is not going to change as demonstrated in the following from Nick Triggle, Health Correspondent for the BBC –

 

Why the elderly care crisis is here to stay

Another day, another story about old age care.

The report from the Care Quality Commission that a quarter of home care services are not meeting all the quality and safety standards makes depressing reading.

Evidence of rushed appointments, botched assessment and revolving door of carers suggests the system is on its knees.

The temptation is to think that will all change with the introduction of the cap on costs that the government announced on Monday.

But sadly that is not the case.

The complex nature of the system means the reforms should help reduce the need for people to sell their homes to pay for care.

But they do little – perhaps nothing – to improve the quality of services on offer.

The last decade has seen services squeezed until the pips squeak.

In fact, they have got so bad that just over a year ago the Equality and Human Rights Commission said some services were “breaching human rights”.

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Somehow we have to address these issues urgently. They are not going to go away but instead increase as more of us live longer lives.

Home Care for the Elderly


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