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New BBC series shows the increasing difficulties in caring for older people

Protecting our Parents reveals multiple issues with the fragmented systems of health and social care

Elderly care - protecting our parents

A new programme will ask how we are going to care for older people as numbers continue to rise. Photograph: Alamy


Time – or rather money – is running out for 83-year-old Betty in the temporary care home placement where she’s spent a few weeks recuperating after a fall.

This resulted in her being admitted to Heartlands hospital in Birmingham, but she now urgently wants to go home. Her niece Rhonda watches as a social worker tries to persuade Betty to agree to the council clearing her house of some of the possessions she’s built up over decades. These will now, it’s suggested, prove a health and safety hazard when she moves back in, increasing her risk of another fall. (more…)

NHS Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group offers grants to help carers

We want carers to have better support

Two grants of up to £40,000 have been made available for voluntary organisations which support unpaid carers in the borough.

NHS Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group is offering the one off grants to voluntary and community organisations supporting carers in Harrow. (more…)

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‘I cut Mum’s care home fees by £15,000 a year’

A Telegraph reader challenged her mother’s care home and it agreed to cut its fees by £289 per week. Here is how you can do the same

Susan Stressing questioned her mother’s bills after seeing our earlier report  Photo: Clara Molden

If you challenge the costs of a care home you may just land yourself – or the family member who is paying – a substantial discount. That is what happened to Susan Stressing, who, having read a report in The Telegraph in January, decided to make inquiries about the care home bill she was paying for her mother, Kathleen Willett.

Mrs Willett’s bill has now been reduced by £289 a week. That equates to a saving of more than £15,000 a year.

The case emerges as the cost of care homes continues to rise steeply, and as criticism grows of the Government’s plans to reform care funding. Legislation to introduce a “lifetime care fees cap”, which would limit care costs paid by any individual to £72,000, is going through Parliament now. It is supposed to become effective next year. The cap excludes accommodation and other costs, and so could still see people paying well over the proposed £72,000 limit. (more…)

How Much Care is Enough?

Contributed by Lawrence Henderson

Psychology major

Carers have one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Perhaps this is why the carer role can result in such a high amount of burnout and confusion for those who fill the role. Determining and delivering care in a way that is respectful of both the needs of the patient and the abilities and limitations of the carer is very important. This usually requires a strategic approach; it is important to create a care plan between family members and the entire care or medical team. (more…)




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