Blog

Potentially a step in the right direction to free up beds at hospitals but if patients do not need to be in hospital, why not give them the (paid) option of high quality care at home? Instead of investing in new “hotel” facilities the money could then be spent on the carer and the quality of care. While some people will need hospital care, some will need nursing care close to a hospital and others would benefit from quality care at home, the answer has to be to offer patient choice.

Continue reading...

An article published a few days ago by the Good Care Guide revealed that almost a quarter of reviews rated homecare agencies as providing sub standard care – the feedback on quality of care in care homes was also poorly ranked. It is a challenge for us all to be uncompromising in the quality of carers we provide and the respect and sensitivity that our carers need to give, as they fulfil a very valuable role in society.

Continue reading...

I like the “win – win” nature of Live-in care. Let me explain: our clients have the benefit of a Carer living in with them around the clock (one win) and our Carers do not have to pay for accommodation (a second win). So it was with absolute delight to come across a lady (Elizabeth Mills) who runs a charity called Homeshare International. which promotes the concept of homeshare around the world. Homeshare is a simple concept – it is the exchange of accommodation for help. A potential solution for individuals who do not need much care but can use their house to good effect – another win-win?

Continue reading...

Cramp in both legs but very pleased to have finished the Bath Half Marathon in 1 hour and 46 mins – thank you to all who sponsored me and the other 107 runners for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Continue reading...

With one of our directors raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society and running in the Bath Half Marathon and another director cycling for the Stroke Association, it prompts the question of how best to allocate limited funding to two different and worthwhile causes?

Continue reading...

We would like Heritage be a force for good – a social, caring enterprise and not just a commercial one – so part of our remit is to donate significant amounts to good causes and help the community we serve. While the benefits of Live-in care are tailored to the individual, persons suffering from dementia, Alzheimers and Parkinsons have perhaps most to gain from staying in familiar surroundings and maintaining established routines – and perhaps this is where the government’s focus should be?

Continue reading...

The Cap on Care has received a lot of publicity and a very good discussion on BBC’s Moneybox programme helped to shed further light on the latest thinking. While the Cap is likely to start running from 2017, this will only affect one element of Care – Social Care (help with toileting etc) and in particular, hotel costs will not be covered. However, my understanding of the situation today is that if an individual’s primary need is assessed (by the PCT or CCG) as a health need, then the NHS should pay residential nursing care costs. The cloud in this silver lining is that there is already a backlog of 60,000 claims for retrospective payment, are strict time deadlines and that there is no guarantee of…

Continue reading...

David Cameron’s proposal to cap care home fees and therefore helping the elderly to tackle the uncertainty of financial planning in life’s final stages is a laudable step forward. However with the cap likely to be set around £75k and from only 2015 onwards, this will be for many a case of too little, too late. Uncertainty also still prevails on what this new scheme will cover. It is likely that a line will be drawn between nursing costs and accommodation costs, with nursing costs covered but accommodation costs not. Until this policy is implemented, anybody with over £23.5k in assets will continue to have to meet the full cost of care.

Continue reading...

Welcome to our new website on Live-in and Daily Care – we hope you like it and we would love to hear your opinions. If you would like to know more on any of the subjects, please feel free to contact us on 0844 249 2877. Future blogs will be about all aspects of independent living and how to encourage mental and physical well being. We will be looking at the benefits of care at home, costs and funding options, government policies, new services, innovative products and ideas on how to keep both mentally and physically active.

Continue reading...
Page: 1 11 12 13