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'Timebomb': Social care unprepared to meet the needs of ageing HIV population

Charley Walker, News Editor (19-Jan-17)

Social care in the UK is not sufficiently prepared to provide suitable support for people growing older with HIV, according to a new report. As a result of the success of antiretroviral therapy, the UK is.....

Premier League football clubs may face legal action over lack of accessibility for disabled fans

Charley Walker, News Editor (16-Jan-17)

Premier League football clubs have been highlighted as having inadequate facilities for fans with disabilities and could face legal action if they fail to change. A new report by the Culture, Media and Sport.....

Investors find care home sector 'challenging but attractive' as market's investigation deadline looms

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Jan-17)

The care home sector in 2016 reflected two major events - the National Living Wage and the UK’s Brexit vote, according to a leading property broker, but the market in 2017 for quality homes remains 'robust'. A.....

Care home defends decision to evict pet dog saying it is 'out of control'

Sue Learner, Editor (10-Jan-17)

A care home at the centre of a furore over a pet dog has defended its decision to evict the dog, saying it is 'out of control'. Over 126,000 people have signed a petition for Bob Harvey to keep his dog Darkie,.....

UK in 2030: Robots take our jobs and ageing population grows by a third

Sue Learner, Editor (29-Dec-16)

By 2030, the number of people aged 65 and over will have grown by a third, up to two-thirds of jobs could be done by robots and the gap between rich and poor will have grown even wider, according to the think tank IPPR. Its.....

Sajid Javid announces extra £900m for adult social care over two years

Angeline Albert, News Editor (15-Dec-16)

Councils are being given the power to raise tax for social care by six per cent over the next two years, as part of £900m of extra money, but critics call it a 'sticking plaster' for the care sector's ills. Local.....

By 2025 dementia will be managed and 'treated in much the same way as HIV'

Charley Walker, News Editor (14-Dec-16)

Belgium scientist Professor Bart De Strooper, newly appointed director of The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), said he believes dementia will be as manageable as HIV/AIDS by 2025. Professor De Strooper.....

NHS hospitals need to 'radically change' to stop people with learning disabilities dying prematurely

Sue Learner, Editor (13-Dec-16)

It has been common knowledge for decades that people with learning disabilities and mental health problems are dying prematurely, yet a Government review has found hospitals are still not bothering to investigate these deaths. The.....

Government to scrap 'bureaucratic nightmare' of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard coroner inquests

Charley Walker, News Editor (24-Nov-16)

Coroners will no longer be required to carry out inquests for anyone who dies while under Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), under an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill. The Government has ruled.....

Autumn Statement: Job losses from wage rise puts social care in 'NAM' not 'JAM'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (23-Nov-16)

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement tried to 'absolutely ignore’ social care but seemed to deal the sector a body blow anyway with a rise in the minimum wage expected to bring job losses. Instead.....

MP Norman Lamb warns Brexit may exacerbate social care workforce crisis if UK 'clamps down' on immigration

Charley Walker, News Editor (18-Nov-16)

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for health, Norman Lamb, has spoken of fears for the social care sector which depends ‘very substantially’ on EU workers. The pressures facing the health and social care systems.....

Rallying cry for MPs to 'Save social care tonight' gets 279 'noes'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (17-Nov-16)

An opposition-led debate proposing a motion to bring forward social care funding for 2019-20 to treat the sector’s funding crisis, has been defeated with 279 'noes' and only 200 ‘ayes’. Speaking on 16 November,.....

Probiotics found in yoghurt may 'benefit cognition' in people with Alzheimer's disease

Charley Walker, News Editor (11-Nov-16)

Probiotics found in yoghurt and supplements could help improve memory and cognition in people with Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. A small clinical trial of 52 participants revealed that people.....

Who's afraid of the big bad care wolf? Everybody it seems

Angeline Albert, News Editor (25-Oct-16)

Is Granny safe in her bed when social care’s about? Or must loved ones don red cloaks like Little Red Riding Hood and vigilantly keep watch over her? The fairy tale gone wrong The.....

Care homes face higher CQC fees from 2017

Angeline Albert, News Editor (20-Oct-16)

Care home providers with 26-30 residents could see the fees they are charged by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) go up from £4,212 to £4,375 from next April. The care watchdog is proposing to increase.....

Paying the price for a failing care system: Self-funders face 'eye wateringly high' care home fees

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (20-Oct-16)

Older people are facing increasingly high care home fees to subsidise the lower fees paid by councils for those who cannot afford to pay, a charity has warned. According to Age UK’s report ‘Behind the headlines:.....

Prostate cancer treatment may double risk of dementia

Charley Walker, News Editor (14-Oct-16)

There is a significant link between a common therapy for prostate cancer and increased risk of dementia, a new study reveals. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a widely used therapy for prostate cancer.....

Fragile adult social care sector 'at tipping point' despite good care says watchdog

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Oct-16)

The majority of care homes and home care providers are giving ‘good quality care’, the Care Quality Commission (CQC)’s State of Care report reveals but growing demand and financial pressures mean the adult social care market is ‘approaching.....

Jeremy Hunt makes 'long overdue' pledge to help ageing population by training more UK doctors

Charley Walker, News Editor (04-Oct-16)

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised to deliver 25 per cent more training posts for the UK’s medical students to make Britain a more ‘self-sufficient’ country. In a speech at the Conservative Party conference.....

'Heartbreaking': Only eight per cent of over 65s with dementia die in own homes

Charley Walker, News Editor (30-Sep-16)

The Alzheimer’s Society has condemned the ‘shameful inequality’ between those with dementia and those without, as a report reveals those with the illness rarely have the chance to die in their own home. An.....