Home Care News

Home Instead's 20th Outstanding rating 'is testament to staff who go above and beyond'

Melissa McAlees (17-Nov-17)

Achieving an 'outstanding' rating isn’t a tick box exercise and there isn't a magic formula, it's about making a difference, with "staff going above and beyond to look after their clients", says Martin Jones, managing director of.....

Government to 'take time' talking to social care leaders before publishing Green Paper

Angeline Albert (16-Nov-17)

Cabinet Office Minister Damian Green has announced the Government will take 'the time needed' to work with care leaders to shape its long-awaited Green Paper on social care, before publishing proposals in Summer 2018......

A looming pandemic: Cases of Parkinson's disease double in 25 years

Melissa McAlees (16-Nov-17)

A Parkinson's disease pandemic is imminent, scientists have warned, with cases of the disease more than doubling in just 25 years. Research published in the journal JAMA Neurology, suggests it is now the.....

Mental health: Bread making reduces anxiety and boosts happiness

Sue Learner (15-Nov-17)

Bread making has been found to have therapeutic benefits for people with mental health issues, triggering an increased sense of happiness and creativity. A report on Together We Rise: Bethlem Baking Buddies,.....

Care homes to take in lonely, older people for free over Christmas

Melissa McAlees (14-Nov-17)

While the Christmas build-up is a time of excitement for many, for the thousands of older people living alone, it signals a countdown to the time of year when feelings of isolation and anxiety can be at their greatest. As.....

Bill Gates invests $50m to alter the course of Alzheimer's

Melissa McAlees (13-Nov-17)

Bill Gates is investing $50m (£38.2m) of his personal fortune into The Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) to help find a cure for dementia. As the number of people affected by the condition are on the rise, the.....

Neighbourly kindness like taking bins out boosts wellbeing of people with dementia

Sue Learner (10-Nov-17)

Acts of kindness by neighbours such as taking the bins out each week, have a ‘huge effect’ on the wellbeing of people with dementia, according to new research. A study by Manchester University has found that.....

Novice rower to take 45 mins out for Christmas in dementia challenge across shark-infested Atlantic

Angeline Albert (08-Nov-17)

Amateur rower Oli Glanville is expected to burn 10,000 calories a day rowing 3,000 miles across the shark-infested waters of the Atlantic ocean but he plans to take a 45-minute break to celebrate Christmas. The.....

Online GP service accused of 'cherry-picking' patients and ignoring elderly

Angeline Albert (07-Nov-17)

A firm offering an online GP service, via an app, as a replacement to existing NHS GP practices across London, has been accused of cherry-picking young and healthy patients, while neglecting the elderly as well as those with mental.....

'Harder than childbirth' says woman cycling 75 miles for care workers

Angeline Albert (06-Nov-17)

A woman who agreed to cycle 75 miles to raise money for care workers in need has admitted the scale of The Care Workers Charity challenge shocked her and was even greater than giving birth. The challenge,.....

Two-fold increase in ambulance delays demonstrates a service 'pushed to the brink'

Michaela Chirgwin (03-Nov-17)

Recent figures obtained by the Labour party under a freedom of information request, show that current ambulance handover targets are failing, with a dramatic rise in the number of patients stuck in ambulances outside hospitals. The.....

Council delays leave man with Parkinson's bed-bound

Melissa McAlees (02-Nov-17)

A man with Parkinson’s disease was bed-ridden for the last month of his life because his council failed to provide him with specialist equipment, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. An.....

Too many 'left in limbo' as mental health detention requests hit record high

Angeline Albert (01-Nov-17)

The number of applications to detain people with mental health issues, dementia or learning difficulties for their own safety has reached the highest level on record. The application process, known as Deprivation.....

Caring husband learns how to apply his wife's make-up before she goes blind

Melissa McAlees (31-Oct-17)

An elderly man has become an internet sensation after taking regular make-up classes, so he can learn to do his wife’s make-up before she turns blind. Brian and Jean regularly visit the beauty section of.....

No need to 'rush out and buy' dementia drink says Alzheimer's Society

Angeline Albert (31-Oct-17)

A medical drink being sold in the UK offering to help those with dementia has failed to win the confidence of the Alzheimer’s Society. The drink called Souvenaid which comes in strawberry and vanilla flavours.....

Half of people aged 40-64 can't afford to retire

Angeline Albert (30-Oct-17)

Half of workers aged 40-64-years-old say they are unable to stop work and retire, when they reach the state pension age because they can't afford it. With nearly eight million people affected in this age.....

Home care leader warns NHS against unregulated carebnb

Angeline Albert (26-Oct-17)

An Airbnb-style NHS trial that sees patients discharged from hospital to recover in people’s spare rooms, in return for £50 per night for their host, has drawn criticism from a home care leader warning against unregulated care. The.....

Older people taking multiple medications more likely to fall over

Sue Learner (24-Oct-17)

Older people who take a combination of at least five different medications are 21 per cent more likely to fall over, according to a new study. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).....

Eating healthily throughout adulthood makes you fitter in old age

Sue Learner (20-Oct-17)

People who have a healthy diet for all of their adult lives are more likely to be stronger and fitter in older age than those who don’t, according to a new study. Scientists from Southampton University’s.....

Elderly should be exercising not resting, say doctors

Sue Learner (19-Oct-17)

Instead of resting, older people should be exercising and keeping physically active, according to doctors. A report in the British Medical Journal has called for a change in the current thinking that exercise.....