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Daily Top Tip: Don't be confused by the Dilnot commission

Andrew Dilnot, chair of the commission set up to look at adult care funding, is due to report back shortly with his findings and proposals. The Dilnot commission is likely to suggest an overhaul of the eligibility criteria that local authorities…

Dehydration: Why are elderly people still dying of thirst?

The journal, Nursing Times, has recently reported on the dangers to patients of dehydration and the subsequent cost to the NHS... It quotes some shameful statistics in terms of cost - not least, the needless suffering of patients denied vital…

Daily top tip: Having savings DOESN'T mean you pay care fees

Elderly people are often misled when it comes to paying for care The recent media reports about the appalling state of the UK care system and the demise of Southern Cross continues to generate misinformation when it comes to information about…
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Daily top tip: Adult social care reforms - don't lose your home to pay for care!

Don’t let a mix-up between health and social care cost you your home There’s a huge amount of incorrect information published in the press about care fees. There’s also a great deal of misinformation given to people by local authorities…

Daily top tip: Domiciliary care choices

Still living at home, but finding things difficult? Care at home is often known as domiciliary care. If you need extra help in your own home, these are just some of the options you might want to consider: Ask Social Services to arrange…
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Exercise and dementia: Care home gym leads the way

Credit goes to Redholme Care Home in Liverpool for encouraging residents with dementia to do simple exercise sessions in the gym. These gentle gym sessions are having clear benefits on residents’ health.  As care home owner, Anne McCann,…

Daily top tip: Looking for a care home - but not sure where to start?

When you're weighing up different care homes, how do you know which is best? There are lots of issues to consider - and lots of questions you need to ask the manager and staff. One aspect to consider is mobility. Staying mobile can be…
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Daily top tip: How to avoid selling your home to pay for care

Many people assume that they'll have to sell their house to pay for long-term care.  However, that's not necessarily the case. There's a lot of misinformation circulating about this issue, and it causes a great deal of confusion and distress…

Daily top tip: Registered Nursing Care Contribution

If you're in full-time care - in your own home or in a care home - and you receive Registered Nursing Care Contribution (RNCC), make sure you're ALSO assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare. NHS Continuing Healthcare covers 100% of your care…

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