Malnutrition in hospitals: Elderly still denied care

Last week's Channel 4 news report about Ken Rasheed, an 80-year-old man with Parkinson's Disease, once again brings shame and disgrace on the way our hospitals and 'health'care system treat elderly people. It would seem that little has changed…

Southern Cross Healthcare Care Homes: Check whether your relative is affected

Find out what's happening with each Southern Cross Healthcare care home If your relative is in a Southern Cross care home, you may be concerned about who'll be taking over the home, now that the Darlington-based Southern Cross group has collapsed. The…

Daily top tip: NHS Continuing Healthcare - can your GP help?

Can you rely on your GP for long-term care advice? For many families, the first port of call for help and advice about long-term care is their GP. However, many families find that GPs are not always familiar with the care fees system, nor…

Daily top tip: How reliable is the care information you're given?

One of the biggest challenges you face when an elderly relative needs care is where to go for advice and what to ask. Very often (and especially if you have savings) your local authority and/or NHS may not be overly helpful in providing advice…

Daily top tip: Make sure you're assessed correctly for NHS care

When it comes to being assessed for care fees funding, you may experience a ‘battle of wills’ between Social Services and the NHS. Neither will want to pay for care. Generally speaking, Social Services (the local authority) provides…
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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…

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