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Nine out of 10 councils in the UK are failing to pay realistic prices to support older and disabled people in their own homes, the industry says.
The UK Home Care Association calculated the minimum price councils should be paying was £16.70 per hour, but the average was over £2 less.
Councils said they had been left with little choice given the squeeze on their finances by the government.
But the UKHCA said the situation was threatening the future of the market.
It warned agencies were struggling to recruit staff and maintain quality, noting growing numbers of organisations were handing back contracts to councils. For more information on this story visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37756433
A British supermarket is trialling a weekly ‘slow shopping’ session to help elderly or vulnerable people shop in a “safe” and relaxed environment.
It aims to make shopping easier for people with anxiety or mental illness, those who are elderly or have disabilities, and those with dementia. It offers dedicated times where staff are aware of the needs of shoppers and greet them before helping them shop.
There’s plenty not to love about being middle-aged. But by the time today’s forty- and fifty-somethings reach the age when they may develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, it’s likely we’ll know more about its early signs and probably have drugs to treat it.
Scientists have revealed that brain stimulation, not brain training, is essential in preventing cognitive decline. That means scrap Sudoku and learn a language!
A new dementia atlas, published by the government, reveals patchy NHS care for the condition across England.
While some regions on the map appear to meet national standards in terms of offering regular reviews and support, others fall short, says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
He said tackling the disease was a key priority and the new atlas should drive improvements.
Charities said the “postcode lottery” of care was unacceptable.
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