Just one in seven councils in the UK is paying a “fair” price for home care for the elderly, according to a survey.
About 500,000 people rely on the support, which includes help with washing and dressing.
The UK Homecare Association poll of more than 200 councils found 28 paid a “minimum price” of £15.74 an hour.
This is the price the body, which represents the agencies that provide the home care for councils, believes reflects the national minimum wage.
The UKHCA warned if the squeeze on fees continued, the care sector would become “unsustainable”.
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David Cameron said an international dementia institute would be established in England over the next five years in a bid to make the UK a world leader for research and medical trials.
Some 1.3 million NHS workers will also receive additional training in how to care for people with dementia.
The PM said dementia was “one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime”.
There are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with the number expected to hit a million within the next 10 years.
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As main sponsor to Carlton Cricket Club, Everycare Edinburgh is delighted to learn that three Carlton players have been named in the Scotland squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup to be held in New Zealand and Australia later this month and into March.
This will be the 11th Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015. 14 teams will play 49 matches in 14 venues, with Australia staging 26 games at grounds in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney while New Zealand hosts 23 games in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington. The final match of the tournament will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Scots, pictured here in their Everycare shirts, will be captained by Carlton batsman, Preston Mommsen, and he will be joined by opener Hamish Gardiner and bowler Ali Evans, who first played cricket together for Carlton Juniors.
Preston, Hamish and Ali will also be joined in the Scotland party by another familiar face from Carlton’s ground at Grange Loan – ex player/coach Toby Bailey, who is the national squad’s analyst and fielding coach.
Everycare Edinburgh Managing Director, Martin Walker, said:
“We’re very pleased to be associated with Carlton Cricket Club, and it’s excellent news that 3 of their players have been selected – one of them as captain – for the Scottish squad. All of us at Everycare Edinburgh wish the entire team a massive “good luck” for all of their matches!”
Following a short trip to the United Arab Emirates, where Scotland is playing against Afghanistan and Ireland, the party will head south to take part in the biggest games of their careers, facing up to the likes of New Zealand, England and Australia.
India is the defending champion, having won the tournament in 2011 when it was held in the Indian subcontinent, defeating Sri Lanka in the finals by 6 wickets.
Cricket World Cup 2015 – Scotland fixtures:
17th Scotland v New Zealand – Dunedin
23rd Scotland v England – Christchurch
26th Scotland v Afghanistan – Dunedin
5th Scotland v Bangladesh – Nelson
11th Scotland v Sri Lanka – Hobart
14th Scotland v Australia – Hobart
Everycare Edinburgh’s Managing Director, Martin Walker, was delighted to be presented with the High Growth Company of 2014 Award, sponsored by Santander, at the prestigious WeDo Scotland annual award ceremony which took place recently at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in the city.
Speaking after the event, Martin said:
“I’m thrilled to bits to have been awarded this tremendous accolade, particularly when it has been evident that the field was so strong this year. I know that we’re doing good things and making a real difference and that’s extremely rewarding on an emotional level. However, to have received recognition from my peers in the business community for what we have achieved means a great deal to me. Of course, none of it would have been possible without having a fantastic team around me, and I’d like to send a massive thank you to each and every one of them too!”
“When we opened for business in Edinburgh in 2011, I stated that my aim was for Everycare Edinburgh to be universally recognised as the pre-eminent provider of quality care at home services in the city. This award, coming at the same time that our Regulator, The Care Inspectorate, announced that it was awarding us their highest grades in 5 out of 6 Quality areas they recently looked at, demonstrates that we’re right on track .
The only companies that achieve growth are those that are well managed, provide a great service and have satisfied customers. In just 4 years, we have grown dramatically. However, this growth has been carefully managed, allowing us to maintain the quality service for which we are now widely recognised.”
WeDO is one of Scotland’s most exclusive support and collaboration organisations for the business community and its membership includes some of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs. It’s annual awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the entrepreneurial calendar.