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It has been reported by the Independent Age charity and Strategic Society Centre that elderly people in England struggle with looking after themselves in their own home.
The report entitled the ‘The Bigger Picture’ reveals that over 2 million pensioners struggle with the most basic tasks. Meanwhile, 70,000 of the most disabled pensioners do not get any form of paid or unpaid care at home.
The research undertaken by the organisations shows that 2 million plus people have difficulty with washing, dressing, cooking or eating.
And of the 560,000 of these with severe needs, 160,000 receive inadequate help while another 70,000 have none at all.
Amazingly just under 1 million people have help paid for by themselves or the council but this is now decreasing as state funded services are put under pressure.
Of most concern is the fact that over 30,000 older people care for others in situations considered a risk to their health and wellbeing – alone and for at least 20 hours a week.
For more on the report into elderly care in England visit the Independent Age website
Everycare Eastbourne have won the highly commended award for medium sized businesses (10-50 Full time equivalent staff) at the Eastbourne Business awards.
Angela Fuller, Everycare Eastbourne’s Director said ‘I’m delighted to have been recognised for the important contribution we and all our fantastic staff make to the business community and the people of Eastbourne’
‘It was pleasing to have been shortlisted and we weren’t expecting to win anything so it was a delight when our names were called.’
The event was held at the Grand Hotel on Eastbournes seafront and hosted by Beverly Thompson and Ian Palmer from the BBC.
The health charity Sue Ryder reports that the NHS is failing to provide access to 24-hour support for the majority of patients dying at home in England.
Around 92% of NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) do not provide round-the-clock telephone help lines, the charity said.
Guidelines say there should be 24-hour telephone services and the NHS says it is “working hard to make changes”.
There are half a million carers for terminal patients in England.
Sue Ryder said there is an “obvious inequality” between help and advice for the start and the end of life, with 24-hour, seven-day-per-week help available for maternity issues.
The charity asked all of the 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England whether they had commissioned 24-hour end-of-life care support, including help lines staffed by nurses.
For more on this story visit the BBC website
The International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and the charity Independent Age reports that more men are facing loneliness and isolation in old age.
Following joint research undertaken by these organisations it has been found that men are often reluctant to join clubs for older people and suggests that the number of older men living alone in England will increase by 65% by 2030.
“When their partner dies, often a man’s social life shrinks,” said Independent Age chief executive Janet Morrison.
The report: The Emerging Crisis for Older Men, says older women will still be more likely to outlive their husbands but, by 2030, growing numbers of men will outlive their wives.
The analysis of recent data from the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing suggests 1.5 million older men will be living alone by 2030 – up from 911,000 today.
For more on this story visit the BBC news website.