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So the dilemma of caring for the elderly continues…
When I joined my mother’s agency in 2004, my first thoughts were how appalling the provision of social care was for the elderly. I was so shocked at the lack of foresight. Firstly I made it my priority to provide the best service I could at the best possible price but also to speak out about the problem and play my part in educating people about the value of planning ahead.
I researched statistics about the rapidly increasing ageing population. Even before the recession of 2008 it was obvious that there would not be enough funding, it has been talked about and campaigned about now for over a decade.
Finally, in last month’s budget, the government have started to address the situation with the promise of a reasonable amount of money. Of course, it will not be enough and totally dependent on local authorities becoming better organised with the delivery of their social care, so that the elderly are not left stuck in hospital.
Private care will still be the best option
Our clients go into hospital for a relatively short period, as in most cases it is usually because of infections and dehydration requiring intravenous medication. Because they know they have someone to look after them they can come home as soon as they are on the mend. No bed blocking, no unnecessary financial drain on the NHS, reducing the risk of further infections, thus relieving the acute pressure on the system.
Sounds obvious to me! Minimum time in hospital – quality care in your own home – more money available for urgent hospital services.
So why is it taking so long to properly address this problem?
In 2004 60% of the population were expected to live until they were 80. Now, almost 13 years later there are more people over the age of 65 than there are under the age of 18 and life expectancy now is more people than ever are living beyond their 80 years of age. Half of our clients are now well into their 90s which is amazing. Despite being fragile, they still have a reasonable quality of life in their own homes. That’s a nice way to end I think.
Please start planning. Our ‘Time to Talk’ leaflet can be found here. It has very useful and comprehensive information about preparing for elderly care.
If you would like to discuss the many care options available, or join our team of carers, please contact us on 01829 260280.
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Campaigning to help people remain living in their own homes
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