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Can ending loneliness be a top priority in the age of austerity?

  Loneliness – and its alleviation – has never had a higher profile in health and social care policy and discussion. Thanks to the sold campaigning work of many older people’s charities – and since 2010 by the Campaign to End Loneliness – the message that loneliness and isolation harm health and increase mortality risks […]

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‘Attendance allowance must be reformed…but not means-tested’

A few years ago the future of attendance allowance – the benefit paid to disabled adults aged over 65 – was up for grabs, after Labour mooted fully integrating it into the social care system. The upshot would have been increased eligibility criteria and means-testing of a benefit that is paid to rich and poor […]

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The first care home hit single

  You’ve probably cottoned on to this but some rather talented residents of care homes and retirement properties run by Anchor have put together their own single – and next Monday (3 June) sees its release. All proceeds will be donated to the charity Contact the Elderly, which tackles loneliness and isolation among older people […]

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How social workers need new assessment tools in light of ageism ban

How has your practice changed since October 2012 if at all? The significance of that date is that, from then, discrimination on grounds of age in the provision of goods and services, including social care, became illegal. Social care has long been in the firing line for age discrimination, particularly in relation to  care management […]

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Book review: ‘The psychology of ageing: an introduction’

This inspiring and remarkably well structured book will suit practitioners, students and trainees looking to gain a deeper and more detailed insight into the ageing process, writes social worker Brid Joy. ‘The psychology of ageing’ explores both existing research and contemporary practice around the psychology of ageing, allowing the reader to get a real picture […]

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Help for clients struggling to heat their homes during winter

Social workers and other care staff are being asked to consider referring clients to a scheme designed to help them stay warm this winter. The Health Through Warmth scheme offers help with repairs or installation of heating equipment such as boilers, or cavity wall or loft insulation. It is open to homeowners with cold-related illnesses, […]

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‘Demand for informal care is rising but supply is set to fall – we must solve this conundrum’

Demography, cuts medical advancement are pushing up demand for informal care just as longer working lives and changes to family life look set to reduce its supply. This issue requires urgent answers, argue Dr Mary Larkin and Dr Alisoun Milne. National surveys estimate that there are approximately 6.4 million family carers in the UK, an […]

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Correction! There is no error in this video from Liz Kendall!

Blog updated: 1 May (11.07) I owe Liz Kendall a big apology for saying rather smugly that there was a mistake in this video from her. Bang goes my credibility on analysing social care funding! Kendall says very clearly that “more than £1bn has been cut from older people’s social care in England since the […]

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10 questions you want answered in wake of Panorama

Monday’s Panorama on the abuse and neglect of dementia patient Maria Worroll by staff at Ash Court Care Centre in London has provoked much comment, on this blog and many others, but much of this concerns what the programme didn’t cover as much as what it did. I thought it might be worth picking out […]

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Transforming care homes from institutions into homes

(Pic: An arts session at St Peter’s Residence, a care home in Lambeth, south London, run by charity Age Exchange)The arts can play a crucial role in turning residential services into genuine homes for people with dementia, says Professor Helen Nicholson.Over the past three years, I have witnessed many arts and reminiscence practitioners working in […]

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