Monthly Archives: April 2013

Care homes on the brink as bailiffs move in

Care homes on the brink as bailiffs move in

Sunday 28 April 2013

Thousands of Britain’s most vulnerable elderly people face rising bills and the prospect of forced relocation from struggling care homes, because record numbers of providers are slipping into administration.

The total of private care home operators going bust grew by 12 per cent in the past 12 months. The annual rate of failures among private providers has more than doubled since the economic crisis began, with 250 residential care operators shutting.

Councils, a vital source of income for private-care providers, are slashing referrals and now seeking to shut their own facilities to meet savings targets. Andy Burnham, the shadow Health Secretary, called the wave of closures a “crisis”.

Providers are said to be caught in a perfect storm of diminishing income while struggling with fixed costs and debts left behind from their rapid expansion during the economic boom. Campaigners claim it will be elderly people – many dementia sufferers – who suffer.

Mr Burnham warned that the closures were part of a wider collapse in social care driven by spending cuts imposed on town halls. One authoritative study places the amount cut from Britain’s adult social services at up to £2bn.

Healthwatch Camden is an independent watchdog that will give carers a stronger voice

A watchdog for patients and carers in Camden to comment on their health services has been launched.

An independent watchdog has been set up for people in Camden to comment on health services in their area An independent watchdog has been set up for people in Camden to comment on health services in their area

Rachael Getzels Saturday, April 27, 2013

A watchdog for patients and carers in Camden to comment on their health services has been launched.

How to improve your memory!

Clenching fists ‘can improve memory’

 Clenching the fist temporarily changes brain function

Memory can be improved simply by clenching the fists, a study suggests.

Clenching the right hand for 90 seconds helps in memory formation, while the same movement in the left improves memory recall, say US psychologists.

In an experiment, 50 adults performed better at remembering words from a long list when they carried out these movements.

The researchers think clenching a fist activates specific brain regions that are associated with memory processing.

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