Monthly Archives: July 2013

Working Carer shortage ‘could force me into a home’

The lady claims to have gone a week without being able to use the toilet

Written byELEANOR DICKINSON

15/07/13 - Christine Maksymowicz from Cambridge who following an illness is now a Quadripelgic with her husband John Maksymowicz, they are concerned by failings of a care agency. Picture By Keith Jones 15/07/13 – Christine Maksymowicz from Cambridge who following an illness is now a Quadripelgic with her husband John Maksymowicz, they are concerned by failings of a care agency. Picture By Keith Jones

A paralysed woman claims a shortage of suitable carers could force her into residential care.

Quadriplegic Christine Maksymowicz, of Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, said she has been left without a live-in carer despite needing round-the-clock assistance.

She told the News she is being looked after by a district nurse while she waits for private care agency Pulse to provide a new carer.

However, the 60-year-old claims the changes have affected her quality of life and meant she has gone a week without going to the toilet.

She said: “The district nurses said they will only deal with my bowel movements twice a week, so if I can’t go on the day they come, then I won’t be able to go until the next week.”

Mrs Maksymowicz now fears she may have to go into residential care.

How can the third sector help improve support for carers?

Personalisation has the potential to bring real benefits for carers – but charities will have to become more entrepreneurial

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Personalisation can lead to better relationships between carers and the people they care for. Photograph: Ondrea Barbe/Corbis

Carers play a vital role in meeting social care needs and their numbers are expected to grow rapidly as the population ages and medical advances continue. The government has committed to tailoring services to the needs of carers as well as those they care for. The personalisation agenda arguably offers the opportunity to do this.

Third sector organisations have traditionally played a significant role in supporting carers. Arguably too, their mission, skills, and networks put them in a better position than many to provide personalised support. The Third Sector Research Centre has been looking at how the personalisation agenda is affecting third sector services, looking particularly at support for carers. Following a literature review and workshop with key stakeholders, we interviewed those working in third sector organisations, and within related roles in the public sector.

Healthcare cannot be sold like an iPad

It is time to reject the market ideology that has plagued the NHS for more than 30 years and wasted billions

Guardian Professional,

Evidence from other parts of the world suggests healthcare cannot be marketed and run like PC World or Dixons.

NHS England is embarking on its single biggest outsourcing of services so far by inviting bids for a contract that will be worth between £700m and £1.1bn. The sale of NHS services is fragmenting the health service and having a negative impact on patient experience.

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