Monthly Archives: October 2014

340,000 elderly will be denied care in new cuts

Vital help to be restricted to those who need assistance with two or more tasks

  • Charities attacked new criteria announced by the Government last night 
  • Age UK said 340,000 would be denied care in ‘bleak’ future for elderly
  • Department of Health insisted new rules are meant to mirror old ones 

Vital help for elderly people will be restricted to only those who need help with two tasks or more, the Government said last night.

Councils have been told to provide home helps and other assistance only if people are unable to complete two or more essential daily tasks.

If they are unable to do only one of the 10 appointed tasks they should receive no help from their council – meaning they would have to pay for care themselves or do without it.

People with learning disabilities need friends

Contributing to society and being part of a community increases dignity and independence

The most important thing we can do as an organisation is to hear first-hand from those we support. That’s why Brandon Trust launched its first annual 100 Voices conference four years ago, bringing together as many of the people we support as possible.

Over those years we have discussed some of the most pressing issues they face; such as accessing transport, securing meaningful employment and the ugly but undeniably pressing issue of hate and mate crime.

Vulnerable people in rural areas at risk from big changes in care

New legislation has been described as the biggest shake-up in the care system in more than 60 years.

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 21, 2014

 Ann McClements and Ken Crawford, of Devon Senior Voice, take a look at what it will mean.

Vulnerable people and their carers will be put in control of the support they receive when the first part of The Care Act 2014 comes into effect next April. It will also cap the amount anyone will have to pay.

Devon Senior Voice (DSV) – the voluntary forum for older people – has keenly followed its various stages and is focusing on the Act for the next six months, explaining the changes to all our members. We have recommended to all branches that they explore and discuss the implications.

The two core principles that run through the Act are personalisation and wellbeing.