Tag Archives: Older care

Fears ‘senseless’ cuts will hit vulnerable people in Norwich’s sheltered housing

Dan Grimmer

Older people could suffer because of cuts to support services in sheltered housing, the deputy leader of Norwich City Council has warned.

Some of the most vulnerable people in Norwich could suffer because of what the deputy leader of the city council has branded “senseless” cuts to support in sheltered housing.

City Hall bosses have started visiting the 1,000 people in their 26 sheltered housing schemes about what might have to change because of cuts agreed by Norfolk County Council.

The county council is reducing what it spends on housing support from £10.5m to £4.7m by 2018/19 and that means the city council has £292,500 less to spend.

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Workshops aim to aid communication between carers and people with dementia

A charity is putting the focus on helping carers of people living with dementia at a series of free workshops.

Age UK Norwich is running simple, friendly information workshops at easy-to-reach locations around Norwich for anyone who is struggling to support a person diagnosed with dementia, including tips on the best ways to communicate and understanding common behaviour associated with the condition.

Marie Lucas, dementia development lead for the city-based charity, said: “We have already held three sessions, and they have gone really well. One gentleman whose mother recently had a dementia diagnosis told us that, after getting the diagnosis from her GP, he had not known where to go next or what help was available. That is something we often hear. What we are trying to do is to empower carers and give them confidence. We can ’signpost’ them to what other help is available, and we can also give them tips and information about coping with everyday situations.”

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‘I book home care for my mum online’

Louisa and her mum, Peggy, book home care using an online service

Louisa Bravery’s mum, Peggy, lives in the family home and loves everyday life with her grandchildren.

But she needs a little personal care when other members of the family are out at school or work.

Louisa wasn’t sure where to turn to organise things but discovered she could book her mother’s care using an online service.

That makes it easy to plan care flexibly depending on when Peggy might be alone at home.

“I just log in via the internet using my phone and just select the number of hours and the day and the time I want the carer to come. It’s really quick and also the payment’s all done online,” Louisa says.

The service is provided by CERA, the brainchild of Dr Ben Maruthappu, who formerly had a senior policymaking role at NHS England.

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