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A record number of pensioners are caring for elderly relatives

 

Army of ‘grey carers’ who look after elderly relatives grows to record 1.2million

By Gerri Peev

Last updated at 1:38 AM on 11th June 2011

 A record number of pensioners are devoting their retirement to looking after elderly relatives.

The army of ‘grey carers’ has soared to nearly 1.2million, up 15 per cent in a decade, reveal figures from Carers UK and academics.

These over-65s are spending what should be their own golden years looking after parents, relatives or partners who are increasingly living into their 80s and 90s.

Devoted: A record number of pensioners are now spending their retirement looking after elderly parents or other relativesDevoted: A record number of pensioners are now spending their retirement looking after elderly parents or other relatives

Wokingham becomes first council to privatise social care

Will others follow this?  It is ok when things work well but when things go wrong the councils will be left to pick up the pieces.

Wokingham becomes first council to privatise social care

 
June 09, 2011

Wokingham borough has become the first unitary authority in the country to set up a company to manage its provision of social care.

Optalis, a new adult social care company set up and managed by Wokingham Borough Council, began commercial operations on Monday.

The team behind the company has taken control of all council-run or commissioned adult care services.

Carers fear for their loved ones because of Southern Cross job cuts!

Does no one consider the worry this will cause to the families?

Unions fear for Southern Cross care quality after job cuts

Jeremy Dunning

Thursday 09 June 2011 09:5

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Fears are growing that staff terms and conditions could worsen and standards of care could fall after ailing care home operator Southern Cross announced plans to shed 3,000 jobs.

The company, which is fighting for its life, revealed this week it was considering slashing its workforce by 7% and the “potential implementation” of a standard contract of employment for all care workers as part of its plan to improve performance.

Among those affected are nurses, caterers and cleaners.

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