Monthly Archives: May 2013

Minister for Care, Norman Lamb to visit care home

A care home in north Norfolk will be showcasing its nationally recognised facilities to North Norfolk MP and Minister for Care, Norman Lamb tomorrow Friday May 17.

Mr Lamb will pay a visit to the Munhaven Care Home in Mundesley, a 20-bed care home that specialises in dementia care, ahead of Dementia Awareness Week which runs from May 19-24.

The home was a finalist at the National Dementia Care Awards in November 2012 in the best dementia care home category and is run by NorseCare, the care company set up by Norfolk County Council. It manages 25 care homes and 14 housing with care schemes.

Why don’t they listen to what carers have to say?

True integration involves the NHS, local councils and families

Families are the biggest providers of care, yet carers can find themselves cut out of decision-making and bounced between different bureaucracies

Norman Lamb and Heléna Herklots
Guardian Professional, Wednesday 15 May 2013 08.30 BST

The 6.5 million carers in the UK providing unpaid care to their loved ones outnumber all NHS and social care staff put together.

Caring is a fact of life. Whether a partner falls ill, or a parent needs support as they grow older, or a child is born with a disability – it will affect us all at some point.

At times like these, families pull together to support each other. But too often they find that the services there to support them don’t do the same.

Carers let down by complicated and means-tested process

Carers let down by complicated and means-tested process


The Guardian,

Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the government’s announcement that it will implement plans to improve co-ordination between health and social care (Plans unveiled for ‘joined-up’ health and social care, 14 May). People with cancer and their carers are often being let down by the current system, particularly at the end of life. Although the vast majority of people with cancer want to die at home surrounded by their loved ones, most will die in hospital simply because joined-up care services are not available in their local communities.