Category Archives: Carers

Who will foot the bill to raise pay for care workers?

As public sector workers strike over pay in Liverpool, Phoebe Dempster holds a banner in support of her care worker mother.

Photograph: Christopher Thomond for The Guardian. for the Guardian

What is to be done about the scandal of low pay in the social care sector? With 100 care agencies under investigation for failure to pay the national minimum wage, shortchanging an estimated 160,000 workers, there’s an understandable sense of outrage on behalf of this vast but low-profile workforce.

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Dementia care home dog Ellie May up for award at Crufts

Julie Cashell says Ellie May unites the home and puts visitors and residents at ease

A dog credited with transforming the lives of residents of the dementia care home where she lives has been nominated for an award at Crufts.

Elderly people grieving the death of a loved one are often misdiagnosed as depressed

When they’re actually just lonely

  • Doctors often mistake bereavement with depression,  researchers warn
  • Rather than prescribing drugs, more should be done to tackle loneliness

Suffering from bereavement, many older people seek help from a GP to cope with the crushing feelings of loneliness.

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