Category Archives: Carers

Low palliative care use across Wales highlighted

Elderly people with cancer were less likely to get palliative care than younger ones

Less than half of people who died from cancer and only 5% of those dying from other conditions received specialist palliative care, a report has found.

The Marie Curie charity and the Bevan Foundation looked at figures from 2012, which also showed one in four hospital beds were used by patients in their last year of life in Wales

Older terminally ill people were much less likely to have palliative care.

Mum launches fight for carers' rights

First published Wednesday 26 November 2014 in News Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by Gina Bebbington, Chief Reporter

A MUM and campaigner who has been a full time carer for 40 years is using Carers Rights Day to raise awareness of the problems she, and many others like her, face on a daily basis.

Moulton woman Dorothy Jump has cared for her son Christian since he was born.

Lonely elderly flood Silver Line helpline with calls

In its first year, a free 24-hour UK helpline for the elderly has been inundated with calls about loneliness.

Founded by Esther Rantzen and aided by the Big Lottery Fund, the Silver Line took nearly 300,000 calls, and most were about feeling lonely or isolated.

More than half of callers told the helpline they had nobody else to talk to.

Some also called to report abuse or neglect in their homes or in residential care.

One of the first calls received was from a woman in a care home too afraid to give her name. But she did give the name of the care home, where the residents had been left without food and the heating turned off. The police were informed, and the residents are now safe.