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Elderly care is already in crisis

 Why we must all open our eyes to the longevity timebomb

By Dominique Jackson

Last updated at 6:19 PM on 24th January 2012

I was catapulted into the parallel universe of geriatric care a few years ago, when my father was struck by a little understood and highly unpredictable form of dementia.

I won’t pretend that I wasn’t shocked: at the score of under-resourced and poorly maintained care homes we inspected, at the patronising and casual disrespect with which Dad was treated in hospital; at the irritability, exhaustion and patent disinterest of the social workers with whom I tried to raise extremely serious issues of neglect and abuse.

£150m home care boost for elderly patients

£150m home care boost for elderly patients

 The government has already set aside £648m for primary care trusts to support social care services

Ministers have allocated an extra £150m for patients to get care at home after warnings that local authority cuts were creating a “crisis” in social care.

Young carer will carry the Olympic torch

Olympic torch to be carried by Shrewsbury carer

 The torch will be in Shropshire on the 24 and 30 May.

A 17-year-old carer from Shropshire is one of the first people to be chosen to take part in the Olympic torch relay.

Sarah Thomas, from Shrewsbury, looks after both her parents – primarily her mother who has multiple sclerosis.