Tag Archives: Older care

Elderly advised to get used to neglect

Elderly advised to get used to neglect

Monday 20 June 2011
by Will Stone, Health & Social Affairs Reporter
Elderly people cared for in their homes were told today to prepare for ever-worsening neglect because of brutal government cuts.

Charity Age UK spoke out after the Equality and Human Rights Commission revealed that basic human rights are being overlooked even before the axe falls.

The commission is conducting a major inquiry into home care in England.

It is set to publish its findings in November.

However it has already identified a number of major problems such as high staff turnover.

One woman said she had 32 different carers over a two-week period.

Care of older people in their homes is so poor

Older people cared for at home ‘lacking basic rights’

Elderly man's hands
The report highlighted “major problems” in the home care system
Care of older people in their homes is so poor their human rights are being overlooked, an inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found.

The inquiry is investigating how well over-65s who receive homecare visits are looked after in England.

The commission says it has uncovered worrying cases of neglect and examples of lack of respect for older people’s privacy and dignity.

Its full report will be published in November.

Volunteers to live life of the isolated elderly

Volunteers to live life of the isolated elderly

 By Dominic Hughes Health correspondent, BBC News

A team of volunteers is about to begin an unusual experiment – for one week they will each be living a life cut off from the world around them.

There will be no conversations, no phones, no interactions with other people at all, with only the TV for company.

They’re trying to reproduce the experience of more than a million elderly people who live lonely and isolated lives.

And for one of the 10 volunteers, 23-year-old drama student Christie Vincett, it could be a long week.

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