Thursday

The elderly British appear to be among the most neglected in the world

Page 14 of “Social Care Needs and Outcomes – a background paper for the Wanless Social Care Review, July 2005″, shows that no country (out of a wide selection) has fewer people over 65 in institutions and no country has … Continue reading

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Thursday

Wanless against means-testing

How interesting and encouraging that the Derek Wanless report on care for the elderly has – on the whole – come out against the current high level of means-testing. It is good to see resistance to the idea that there … Continue reading

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Monday

Not ‘to the grave’

Many people remain committed to the NHS, I believe, because they think “if I get seriously ill at any time in my life, I will be looked after and it will be free”. In their hearts, they may think the … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Charitable work for the dying. How much should the state pay?

One of the evening fringe events I went to last night was about care for those who are dying. A Marie Curie nurse spoke impressively and movingly about caring for people dying of cancer. Apparently there are 2,000 of these … Continue reading

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Friday

What is the difference between government inspections and a waste of money?

The following comment on the government inspection of care homes seems worth putting up as a posting, too. I asked the author for a glossary of terms for those who are not familiar with all the organisations he refers to. … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Who would be old in the welfare state?

Part of a Help the Aged report, quoted on BBC Online. Older people who die in hospital often endure their final days in dirty and noisy wards, where busy medical and nursing staff can devote little attention to them

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Tuesday

‘We have more compassion for animals in this country than our elderly’

How are the elderly treated in different countries and in Britain in particular? There is an interesting selection of letters in The Times today which raises a lot of the big issues in a short space. Does government involvement do … Continue reading

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