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UK Elderly Care Issues

UK elderly care issues are becoming increasingly pressing as the population ages and life expectancy increases. More people require care in old age, and the cost of care is rising steadily. Care in Crisis The baby boom, improved healthcare and longer lives mean that the UK has an ageing...

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Dementia Tax Explained

The ‘dementia tax’ refers to the added expense for dementia patients and their families, who are often required to pay for long-term care with little or no support from the government. What is dementia tax? The term “dementia tax” was coined long before the Tory manifesto was released to the...

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Brits Underestimate the Cost of Care By 62%

A survey of more than 2000 people reveals the lack of information available about the cost of care, leading to those in need facing financial difficulty completely unprepared. Brits underestimate costs of residential care by 62% 6 in 10 have not put in place any preparations for caring for a...

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Why the Care System in the UK Isn’t Working

With a crisis in care, the threat of dementia tax and Brexit, Dr Jane Gilbert talks about why the care system in the UK isn’t working. The big problem Many thousands of vulnerable elderly and disabled people in the UK are totally reliant on care support. Research shows that...

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HomeTouch Winter Care Survey

This winter, we surveyed members of the public, customers of HomeTouch and followers of our social media accounts on their experiences of finding home care for their families. It is well known that both quality and cost are top of the concerns, but our survey found a wish for...

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In-Home Care: The Changing Face of Home Care Services

With the rise of the introductory agency, HomeTouch provides the same accessibility of in-home care, at a fraction of the price charged by home care agencies. In-home care Statistics have shown that despite a large increase in the elderly population in the last decade or so, 11% between 2001 and 2011, the...

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Listen to HomeTouch on BBC London Radio

The strain on unpaid carers, the broken care service system, the guidelines that are supposed to provide guarantees and the cuts to funding that make fulfilling those guarantees impossible. BBC Radio London investigates home care Guidelines published by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) have suggested that care...

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Which Countries Are Best At Caring For Their Elderly?

Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Germany all top the list of countries that are best at caring for their elderly, while Britain trails behind at number 11.  Is Britain the best? Britain is by no means the worst, but we have a long way to go before we’re the best....

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Personal Health Budgets

Dr. Jamie Wilson talks about the introduction of Personal Health Budgets, the positive impacts it may have and the various oppositions to the change. Personal Health Budgets and the medical establishment In April this year, 56,000 patients receiving NHS continuing care will be among the first to receive personal...