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Care of the elderly news : November 2010

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private care of the elderly in the UK.

  • A united front against dementia Dementia Action AllianceDementia is one of the greatest challenges facing our ageing society. There has been major progress in recent years in securing public and political commitment to responding more effectively to...
  • Mounting care home fees could wipe out wills Elderly couple coping with dementiaIncreasing care home fees could mean elderly people have nothing to leave in their wills. This warning follows a report that more than 20,000 pensioners had to sell their homes last year to pay for...
  • Councils will struggle to care for elderly people Logo - Laing and Buisson: Healthcare conferences and events in the UKCouncils and the NHS seek to make economies in the face of reduced central government funding. Care home operators could shift more of the burden of paying for long-term care onto private individuals...
  • Elderly people paying higher care home fees than a local authority Partnership AssurancePartnership estimates elderly people paying their own care home fees may be up to £111 more per week for the same levels of care as local authority funded residents.
  • Heating costs 'leave elderly vulnerable' Heating costs 'leave elderly vulnerable'Older people may want to research private care homes after it has been suggested that heating costs could be detrimental to their health. Simon Bottery, director of policy at Independent Age, said...
  • Exercise 'could protect against Alzheimer's' Alzheimer's awareness ribbonRecent research has suggested that exercise could help prevent against the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Elderly people 'could benefit from exercise' Exercise is good for osteoarthritisResearch has suggested that elderly people in care homes could benefit from being offered exercise programmes.
  • Care homes 'failing diabetes patients' Diabetes UK logoPatients with diabetes are being let down by care homes, a recent report has suggested. People may want to choose their care homes more carefully after the study by Diabetes UK found that just 23 per...
  • Care system 'facing crisis' Age UKThe NHS care system in the UK is reaching crisis point, according to recent suggestions. Charity Age UK has claimed that the health service is failing to divert sufficient funds and focus to the...
  • Insurers support insurance law reforms The Law CommissionThe Law Commission has reported on responses to its paper on “Damages for Late Payment and the Insurer's Duty of Good Faith”. The paper asks whether a policyholder should be entitled to damages where...