Social Care Blog Archive

Singing for the Brain – A report has just been published in the US which found that people between the ages of 60 and 80 who play music may avoid developing Alzheimer's disease as a result, commenting that "music is a challenging cognitive exercise, making people's brains fitter and more capable of accommodating the challenges of ageing."

Mark Sadler, Apr 27, 2011 - general

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A change in the market of elderly care – The Board of Southern Cross care home group have reported that they are coming under increasing pressure from local authorities to reduce fees, further reporting that some local authorities are looking for reductions of up to 20%. All these reductions and freezes are not only for new residents of the care homes, but for existing ones as well. This next coming year is therefore looking to be a difficult one for providers of care to the elderly.

Mark Sadler, Apr 08, 2011 - general

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Have you made a will? – Have you been watching Gerry Robinson's series "You can't take it with you" on BBC 2?

Mark Sadler, Feb 14, 2011 - general

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Is this the end of independent care homes? – Last year, the CQC (Care Quality Commission) abolished yearly inspections. This week, they have announced a new scheme in which homes will be assessed on staff training, staff turnover, daily activities and the general quality of care on offer. Well, great - anyone who has looked for a care home knows that this additional information will be vital in helping to make a choice of one care home over another.

Mark Sadler, Feb 28, 2011 - general

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Cross party talks on elderly care start this week - Let battle commence! – Cross-party talks on the future of elderly care funding begin tomorrow

Mark Sadler, Jan 16, 2012 - general

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Sharing homes - could it work? – The Guardian this week looked at a Homeshare project, where students or young people are placed in houseshares with the elderly. The student will agree to live there and look after the elderly owner (a certain number of hours each week) in return for significantly lower rent. Housing sorted for the student, care sorted for the owner.

Mark Sadler, Jan 09, 2012 - general

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