At a time when we are all expecting to live longer
than ever before, an undercover Which? investigation into life in UK care homes
revealed a shocking lack of even the most basic care for residents in some licensed
The report revealed inadequate feeding and under
stimulation were a major concern for dependent residents and their relatives
amid a funding crisis being hailed as a ‘ticking time bomb’ for an aging population.
James Clarke, European Marketing Manager at Premier
Care in Bathing said the answer lies in staying in your home for longer coupled
with solid investment in care for the elderly: “Old age comes to us all and
it’s only fair to expect a decent standard of care when you need it most.
Staying in your own home is easier than ever before because of the range of
aids that can make living longer in your own home a realistic option for more
of us than ever before.
“Of course not all care homes paint such a bleak
picture, some provide an excellent service to their residents. But with funding
from councils being cut, coupled with the low status and low pay for care home
workers and the increasing numbers of older people that need help, it’s clear
everyone will need to ensure they can look after themselves for longer at
Last year more than 20,000 people had to sell their
homes to pay for rising care costs, an issue blamed on severe budget cuts and
an aging population. The problem could
get even worse if funding is withdrawn from people already receiving
James added: “The funding gap is increasing, and as
councils reduce support, so fees to residents will have to increase. Under these circumstances, staying in your
own home is the only option for more and more people all the time.”
A recent report suggested men can now expect to live
until 77.9 and women 82 – which means older people will need to plan for a
longer retirement – and how to pay for it.
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