Friday, 30 December 2011
The Elderly are People too
A sharp, above inflation rise in the cost of non-residential care has occurred within the last 12 months making home care less affordable for an increasing number of vulnerable adults. Local councils are responsible for price setting on home-care, meals-on-wheels services and staff transport costs – all of which have risen drastically.
Surveys also show that prices differ markedly from area to area, creating yet another postcode lottery.
So while council chiefs still rake in huge salaries and benefit from lavish privileges – the vulnerable suffer again. And although George Osborne promised an extra £2 billion to help with elderly care, H of C analysis shows that £1.3 billion has been removed from councils’ spending on help for elderly since the coalition came to power, which puts sending £1 million-a-time cruise missiles to help topple Gaddafi into perspective, ay?
And earlier in the week we leaned that half of the over 75's are living own their own, with only a quarter of them receiving weekly visits – underlining the importance of non-residential care all the more.
Those whose health rapidly declines because of insufficient care will more than likely end up in hospital, and even then there’s no certainty they’ll be washed, fed or even given water! Besides, people want to live in their own homes, and the elderly are people too.
So is it surprising to hear that there has been a steep increase in the number of over-65′s found to be exceeding the recommended units of alcohol per week? Not really. Who isn’t being driven to drink nowadays?