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A recent study by the Welsh older people’s Commissioner has brought to light some pressing matters of care-home malnourishment that have been reported nationwide. The study brought to attention some rather alarming details and incidents that supported some of Sova’s own views about the negligence that takes place in some of our country’s care-homes.

The report reviewed 100 care homes and after evaluating their results they deemed the whole situation ‘unacceptable’. In fact, the problem was so apparent that Commissioner Sarah Rochira demanded an increased emphasis on providing nutritionally balanced meals, and sufficient choice for the vulnerable in care.

Many of the homes reviewed were providing poor quality meals and little to no choice for their residents. One particular case reported that there was a gentleman who required a soft foods-only diet, and the only food he was given was mashed potato. In the afternoons many patient’s only food option was cold, dry sandwiches, leaving many care-home residents hungry and unfulfilled.

 

This news was particularly unsavoury to us here at Sova, as we know how important food can be to our clients, both for genuine nutrition, and for morale too. Our staff help clients to cook and prepare balanced, nutritional meals, as well going out and purchasing the food in the first place.

Even more shockingly, some trading standards officers found that certain care homes were offering just 800 calories worth of food to their residents a day – bearing in mind the recommended level is some 2,000 calories per day, this is more than a bit worrying! This kind of negligence would never occur with Sova home care, as our staff can help manage a diet or meal plan to ensure clients are kept healthy and well-fed.

The good thing about a study such as this is it brings to light failings in the care-home system which will now hopefully get address sharply! What reports like this also do however is highlight some of the negative aspects of sending your loved ones to a care home – of course not all care homes are guilty of these malpractices, but such incidents go unnoticed due to the short-staffed structure of many establishments.

If yourself or a loved one require that extra level of support or care, but you’d rather receive a professional service in the comfort of your own home, our personal care service is everything you’re looking for – and you needn’t ever worry about malnourishment.

(source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-29448187)

Although we don’t doubt that a nursing home has a place in the care world, there are many instances when live in care is preferable, and certainly more desirable. To help you understand why this is we have come up with 5 advantages that live in care has over living in a care home.

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One on One Care

The first and perhaps most obvious advantage to live in care is that the support and assistance is given on a one-to-one basis. This extra attention means the highest level of care can be administered, and a greater relationship between carer and patient can blossom.

Highest Level of Support

The structure of a care-home means that vital issues and instances may go unreported on the changeover, but with live in care they can provide around-the-clock support – which is of a great benefit to anyone needing a substantial amount of care.

Familiarity

On top of needing care, the thought of moving out of your family home adds an extra burden and stress on the situation – live in care means you can stay in the comfort of your own home while still benefitting from professional support.

Companionship

Having care on a one-on-one to basis means that not only are you receiving more focused care-plans, but it also allows care-givers and clients to form closer bonds. This works for both parties as it provides companionship for those needing care, and friendship for those administering it.

Flexibility

Most providers of healthcare at home can tailor individual plans to meet the needs of that particular client, and the fact all of this is delivered on a one-to-one basis in familiar surroundings means there is complete flexibility to suit their personal needs.

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An NHS tax that was proposed by the Liberal Democrats has been supported by senior Labour politicians as a solution to the current crisis in health care funding. With a £30bn black hole in NHS finances forecast for the next 5 years, there is a general consensus among the two parties that a radical shake-up is needed.

Health care service budgets have so far been ring-fenced from cuts, though the majority of services have relied more heavily on efficiency in saving money.

However, a recent report by the King Fund has estimated that a quarter of NHS trusts are already running in the red, and with an ever-growing population, this may create even more stress on  care services. With current salary freezes, management cuts, and reductions in the prices paid to hospitals, the report claims that standard means of cost reduction have almost been exhausted.

Former coalition Health Minister Paul Burstow is just one of the senior Liberal Democrats believed to be in favor of the proposed tax, along with current Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb. Both agree that this proposal is the best way to secure the NHS’s future.

In an essay to be published by the Social Market Foundation as part of an upcoming report for the NHS, Burstow states that further efficiency savings are imperative and increased funding is required urgently. He writes: "By 2021, the NHS will be looking at a £30bn black hole. Social care is on track for a £7bn shortfall.”

The current Education Minister David Laws, who is in charge of drawing up the Liberal Democrat manifesto, is understood to be examining the proposal.