A recent study reveals that we need to think more carefully about old age and what will happen when we get there.
It seems like old age is something of a taboo subject in modern society. We don't want to think about getting old, and so we don't talk about it - we just push it to the back of our minds and try to forget about the fact that nobody stays young forever.
But recently-published statistics suggest that we should be talking about this topic a lot more. According to this article
from PR Newswire...
- ...97% of people aged 75+ would prefer to live in their own homes (as opposed to a residential care home).
- ...only 54% of people believe that they will have the option of living at home in their final years.
- ...23% of people have no idea what will happen to them in their old age.
- ...86% of those polled have never discussed their wishes regarding old age care with loved ones.
These numbers are very revealing. Firstly, they prove something that most of us already suspected: very few people (only 3% of those polled) would choose to leave their homes behind and live in a care home. Beyond that, though, the report shows that we need to talk more openly about old age.
Here are two reasons why:
- Almost half of those polled did not think that there would be any alternative to living in a residential care home. This is not true - companies like Sova Healthcare work hard to provide high-quality care in the client's own home, and even difficult circumstances such as dementia and terminal illness can be catered for. We need to change people's perspective on old age care, and this will not happen unless we start talking about it.
- According to this survey, most people do not discuss old age with their loved ones and make a plan for their later years. Sitting down with your family and having a conversation about your wishes could well make the final years of your life far more pleasant - after all, if you tell them what you want, this puts them in a far better position to help you get it.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.