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Thousands of elderly people are missing out on free personal care because of delays to assessments and care arrangements, a charity has found. Age Scotland says official figures suggest that, each year, around 8,640 people in Scotland wait longer than six weeks for a care assessment. Its own research, compiled…
A host of famous names are uniting in the fight against dementia, which is set to become the biggest killer of the 21st century. Comedian Jo Brand and Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell are among those supporting a campaign by Alzheimer's Society to raise awareness about the condition. The charity…
A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his wife at a sheltered housing complex. Eileen Thomson, 70, was taken to hospital after police were called to an address in Priorwood Court, Melrose, at 4.45pm on April 9 after a report of concern for a woman. She…
A growing staffing "crisis" in Scotland's care homes is hitting provision and contributing to hospital bed blocking, an industry body has warned. New figures released by private and voluntary social care representative organisation Scottish Care uncovered evidence of major problems in recruiting and retaining staff. The survey of around 250…
HSBC has outlined plans to become a more "dementia-friendly" bank with a range of initiatives. A guide to help customers living with the condition and those who support them is being piloted in 10 HSBC branches, giving tips on keeping track of spending and protecting against fraud. HSBC said it…
Old people are being forced to live in unsatisfactory care homes in some parts of the country, according to new analysis. One in three care homes in the North West performed poorly, compared with 20.3% in London, with the elderly and their families having little choice of quality care in…
Two residents who died in a Hertfordshire care home blaze were both women aged 91 and 89, police said. Firefighters rescued 33 people from Newgrange residential home in Cheshunt after flames engulfed the upper floors of the building. Two died in the fire and three other residents are in hospital…
Changes come into force today enabling people to keep more of their money if they are in Welsh residential care. The Welsh Government’s five year plan, “Taking Wales Forward”, committed to more than doubling the capital limit used in charging for residential social care, from £24,000 to £50,000. From today,…
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