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A crackdown on "rip-off" pre-paid funeral plan providers who prey on the vulnerable has been signalled by the Government. The Treasury is proposing bringing the sector under the regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) after evidence showed elderly people are being "pressured, harassed and misled" by some operators. Action…
Kingdom Homes has struck a deal which will see all residents and staff transfer from a Bield care home in Fife. Last year, Bield announced 12 of its care homes across Scotland were to close and has since been working tirelessly to find other providers to keep them open. Following…
Too many older people are living in misery as they are left waiting for months to receive care in their own home, a charity has warned. Older people and their families are paying the price of council cuts, with the provision of homecare services falling by three million hours since…
A carer who fatally knocked down a 100-year-old grandmother in an Asda car park after "accidentally pressing the accelerator" of a van has been spared jail. Cherise Lyons, 57, was driving a paralysed man to buy flowers for a date when the tragedy unfolded outside the supermarket in Shoebury, Essex.…
Detectives are investigating how a female carer died after suffering head injuries in the flat of a 95-year-old patient who is believed to suffer from dementia. The elderly man, who neighbours said was frail and uses a walking stick, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Two ambulance crews arrived…
A care home for older people in Inverurie has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Garioch care home following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists three areas which require urgent…
A woman was banned from visiting her mother in a Liverpool care home after she complained about her treatment, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The woman, whose mother had been placed in a BUPA care home by Liverpool City Council (pictured), said she was banned by…
More than one in three older patients suffer "medication-related harm" after being discharged from hospital, a new study suggests. Researchers found at least 10% of these cases are preventable. A new study, led by experts from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, found in some cases this even resulted in patients…
Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhile, there should be a national public campaign highlighting the issue which affects millions of Britons, according to the Royal College of…
Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, often without adequate reviews or records being kept, according to a new report from a National Assembly committee. The Health, Social Care and…
The Welsh Government's Supporting People Programme could be at risk of letting down vulnerable and elderly people due to the confusing way it will work and uncertainty it creates for organisations charged with delivering it, according to a National Assembly committee. Worth around £125 million pounds a year the programme…
A pioneering new golf project that enables people to continue enjoying their golf when diagnosed with dementia is set to launch in Scotland. With the support of Life Changes Trust and Mearns Golf Academy, Golf In Society will be piloting golf days that keep people living well at their local…
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