STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

On the 9th anniversary of my mother’s passing… By Joanna Slater

On the anniversary of my darling mother Kay’s passing 9 years ago today on the 8th January 2008

Not a day goes past without my mother in my thoughts. It’s been a long journey but I hope that by bringing awareness to others through my book, blog and Strength in Numbers group page her name will live on forever and hopefully can make a difference and bring an awareness to all those who have suffered.

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How it all started, my mothers story

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Joanna Slater chronicles her mother Kay’s agonising six-month decline after a routine hip op – at the hands of an NHS where  many have simply forgotten how to care… 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1394300/NHS-hip-operation-mother-died-Daughters-harrowing-account.html

 

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Older People Needing Care Face ‘Bleak Future’

Around 1.86 million people over 50 in England already have unmet care needs – an increase of 7% since the financial crash in 2008

Older people needing care are facing a “bleak future” because of a lack of funding, a think tank has warned. In his Spending Review last month, Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to council tax that he said would lead to a rise in care budgets. But the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) has said this would only “paper over the cracks” and is not enough to meet the needs of a growing older population.

It said around 1.86 million people over the age of 50 in England had unmet care needs – an increase of 7% since the financial crash in 2008. It also said the number of people over 80 had risen by 800,000 in the last decade, and that there were already around 1.5 million people providing over 50 hours a week of unpaid care – often a person’s family.

The Government said local authorities would have access to an extra £3.5bn for adult social care through the 2% council tax hike announced in the Spending Review. However, ILC-UK said it was “highly unlikely” this sum would be raised, and even if it was it would only mean care spending returns to 2015 levels by the end of the Parliament in 2020.

Click on the link to read more

http://news.sky.com/story/1604649/older-people-needing-care-face-bleak-future

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Residents moved out of care home

CARE home residents were moved out after a damning inspection report raised fears for their safety.

Southend Council decided to remove residents from Chadwick Lodge Residential Home in Chadwick Road, Westcliff,  after it was placed placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission. Inspectors from the Government watchdog released a report saying the home was inadequate in safety, effectiveness, care and leadership after an unannounced inspection.

The commission was called in after Southend Council raised concerns and found poor training, neglectful care, unexplained injuries and even the hiring convicted criminals without proper checks – one of which had been suspended while the council investigated allegations against them.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/13588254.Residents_moved_out_of_care_home/

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Chadwick Lodge – residents were moved out

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Shocking photo’s of Corrin Julie Garland’s mother

This is just horrific and it saddens me to share, but has to be shown. May your darling mum now rest in peace. Joanna

This is what has happened to my mum after being left in her own urine for over a week. I asked the social service to up her care to personal care. My mum cant move at all any more and needs assistant. Because she has to have heater on in the bathroom to have shower they refuse to shower her because they get too hot. This is the outcome. I am disgusted please share; its all they way up her back and legs they are burns.

UPDATE: Mum has taken turn for worse and is now fighting for her life.
I asked social services 2 months ago to up her care to personal care. My mum can’t move anymore and needs assistance. She has cares that go in twice a day and they must of seen this. This is the outcome its all the way up her back and legs. I am disgusted and would appreciate it if you shared. She had to press her piper line to get assistance.

UPDATE: Mum lost her fight this morning.

Filed under: Care Homes, Elderly,

Large numbers of older patients experience lack of dignity in hospital

Older hospital patients in England face a “widespread and systematic” pattern of inadequate care, according to a detailed statistical analysis of inpatient experience data in NHS hospitals in England.

The analysis* by Drs Polly Vizard and Tania Burchardt of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics uses data from the Adult Inpatient Survey for 2012-13 to give a detailed picture of older people’s reported experiences during hospital stays. The results showed that experiences of poor or inconsistent standards of dignity and help with eating were too high in the “vast majority” of NHS trusts. Over a fifth of older people (23%) reported experiencing poor or inconsistent standards of dignity and respect and more than one in three patients who needed help with eating did not receive enough assistance.

Poor or inconsistent care was more likely to be experienced by women, those aged over 80 and those with a long-standing illness or disability such as deafness of blindness. The likelihood of poor or inconsistent care was particularly high for patients whose hospital stay had been long or if they had stayed on three or more wards.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.onmedica.com/newsArticle.aspx?id=dd0ea49d-0d5f-480d-b17b-7f6cbf282737

Click on the link to download the full analysis*

Older peoples experiences of dignity and nutrition during hospital stays

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Petition to Investigate and stop the murder of vulnerable people, remove closed courts and meetings which should be public.

You wake up hungry, thirsty, forced to be alone, trapped in a bed with people lying about you, making you scared and wanting you dead. 

This is what is happening to the old and people who medicine is considered too expensive in the UK but not else where in the world! And then this is being hidden.

I Dr Jones want a proper Independent public jury investigation including coroner on the death of my mother Mavis Banks. Who in her last days had tears in her eyes and wanted to live. But was forced to die. My mother said someone from Chester City council was trying to sell her home and land cheap and hit her in 2010 before her stroke that lead her to be in a nursing home. The strange actions of Chester City council were all done to shut her up and shows massive corruption in Cheshire.

Please click on the link and sign to stop this before it affects your loved ones.

https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-david-cameron-investigate-and-stop-the-murder-of-vulnerable-people-remove-closed-courts-and-meetings-which-should-be-public?tk=QN4CFOc1IAvW4X6zOg2DWBOA_OV-wo0a0nwbplDPVDM&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

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Living to 100: not all it’s cracked up to be, especially if we don’t rethink our approach to old age

It’s never easy broaching the subject of our own mortality, but I certainly wouldn’t want to live for a century, says Judith Woods

Hands up who wants to live to 100? Me neither. Don’t get me wrong, I fully intend to live forever, but a century just sounds such an effort.

In recent days we’ve been told by Austrian researchers that old age doesn’t officially begin until 74. We’ve also learned the “secret” to becoming a centenarian: no smoking, low cholesterol levels and coffee in moderation. And UK-based anti-ageing specialist Dr Alex Zhavoronkov has revealed his infallible plan to live to 150 by taking 100 drugs and supplements a day and avoiding stress. How great is that?

Not great at all, I’d say. The fact he views as “stress” the things most of us regard as the best bits of life – marriage, children, buying lovely shiny consumer durables – brings to mind the hoary old saw that he might not live a century and a half but time will drag so slowly it will certainly feel like it.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11576382/Living-to-100-not-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-especially-if-we-dont-rethink-our-approach-to-old-age.html

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NURSING HOME ASSESSMENT FORM for RESIDENTS FRIENDS AND FAMILY by Lenin Nightingale

Having finished reading a blog entry by a care assistant in a private nursing home, who informs of her and one nurse having to attend to the needs of 25 elderly residents on a night shift, and of her thinking the food given to residents during the day was on par with what would go in the bin of very cheap boarding house (this as the homes’ administrator received a bonus for cutting costs), it occurred to me that all private nursing homes should be open to scrutiny by residents’ friends and relatives.

For this purpose, I have adapted an assessment form used in America, from the National Caregivers Library, by which friends and relatives can give scores on a 1-5 rating scale for a series of nursing home performances that impact on their loved one’s daily routine.

The assessment document, which I have named NURSING HOME ASSESSMENT BY RESIDENTS’ FRIENDS AND FAMILY, assesses the home’s performance in the areas of Quality of Life, Quality of Care, Nutrition, and Safety.

Please click on the link to read more

https://nursebloginternational.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/nursing-home-assessment-by-residents-friends-and-family/

Please click on the PDF below to download and print the Nursing Home Assessment form to keep and document

NURSING HOME ASSESSMENT FORM BY RESIDENTS FRIENDS AND FAMILY

I urge everyone to distribute this form. I urge militancy on behalf of nursing home residents.

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600 patients die of hunger and thirst every year: Hospital staff refuse to help, say families

Almost 600 patients are dying in hospitals each year because of hunger and thirst, figures show. Bereaved relatives have told how their loved ones were ‘forgotten to death’ by staff who refused to help them eat or drink. Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that 7,949 deaths have been attributed to hunger and thirst in the past decade.  In recent years, however, numbers have fallen – suggesting the standards of nursing care are showing signs of improvement.

The figures show that in NHS and private hospitals in 2013, dehydration was recorded as an underlying cause of death or a contributory factor in 574 deaths. In 2008 the total was 942. In 2013 a further 336 deaths were logged with malnutrition being an underlying cause or contributory factor. The two figures cannot be added together to give a total because some patients would have been recorded in both categories. Another 88 deaths in care homes in 2013 were attributed to dehydration and 33 to malnutrition, according to the figures which were obtained by Channel 4 News. The family of a retired engineer who died of acute dehydration have told how staff dumped drinks by his bed without bothering to help him reach them.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2971384/600-patients-die-hunger-thirst-year-Hospital-staff-refuse-help-say-families.html

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‘Forgotten to death’: Almost 600 patients are dying in hospitals each year because of hunger and thirst, figures show, with bereaved relatives saying staff refused to help them eat or drink. (Stock image)

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A shocking story eloquently given by Christina Taylor at made at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Perth 2014 about the care and cover up her mother had.

And Christina is still fighting for the truth

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Elderly care: 70,000 of the most frail abandoned by the system – study

More than 70,000 of the most vulnerable elderly people have been effectively abandoned by the care system, with no help or support despite having serious life-limiting disabilities, a new study claims. Analysis by the charity Independent Age concludes that at least two million older people in England have some difficulty performing essential day-to-day task such as washing or dressing. It estimates that 560,000 face a seriously daily struggle with their own basic personal care, unable to perform at least essential tasks. While most of them receive at least some informal care from family or friends if they do not qualify for state-funded support or a place in a care home, it estimates that a core of about 70,000 receive nothing.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11255929/Elderly-care-70000-of-the-most-frail-abandoned-by-the-system-study.html

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Live-in nursing could help older people stay at home

Nurses can provide 24/7 medical and personal care that is cheaper than keeping a person in an NHS bed

When asked about the care they would like to receive in old age, the overwhelming majority of people say care in their own home is their ideal choice. Our recent survey of 2,000 adults found just 3% of people would choose a residential home as their ideal, and yet many end up with this as a default option.

Our Care Choice Gap report   http://www.consultuscare.com/_app_/resources/documents/www.consultuscare.com/care-choice-gap/care-choice-gap-report.pdf   based on the survey, calls on NHS commissioners, local authorities and individuals to think about ways to meet increasing care needs.

The NHS and local authorities are struggling to cope with the demands of an ageing population and the increasing co-morbidities affecting many older people. Traditional packages of care are under increasing strain and appear unable to offer the person-centred, at home support that older people say they want.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2014/oct/20/live-in-nurses-older-people-stay-at-home?

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Only one in four have faith in system to care for them in old age

Only a quarter of people in England believe they will receive proper care in their old age despite the Coalition’s sweeping reforms of the system, one of the biggest surveys of opinion on the subject ever conducted shows.
Research commissioned by an alliance of 75 charities and voluntary organisations involved with elderly and disabled people concludes the care crisis could prove a decisive issue in next year’s general election, with concern as high among middle aged voters as the older generation.
It shows that voters rank care for elderly and disabled people second only to health as a national priority justifying an increase in spending – well ahead of schools, transport, policing or the armed forces.

Please click on the link to read more
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/elderhealth/11063984/Only-one-in-four-have-faith-in-system-to-care-for-them-in-old-age.html

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