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Care home review to highlight 'institutionalised abuse'

A Serious Case Review (SCR) will be published today into the deaths of five elderly people who died after suffering neglect at a Southern Cross-run care home in Copthorne.

The review into the now-defunct Orchard View care home, will say the home was riddled with "institutionalised abuse".

The inquest into the deaths of five elderly people found they suffered neglect in the now defunct home. Credit: ITV Meridian.

Following a five-week inquest last October, coroner Penelope Schofield heavily criticised the quality of care at the home, and questioned why the Care Quality Commission inspection a year before it was shut gave it a "good" rating.

UK should build 'new community institutions' for elderly

Britain should build "new community institutions" specifically designed to help elderly people live independent lives to cope with the looming care crisis.

IPPR senior research fellow Clare McNeil said:

The supply of unpaid care to older people with support needs by their adult children will not keep pace with future demand.

Thousands of people in their 60s and 70s today could be left to cope on their own when they need care in the future, with overstretched services unable to make up the shortfall.

Britain needs to build new community institutions capable of sustaining us through the changes ahead and to adapt the social structures already in place, such as family and care, public services, the workplace and neighbourhoods.

– Clare McNeil


Not enough family carers for elderly 'by 2017'

There will not be enough family members to provide informal care for their elderly relatives as early as 2017, a leading think tank has warned.

IPPR published the research into social policy called the Condition of Britain. Credit: PA

IPPR warned there would be more than a million elderly people without adult children to care for them by 2030, as they published research on rising care costs.

The report shows the average annual cost for an older person who pays for a typical package of care has increased to £7,900 a year, an average £25,000 for home care and an average £36,000 for a nursing home.

IPPR pointed to Germany, Japan and Australia as examples of countries with ageing populations which had coped well in the absence of adult children.

Carer: 'The challenges were absolutely huge'

The wife and carer of a 73-year-old man with early onset Lewy Body Dementia has spoken to Daybreak about the emotional and financial challenges facing them as they try to maintain their old life.

Ex-nurse Jenny, 63, said they did not get any initial support because her husband James "had savings over the threshold" and were forced to spend £33,000 on night sitters.

Elderly care report figures 'catastrophic', says charity

A "catastrophic" number of elderly people unable to look after themselves because they lack the necessary support, according to a charity.

Age UK's director, Caroline Abrahams, warned elderly people would seek help at A&E wards, overwhelming the already strained service.

Older people who need help and who are now not getting it are being placed at significant risk and families who care for loved ones are experiencing intolerable strain.

If older people do not receive the care they need and as a consequence end up in A&E units and hospital wards, we have simply shifted people around the system at great financial cost and created distress and disruption for older people in the process.

This makes absolutely no moral or economic sense.

– Caroline Abrahams

Quality of elderly care 'a postcode lottery'

Elderly people are subjected to a "postcode lottery" in terms of the quality and quantity of support they receive from their local council, a damning report into pensioner care has found.

Age UK published their findings into support received by the elderly from social care services. They found:

  • Many councils are so stretched that they are only able to provide help to people whose needs are deemed to be "substantial" or "critical".
  • Elderly people whose needs are deemed to be "moderate" of "low" are left off the list until their health deteriorates and they require more help.
  • The report states 87% of authorities in England only provide care if the need is deemed to be "substantial" with a further 2% only providing care for those in dire need.
  • Only a "few" councils were able to pay for elderly people with "low" or "moderate" needs to prevent them from reaching a crisis point later on, it adds.
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