Social Care and how society caters for the needs of an ageing population is one of the most important debates of the 21st century.
Devastating cuts in local authority budgets combined with an aging population mean that some of the state’s resources for looking after the older and more vulnerable members of society have diminished. Many families are looking at alternatives, including modifying the family home, in order that parents and other older relatives can enjoy their independence for longer.
One of the best ways in which to make living independently a more realistic proposal is to install a Stannah Sarum stairlift. A Disabled Facilities Grant is still available from local authorities and if you need more advice about funding a home conversion for older relatives, a trip to the local Citizen’s Advice Bureau may well be in order.
Most people are lucky enough to enjoy a fulfilled and active retirement. Unfortunately, though, there are some sections of the population for whom aging and the onset of dementia means that they will require additional help from healthcare providers. One way to tackle deficits in the current system is to spend some time looking at local voluntary groups and see if they can help you.
Most towns will have an association of volunteer groups that you could contact. Another potential resource is specialist charities that can offer useful advice about caring for someone with dementia and other associated problems.
If you suspect that a relative is starting to develop dementia, ask your local GP for a dementia assessment and then ask the doctor for advice. Recent reports claim that too many patients have not received the correct assessment tests and that this situation worsens, should the patient have to be admitted into hospital.
One way of tackling potential health problems in the elderly is to carry out as much independent research as possible. The traditional co-ordinators of care for the elderly, the local authority social services departments, have drastically cut their services but other organisations are available for advice and practical help and many of these groups have helplines and other facilities.
Advertisements in local shops are useful as they will be able to point you in the right direction in your local community. The recent government expression: ‘we’re all in this together’ can be applied to community collaboration as well as the national deficit.