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Flaws in Samsung’s ‘Smart’ Home Let Hackers Unlock Doors and Set Off Fire Alarms

Flaws in Samsung’s ‘Smart’ Home Let Hackers Unlock Doors and Set Off Fire Alarms | Home Care | Scoop.it
The nightmare scenario of the internet-connected smart home is real.
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New free Which? website will help carers - February - 2014 - Which? News

New free Which? website will help carers - February - 2014 - Which? News | Home Care | Scoop.it
Which? Elderly Care website launches to offer support to relatives making care arrangements (The free Which? Elderly Care website launches as Which? research finds that people are struggling to make care...
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Which look like they have come up with some useful information for those worried about dealing with elder relatives.

 

Like many things, we do not much about a subject until a problem comes along and we have to work on solving the problem. Often the problem hits either when you do not expect it or when other life pressures are taking your attention.

 

The main advice is not to wait until the problem has hit crisis level try to persuade elderly relatives to seek help when needs are moderate and where they be able to be re-abled back to normal functioning.

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Care home costs rocket by £740: Elderly and vulnerable householders now pay 10pc more than three years ago

Care home costs rocket by £740: Elderly and vulnerable householders now pay 10pc more than three years ago | Home Care | Scoop.it
The annual cost for an older person who needs ten hours of home care and receives five meals on wheels a week has risen to £7,900 a year on average.

Via Steven Preece
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We have not put our costs by 10% in 3 years but we know our Local Authority has been inflating its charges to self funders but has passed none of those increases onto the providers of the services. We need to see more money coming into Home Care to properly reward the people working delivering care to older people.

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Fewer elderly receiving help at home, warns charity | News | Nursing ...

Fewer elderly receiving help at home, warns charity | News | Nursing ... | Home Care | Scoop.it
A charity is warning that elderly people in desperate need of support in their homes are facing cuts as new figures show a dramatic drop in the numbers given help.
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The squeeze is on, experience on the ground shows there is a disconnect between what Central Government is saying and what local councils are doing. When visits are being provisioned it seems that the maximum time is 30 minutes, not much time to a have a shower and breakfast for people that are not that mobile.

 

I believe I am fully mobile but it takes me 40 minutes minimum to get ready in the morning.

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'Incompetent' NHS care leave healthy but vulnerable pensioners stuck in hospital for WEEKS

'Incompetent' NHS care leave healthy but vulnerable pensioners stuck in hospital for WEEKS | Home Care | Scoop.it

NHS mismanagement means that “overcrowded” hospitals are at breaking point as a lack of social care leaves the elderly needlessly stuck in wards for weeks, according to a new report.

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I think the headline is a little unfair, discharge from hospital is often under the control of Local Authorities as people are often discharged into their care. In the area we are in the Local Authority have squeezed the price so much that not enough Care Companies want to do the work.

 

The Local Authority is being squeezed by Central Government to save money. The public spending had just got so far out of control that a squeeze is having to happen to try and get spending under control.

 

The Government have postponed capping social care so there are no Insurance products offered out there for people to pay for their Social Care. So many people just expect to get things for free but there has be a limit on what can be offered for free.

 

As usual Governments shy away from putting preventative measures in to stop people needing care - dealing with Obesity, over consumption of alcohol, lack of exercise, poor diets. In addition they are not dealing with finding ways for people to pay for Social Care in a fair way, people who can afford to pay are subsidising those that can't even though they would have already paid their taxes for the Care to be funded.

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Can an app help improve your vision? Science says yes.

Can an app help improve your vision? Science says yes. | Home Care | Scoop.it
Yes, you can improve your vision through an app although what you’re really training is your brain. A team of baseball players used UltimEyes and can on average see clearly 31 percent farther than before.

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For only $5.99 (a lot cheaper than eye surgery) you can sharpen up your eyesight.

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UKHCA comment on properly funded home care | Home Care Direct

UKHCA comment on properly funded home care | Home Care Direct | Home Care | Scoop.it
United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), the professional association for home care providers welcomes the London School of Economics research published this week and supports the Care and Support Alliance's ...
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We can certainly say that the low funding levels is causing difficulty in recruiting care workers and retaining them. Pay is a big part of the issue but not the only one.

 

There are big inefficiencies in the system with Care Workers leaving because "they are fed up with all the driving". The councils do want monopoly positions but it would be best for providers to become experts in a relatively small areas where clients can be brought-on board as "Non-execs" to help improve the serrvice and deliver what local people really want. There would need to be an incentive for a provider to take on a group of village locations where the number of clients is small.

 

We need to do the delivery different if the cash strapped councils are to be able to fund more care!

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Hunt speaks out on care for elderly - expressandstar.com

Hunt speaks out on care for elderly - expressandstar.com | Home Care | Scoop.it
Daily Mail Hunt speaks out on care for elderly expressandstar.com Jeremy Hunt will tell delegates at the National Children and Adults Services (NCAS) conference there is a collective "national shame" in ignoring the emotional needs of people in...
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Certainly councils driving care by the minute does not always lead to good quality care. The fact is we need to be educating people earlier to keep themsleves fit and on what is available to help support them.

 

Keep beilieving that more volunteers will help the situation is not right. I for one have very little time for volunteering. In some communities volunteer help will work but in others it will just not exist. Volunteer help will often be sporadic and therefore not adequate for what is required.

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