Elderly care crisis claims a million family homes – John Bingham – Telegraph

English: Former school now a care home in Long...

English: Former school now a care home in Longwick. Care home for the elderly (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a worrying article from John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor at the Telegraph. It’s a MUST READ, in my view. Check it out!

Elderly care crisis claims a million family homes – Telegraph.

The article highlights a number of negative trends focusing on the growing number of elderly people who must sell their home to finance social care costs. It also picks up the thread that the next generation who are waiting for inheritances might be very disappointed.

Ultimately, there are two worrying concerns. Firstly, families are increasingly neglecting their elderly. Secondly, UK Government policy is ineffective.

Any thoughts?

 

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  5. There is simply not enough money in the system to care for the present numbers of old people requiring long term Adult Social Care let alone the 1.25 million woman over the age of 65 who have early stage dementia and the growing numbers of diabetes sufferers and obese people who are going to need it later.
    Part of this is down to lack of Government finances due to excessive numbers of civil servants,too many councils, constabularies,fire commands, quangos and people engaged in non jobs.

    Part of it is down to poor diet on the part of Adult Social Care recipients, drug taking and drinking during earlier life, chemicals and pollutants in the environment,poor cooking skills,junk food and the lack of willingness of the UK’s population to look after elderly parents.

    What can and must be done is to face the problem and discuss it openly in an adult fashion,something the public seems to be incapable of doing.

    Then we must take action because if we don’t we are going to have a lot of dead old people on our hands.

    The action needs to include all of the following:

    1) Merge the Adult Social Care and NHS budgets and clear out duplication

    2) Cut the public sector down to an affordable size

    3) Introduce variable taxes on foods

    4) Pay doctors to keep people well not for the size of their patient lists

    5) Transfer all Adult Social Care recipients without relatives nearby or at all,to India and Thailand where they can be looked after at minimal cost

    6) Reduce, sugar, salt and fluoride content from food and drink

    7) Ban the use of aluminium foil and aluminium saucepans

    8) Plant air cleaning trees near motorways and factories

    9) Ban Bisphenol A and pesticides which cause obesity, have gender bending effects and which are carcinogenic

    10) Introduce German style Rife technology to the NHS and encourage people to acquire these devices for their own use so that they can cure their own afflictions(A modern Rife machine built to German standards can cure most cancers,Aids and up to another 2,500 diseases) yet the BMA and the NHS plus the drug companies refuse to use or consider them.

    11) Promote healthy eating,diet and exercise

    12) Make people responsible for their own health and promote Tai Chi,Pilates and Yoga along with Ayuvedic medicine

    13) Make long term care insurance fully tax deductible

    14) Make the tax system more competitive and use part of the money brought back onshore to fund better food in hospitals and preventative healthcare regimes

    15) Promote vitamin and mineral supplementation via food manufacturers

    16) Use aggressive re-enablement to stop the downward slide into a zero range of movement for Adult Social Care recipients

    17) Use Asimo robots in care homes for lifting, showering, toileting and turning Adult Social Care recipients

    18) Abolish overseas aid, the Barnett Formula and unwarranted military adventurism and use the money saved to reform and re-engineer public health in the NHS and in the country at large.

    This will impact beneficially on productivity and enable the country to become more prosperous

    19) Promote St John’s Wort(Hypericum) as an anti depressant 4 times stronger than Prozac to combat depression and S.A.D both of which cause people to retreat into their shells,become gloomy/remorseful and not exercise.

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