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Britain's oldest person is believed to have set a new world record after she underwent a hip replacement operation at the age of 112.

Gladys Hooper, of Ryde on the Isle of Wight, underwent the surgery after she fell and fractured her hip.

Gladys Hooper
Gladys Hooper may be the oldest person in the world to undergo hip replacement surgery (file photo) Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Derek Hermiston, Mrs Hooper's son, himself 84, said the operation had gone "splendidly" and had given his mother a "new lease of life".

He said his mother was recovering well following the operation at St Mary's Hospital in Newport.

"She is standing but not walking yet, they are taking it rather carefully with her as you never know what happens at that age. She listens to music and she's chatting away," he said.

The Guinness World Records currently lists John Randall as the oldest person to have a total hip replacement.

He under went the operation at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in November 2011, but at just 102 years three months and 30 days at the time of the operation he was younger than Mrs Hooper.

I think she is the oldest person in the world to have a hip operation and the surgeon, Jason Millington, and the anaesthetist were both courageous to take the decision to operate on someone of that age but the operation went splendidly.

– DEREK HERMISTON

Mr Millington, the consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust who performed Mrs Hooper's hip replacement, said he understood the operation on "this amazing lady" was the "oldest documented case worldwide".

"I have had correspondence since the surgery to suggest that not only is Mrs Hooper the oldest patient in the UK to have had hip fracture surgery, but possibly the oldest documented case worldwide," he said.

"However, the point is this - nothing I or my team have done has been significantly different to what we do for any patient with this injury. The only thing that makes this interesting and unique is Mrs Hooper. I therefore feel the focus should be on this amazing lady and we should all be willing her to make a full and uneventful recovery."

A spokesman for Guinness World Records said the organisation would "welcome a record application" from a member of Mrs Hooper's family.

source: https://www.itv.com/news/2015-10-16/britains-oldest-person-may-have-set-world-record-with-hip-replacement-operation-at-112/

 

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Charities, small business and tech companies are being urged to bid for funding for innovative projects (such as carers’ cafes and technology solutions) to improve the health and wellbeing of carers.

Caroline Dinenage announced the Carers Innovation Fund during Carers’ Week (10-16 June) at the Carers Centre in Tower Hamlets, which celebrated its 21st birthday this week.

'Poor health, isolation and stress'

Caroline Dinenage said: “My own mother was a ‘sandwich carer’ who supported me with the birth of my first child as well as caring for my grandmother, who had dementia. I saw the emotional and physical toll it took on her.

"Too often they experience poor health, isolation and stress as a result of their responsibilities, which in turn negatively affects their education or employment.

“This £5 million investment will help build our understanding of the kinds of support that work for carers, outside of traditional healthcare services.

“From cafes that bring carers together, to innovative forms of technology that help carers enjoy time off, I want to see a range of exciting projects boosted and their benefits unlocked.”

Caroline Dinenage announces Carers Innovation Fund at Carers Centre, which celebrates its 21st birthday. Credit: DHSC

The fund was first announced last year, as part of the government’s Carers Action Plan, to support unpaid carers over the next two years. Initially, the fund was worth £500,000 but funding has been increased to £5m.

The minister added: “Our health and care services have a vital role to play in providing support too, and through our NHS Long Term Plan we are working to better identify and support carers across England.

“But it’s evident that sometimes there are organisations that can deliver beyond the scope of traditional services.

"For example, I have met men in my constituency in Gosport who told me their lives have literally been saved by the Men’s Shed, a non-profit community initiative for men to connect with others locally.”

Carers will be among the experts who will sit on a panel to consider which projects get the green light for money from the Carers Innovation Fund.

There are over five million carers in England.

Helen Walker, chief executive of Carers UK, said: “Many more of us are taking on unpaid caring responsibilities for family and friends, often alongside paid work or raising children. We are also seeing the amount and complexity of care increasing.

“As we live and work longer, with technology transforming so many aspects of our lives, it’s time to innovate to support the way families are living today.”

The fund is part of the government's ageing society Grand Challenge strategy, aimed at using innovation to assist Britain's ageing population.

 


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Older people should receive free help to eat, wash and get dressed in a move which would improve their health but need to be funded by a 2p tax rise, a thinktank has said.

The proposal, by the left-of-centre Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), highlights the growing political consensus that personal care should become free for over-65s. If implemented, it would bring England into line with Scotland, where such care has been free since 2002.

The IPPR argues that the key principle underlying access to the NHS – free care at the point of need – should be extended to this element of social care services in England.

Doing so would remove what critics say is a deeply unfair system in which more and more people of pensionable age are having to use their savings to pay for care received at home that is vital to their independence.

The switch would cost an extra £8bn a year by 2030 but could be paid for by raising income tax by 2p or National Insurance by 1.3p, according to calculations in a new IPPR report.

The NHS would save £4.5bn a year by 2030 because older people would be in better health as a result of improved support at home and so would end up in hospital less, it says. Cuts to local council budgets since 2010 have contributed to hospitals becoming routinely full all year round.

The NHS’s bill for providing “continuing healthcare” to those with high-level medical needs would fall by £3.3bn, fewer hospital admissions would save £270m and improved end-of-life care in people’s homes would yield a further £267m saving. A fall in the number of patients who remain in a hospital bed despite being fit to leave would free up another £670m.

The report comes days after Jacob Rees-Mogg, a prominent rightwinger and leader of the European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, said he supported the principle of social care becoming free and paid for by government, not individuals.

“It is far better to pool risk and for the taxpayer, where appropriate, to step in and help those who would face ruinous costs on their own, making social care largely free at the point of use. This is something we can afford as a nation, if we can get our priorities right,” he said.

However, those receiving care should also pay £5,000 a year to help cover the costs, he added.

Last month, Conservative MP Damian Green said social care should be modelled on the state pension in a paper for the Centre for Policy Studies, a free market thinktank.

“In 1948, politicians were brave in making the NHS free at the point of need and funded out of general taxation. We need our politicians today to be just as courageous and do the same for social care,” said David Behan, the chair of Health Education England, the NHS medical training agency.

“The hallmark of a civilised society is how well we treat the most vulnerable, including our elderly parents and grandparents. At the moment, we are failing them, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Labour has pledged to introduce a National Care Service and massively expand access to free social care if elected.

Barbara Keeley, the shadow minister for social care, declined to say if she backed the IPPR’s call for free personal care. She and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, have been discussing whether to include such a pledge in Labour’s next manifesto.

“At the last election, Labour pledged to set up a National Care Service, cap care costs and spend £8bn more over the parliament, and last month we announced plans to ensure that 160,000 more older people receive help at home with their care needs,” said Keeley.

A government green paper on reforming social care has been delayed many times since its intended publication last year. It is expected to include proposals on “risk sharing” to cover the cost of expanded social care support and stop retired people having to sell their home to pay for such help.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the care and support they need. We will set out our plans to reform the social care system at the earliest opportunity to ensure it is sustainable for the future.”

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/23/personal-care-should-be-free-for-over-65s-says-thinktank



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Care and support in Nottinghamshire

 

As you get older, or if you have problems with your health or mobility, then living independently and safely can become increasingly challenging. Here you can find out ways to support yourself or improve your quality of life and we will help you find the support and tools to do this. 

Most people have to pay something towards the cost of their care and support. If you think you will be responsible for paying for your care and support, we have produced a guide to support you

We have two short videos about how to get information and how to get support.

Nottinghamshire Help Yourself

The first place to look is Nottinghamshire Help Yourself which brings together a range of care and support providers with information about activities, events and groups all in one place.

 

Contact us

Alternatively, you can contact our customer service team who can guide you through the options.

If you can't find the service you're looking for let us know and we'll contact providers to try and close that gap.

Services

We also provide some services to help you keep independent which you can access at anytime, without the need for any type of assessment.

Meals at home

County Enterprise Foods provides an award winning service, delivering delicious, great value, hot and frozen meals to home across Nottinghamshire. Visit the County Enterprise Foods website for more information.

Handy Person's Adaptations Service

This provides the help and support you may need to keep safe and secure in your home with low-cost but high quality essential adaptations and small practical jobs. Visit our HPAS page for more information.

Connect 

If you have lost a loved one or your health is deteriorating, you may find that you are struggling with daily life or feeling lonely. The Connect service can help you by finding information about local services, activities and opportunities. If needed, Connect staff can work with you around money issues, housing problems, health management and other things. This short-term support will be tailored to your needs and will focus on achieving what you want in a way that suits you.

If you, or someone you know, might benefit from the advice and support of Connect, phone:

Bassetlaw: NCHA

Ashfield, Mansfield and Newark & Sherwood: Age UK

Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe: Metropolitan

A similar service for younger adults is also available through Framework. Visit the Framework website for more information.

Independent Financial Advice and Support

It is a good idea to get financial information and advice from an expert if you are making decisions about paying for care.

This may be, for example:

  • if there are a number of options available and you would like support to choose one
  • where there is a potential conflict between your interests and ours
  • when you are about to enter a legal agreement, such as a deferred payment agreement
  • when you want advice on specific financial products to get the most out of your assets. 

Providers you might find helpful are listed on the Nottingham Help Yourself website and include:

Alternatively you can phone us on 0300 500 80 80 where our advisers can guide you through the options.

Independent financial advisers (IFAs) can give you advice on financial matters and recommend suitable financial products but you may need to pay for their advice. 

If you need more support

If after exploring these options you feel you may need more support, then you might need to have a Care and Support Assessment. This will allow you to explain the things you are finding hard to achieve and we will discuss with you how we might be able to help you.

The aim of the assessment will always be to help you regain or maintain a level of independence.  We will carry out the assessment in the most proportionate way depending on your needs, this could be over the telephone or at one of our clinics.  

Please contact us on 0300 500 80 80, an advisor can help you with your options and may complete a referral for a care and support assessment.

Find out more about whether you may need to pay for your own care and support and the different options available.

 
 

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Government should provide free personal care for everyone, charity recommends in report

Fewer than one in four homeowners are saving for their future care needs, despite more than half fearing they could lose their homes to pay for care in later life, research has found.

A survey commissioned by the Independent Age charity found more than 143,000 older people – more than one-third of the 421,000 currently in residential care – are likely to face costs of £100,000 or more to pay for their care. Such costs have been described as “catastrophic.

In recent years, the government has proposed introducing a cap to prevent people from having to pay such amounts. However, separate research by Grant Thornton UK LLP, also commissioned by Independent Age, has revealed a cap would fail the majority of older people in care homes.

Instead, in its report, the charity has called on the government to introduce free personal care for everyone.

“Simply put, no one would pay for their care, avoiding up to hundreds of thousands in charges,” said George McNamara, the director of policy and influencing at Independent Age. “Free personal care could be introduced at a similar cost to the government to a cap on care costs.

“It would remove the unfairness in our health and social care systems, whereby someone who has a long-term health condition like cancer gets all of their treatment for free, while someone who develops dementia will be subject to a means test and may end up spending huge amounts on care for the remainder of their life.”

 

Free personal care would eliminate costs for people receiving care at home. For those in residential settings, it would reduce costs by more than one-third – leaving them to pay non-care related costs including bed, board and lodging.

The government’s proposal of a cap on care costs, which is expected to feature in the much-awaited social care green paper, has been widely speculated about. The research showed that if the proposed cap were set too high, many older people in residential care would not live long enough to reach it – the average length of stay in a care home is 22 months.

In addition, most of the proposed caps take no account of “hotel costs” – the non-care related costs of being in care, including food and lodging, which can exceed £100,000 for a lengthy stay in a care home.

However, other experts are cautious about free personal care. Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s charity director, said: “A cap on care costs would only help a small minority of older people … Free personal care sounds great and there are some suggestions it would cost little more than a cap, but we’re not currently convinced it’s really as good as it looks.

“It would not, for example, help tackle the chronic labour shortage, nor in and of itself improve the quality and sustainability of the care on offer.

“A wide range of reforms is probably what’s required, included a national scheme which allows us to pool our risk of needing care so no one has to live in fear of sky-high care bills.”

Claire Turner, a director of evidence at the Centre for Ageing Better, said: “In addition to delivering a properly funded and effective social care system, the government should consider legislating for flexible, paid carers’ leave and give carers a right to return to the same job.”

The Department of Health and Social Care said: “We introduced landmark reforms to prevent people from being forced to sell their homes to pay for their own care and have given local authorities access to up to £3.9bn more dedicated funding for adult social care this year, with a further £410m available for adults and children’s services.

“We will set out our plans to reform the social care system at the earliest opportunity to ensure it is sustainable for the future.”

source:- https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/24/fewer-than-one-in-four-homeowners-saving-for-future-care-survey

 

 

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    • to have a minimum of one year’s experience of care
    • to be legally entitled to work in the UK
    • be willing to undertake a CRB/DBS record check
    • complete our induction training programme
    • A QCF Level 2 in Care (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential
    • Being a UK driving licence holder is an advantage.
    • good social and communication skills
    • Enthusiastic, caring, friendly, trustworthy individuals who are compassionate and reliable
    • Flexibility - your hours could include days, evenings, weekends and bank holidays

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