Respite care is provided by residential homes for elderly people who require addititional support following an operation or illness, or to provide a regular carer with a well earned break.
Self Funding Care
Help self funders understand their self funding care options; understand care funding jargon and help to guide your self funding care actions.
In 2012, there were around 800,000 people suffering with some form of dementia – this had an estimated cost of £23 billion a year to the UK economy says the Alzheimer’s Society; this figure is even higher than the combined costs of care for cancer, strokes and heart disease.
We need to find a way to relieve the pressure on our economy, but still allow sufferers to live in their own home at the same time.
Allowing sufferers to keep their dignity is of the utmost importance.
Older men are more likely to be carers for their partners or family and can find themselves feeling like they are not being listened too. They can be ignored by GPs, leaving them feeling isolated and unwilling to ask for help.
This is not that unusual, given the fact that conventional ideas of men acting as carers is not seen as the norm. It is important to to take this into account, because it is at the centre of a larger issue of who will be taking on the carers roles as the UK society gets older, combined with the impact on local health services if fewer people come forward wanting to take up the role or feel that they are capable of doing it.