I am aware that this is a long blog for which I make no apology, as it reflects the paramount importance of this subject.
Points to be covered
Office of National Statistics (ONS) for 2017/18:
According to a survey by the Telegraph in 2018:
According to latest NHS statistics published for 2017/2018:
There can be no doubt that with our ageing population, combined with the current cuts in social care and the NHS, the crisis that we are already experiencing, will intensify.
What can be done to minimise the occurrence of these falls and their likely consequences?
Adapting homes & lifestyles to minimise falls and extend independent living.
As a Professional Organiser I believe that it is really important that a person’s home is adapted to accommodate physical and mental changes as they age.
I have watched many documentaries about the elderly where the changes referred to above, do not seem to be routinely considered.
There were 2 Panorama programmes on the crisis in social care.
None of the above is rocket science.
While there may be occupational therapists involved, they are very under resourced, so do not have the time or skills in decluttering, reorganising and adapting the homes, in the ways I have discussed.
Other external support available.
If you are an elderly person yourself or have elderly relatives who find themselves alone in the world, where can you/they access help, other than government based social care?
There are many UK wide charities that offer services at both a national & local level. For Example:
These charities and many more, offer a range of support services including companionship, guidance & advice in terms of home visits, community groups, housing, home help, personal care, companionship, respite care & dementia care.
There can be community groups offered by local churches. Unfortunately, many churches have closed in the last 20 years due to the decline of attendance overall, so this is a declining resource.
In the light of all of the continuing social care cuts, and more elderly needing support, the charity role plus community led groups, is ever more important.
To add to this mix, we need to offer neighbourly support. If we know of an elderly person living in our street, we can offer to visit or to get groceries etc. Community awareness is becoming ever more important.
A positive outcome of the recent lockdowns, is that there has been an abundance of fantastic community support initiatives. Going forward, we need to ensure that this enthusiasm continues, as specifically with regard to the needs of the elderly, they are ongoing.
Finally, it is never too early to consider how we can adapt our homes/lifestyles in anticipation of old age. My parents downsized to a lovely bungalow in their 60’s. This was a blessing as when my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer in her 70’s, it meant that we could care for her at home until she passed. This was what she wished for, & indeed a blessing to us all.
I hope this has provided food for thought and been practically helpful. I am passionate about the plight of our elderly people.
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