Singing, as a communal exercise, can break down social barriers, reduce isolation and improve wellbeing.
As we reflect on what life means to us in this post-pandemic shuffle, we need to also contemplate what a “good death” is.
Care workers in England have faced impossible pressures during lockdown. The government needs to ensure better pay and working conditions.
The deaths of huge numbers of the elderly in our care homes due to COVID-19 made clear the need to integrate our health and social care services. Here’s what needs to be done.
Care workers, care recipients, think tanks and parliament itself agree that social care reform is urgently needed. But this plan’s lack of detail and insufficient funding suggest that it a ways off.
The case for introducing a limit on how much people pay for their own care is clear. Figuring out how to calculate that cap, though, is complicated.
Social care has long been the healthcare system’s poor cousin. Will the UK government’s new plans to reform the system succeed where others have not?
Teenagers transitioning from long-term care to independent adulthood need to be looked after. Their health, wellbeing, education and their safety are at risk
Key loopholes in the proposed cap on social care spending mean all assets won’t necessarily be protected.
The government proposes to fix social care and rescue the NHS in one go. The levy it proposes risks only scratching the surface
The UK government is set to make it compulsory for all staff working in care homes in England to get the COVID vaccine. Two ethicists discuss the pros and cons.
Even though the media exposed the negligence that led to so many elderly deaths, it continues to portray old people as faceless and voiceless, contributing to the insidious spread of ageism.
The UK government is about to reform social care, but the focus is likely to be on funding, not the companies that are allowed to have a stake in the sector.
Have ‘Do Not Attempt CPR’ orders been misused under the pressures of the pandemic?
After the devastating impact of COVID, changing the culture of social care must start with valuing, respecting and rewarding the people who look after our vulnerable old people.
As the rule of six comes into force, some sectors of the media are already calling for it to be abolished.
Using robots to provide companionship is a slippery slope in removing the aged and infirm still further from human interaction.
People who use home care and their carers may be even more vulnerable during a second wave.
The spotlight reveals that better funding and support are urgently needed.
There is a sad precedent of pandemic disease threatening the residents of care institutions – and of authorities not heeding the dangers.