Care of Elderly News

Simpson Millar's expert solicitors give their opinions and discuss current news issues related to the care of the elderly, including care home costs, the issue of substandard care for vulnerable patients, and the protection of elderly rights.
Battling Dementia With Lewy Bodies

31 August 2016 | Jennifer Turnbull

Simpson Millars Care Homes expert explores the symptoms and impact of Dementia with Lewy Bodies, including why we need to raise awareness of the disease

Chronic Delays in NHS Continuing Healthcare Claims Continue

4 July 2016 | James Urquhart

Over 4 years have passed since Sir David Nicholson announced deadlines for assessments of eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare were being introduced.

A Guide To NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding

28 June 2016 | Jennifer Turnbull

Long-term illness and continuing care are two sensitive issues that can affect families across the UK.

Challenging the Stereotypes of Solicitors

28 June 2016 | Jennifer Turnbull

After the loss of her father, Jennifer Turnbull, Solicitor at Simpson Millar – realised that it was okay to admit vulnerability. Jennifer shares her story.

Budget for Guardian Angel in Old Age says Lawyer

27 January 2016 | James Skinner

Top worries for Britons as they age: losing eyesight, memory and mobility - Relatives skimp on care in absence of clear instructions

Care Home and Third Party Top Up Fees Often Charged Incorrectly

12 October 2015 | Janet Cooper

Been asked to pay third party top up fees because a care home is too expensive and the Local Authority won’t meet the cost of care for an elderly relative?

Care Costs Capped – Dont Stand for Substandard Care

11 August 2015 | Neil Fearn

The hopes for reducing care costs have been dampened after the government announced that the proposed cap on costs would be delayed until 2020.

The Election 2015: What Lies Ahead for the Elderly After May 7th?

6 May 2015 | James Skinner

What Lies Ahead for the Elderly After May 7. A recent YouGov poll revealed a staggering 93% of voters over 55 intended to vote in the upcoming election.

New Care Act will see Thousands of Elderly People Lose Out on Funding

7 July 2014 | James Skinner

The Care Act 2014 looks set to leave the majority of older people to shell out privately for care that should be provided by local authorities.

The Care Bill 2014 – Is it a Step in the Right Direction?

23 June 2014 | James Skinner

For years, the care legislation in this country has made it difficult for people to understand when they should be paying for their care.

Care homes worse than prisons?

10 February 2014 | Janet Cooper

With the Care Bill still being debated, the outlook for residential care is still to be decided.

600 claims still await care homes fee recovery In North Yorkshire alone

4 February 2014 | James Urquhart

The NHS has apologised over major delays processing claims seeking to recover care home fees that should have been met by the NHS.

Put the tea in dignity

3 February 2014 | James Urquhart

It was 'Dignity in Care' day on Saturday 1st February, part of a worldwide action day.

Red tape delays could force huge care bills on public

4 September 2013 | Janet Cooper

Failings by the NHS could lead to the wastage of millions in tax payer’s money following claim assessment delays related to incorrectly charged care fees

Row over Care Home Fees as NHS Chiefs face £100million bill

26 June 2013 | Janet Cooper

Lengthy process of filtering through approximately 60,000 applications begins as thousands try to reclaim NHS Continuing Healthcare costs dating back years

Care homes in Wales to receive quality review

30 May 2013 | Janet Cooper

New initiative to canvass older care home residents about the quality of their care has been welcomed by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate

"Scandal" of people selling homes to fund cost of care must end, says Hunt

14 February 2013 | Janet Cooper

40,000 people each year forced to sell their homes to fund "unlimited" costs of care, the Department of Health has commended...

Are you entitled to claim a refund of Care Home Fees?

8 February 2013 | Janet Cooper

The Department of Health have announced a final deadline for anyone wishing to make an application for fully funded NHS Continuing Care

Is the Government Committed to Harnessing Spiralling Care Costs?

21 January 2013 | James Urquhart

It may be somewhat reassuring to note that the Government recognises the need to limit exposure of excessive care costs to the elderly



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