Council cash boost to care for OAPs in their own homes

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First published in News

ALMOST £500,000 has been handed to social care bosses in a bid to have more OAPs cared for at home.

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) got £458,799 from NHS training board Health Education Thames Valley.

It will be used to educate carers and elderly residents about “assistive technology” like alarms and sensors and also aid recruitment of care staff.

It is hoped the cash will help reduce hospital and care home admissions and allow those in hospital to go home sooner.

Adult and children’s social care spending makes up about £275m – 47 per cent – of the council’s £585.3m annual spend.

The number of over-85s in Oxfordshire is predicted to rise from 14,683 in 2011 to 39,400 in 2035 as life expectancy increases.

County director of public health Dr Jonathan McWilliam believes this is the “number one health care challenge”.

Cabinet member for adult social care, Judith Heathcoat, said: “I am delighted that we successfully bid for this grant and it will be money that will be put to excellent use locally by developing the local adult social care market.

“We have an ageing population and demand for social care is on the rise.”

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7:06am Tue 27 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Isn't it simply marvellous that Tory-led Oxfordshire County Council is making winning bids for public money to help further-develop the aftercare market for OAPs? No, sorry, it sounds degrading and disgusting that the Government, the NHS (still public, one supposes?) and its County Council are treating public healthcare and aftercare for people like bidding for old furniture at an auction, with everyone being treated like 'cattle' at this so-called 'market' to which the County Council and others now refer to. As for having to educate older persons about fire alarms and similar, this sounds very much like their individual circumstances might suggest they should already be having proper care in a state-run care facility, or paying for this themselves in a private care home - which if the latter, should not be getting public money in any case. If this is what life means under the Tories and right-wing politicians, then you really can understand why Labour has just not only retained their Wards on Oxfrd City Council and increased its mandate by 10%, but as to why the Tories don't have a single seat on the council.
Isn't it simply marvellous that Tory-led Oxfordshire County Council is making winning bids for public money to help further-develop the aftercare market for OAPs? No, sorry, it sounds degrading and disgusting that the Government, the NHS (still public, one supposes?) and its County Council are treating public healthcare and aftercare for people like bidding for old furniture at an auction, with everyone being treated like 'cattle' at this so-called 'market' to which the County Council and others now refer to. As for having to educate older persons about fire alarms and similar, this sounds very much like their individual circumstances might suggest they should already be having proper care in a state-run care facility, or paying for this themselves in a private care home - which if the latter, should not be getting public money in any case. If this is what life means under the Tories and right-wing politicians, then you really can understand why Labour has just not only retained their Wards on Oxfrd City Council and increased its mandate by 10%, but as to why the Tories don't have a single seat on the council. Myron Blatz
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