With the English nation back in lockdown until Thursday 3rd December, it is important to ensure your elderly loved ones are safe. Oxford Aunts has outlined some simple steps you can take to support them. Read More
The recent pandemic has highlighted the potential risk that care home settings pose to elderly residents. At Oxford Aunts we are always looking for opportunities to improve our clients quality of life and even more so during these unprecedented times.
A recent survey by the Live-In Care Hub found that 29.3% of care home residents deaths were related to COVID-19 compared to live-in care where only 0.17% of deaths were attributed to COVID-19 or a related illness. Read More
Many will remember the heart-wrenching images of families visiting residents in care homes at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic – gazing through the window of the home just to get a glimpse of their loved ones. However, this has now been replaced with confusion and turmoil for the 400,000 plus care home residents and their families across the country as the new guidance over visitors to care homes is interpreted differently by different care providers.
GUIDANCE GIVES RELIEF TO SOME
Since July when lockdown eased in England many care home providers have been facilitating one-to-one visits for families in their gardens as we have been able to enjoy the warmer climate. Whilst clearly this is better than the forced separation endured by many families, it has not enabled families to maintain meaningful contact that is so important to those living in care homes, where loneliness and isolation has been prevalent during the last six months when visits were restricted and outbreaks in homes managed. For those living with conditions like dementia, it will have been extremely difficult to comprehend. Read More
At Oxford Aunts we recognise the importance of preventative planning to keep people safe and well in their own homes, particularly in the winter months. This year with the prevalence of Covid-19 in our communities and a potential second wave of transmission and infection we are working hard as a team to be ready to meet all these challenges.
A HEALTH SERVICE THAT COULD STRUGGLE TO COPE
As we know the NHS and social care systems typically operate at maximum capacity in the winter months, with bed occupancy exceeding 95% in recent years. We are now facing a large resurgence in Covid-19 nationally, with potential local or regional pandemics, on-going disruption and the knock-on effect on the NHS and care systems from the first wave, a backlog of routine clinical care and the threat of an influenza epidemic is looming. These are all going to affect the NHS’ and social care’s ability to cope and meet the needs of older people who will be affected not only by this, but the usual winter pressures. Read More
For those living with a long-term condition that is impacts your health and well-being, we understand how difficult life can be at times. Complex conditions now so common for older people, like dementia and Parkinson’s that impact your physical and mental health can vary in severity and affect people differently.
At Oxford Aunts we have been providing specialist care and support to those living with complex conditions for over 50 years and know how important it is for families to have the support they need, not just in terms of their care needs, but for the emotional and psychological effects many experience. Family and loved ones of course play a significant role, but there are lots of leading charities and support networks that can offer specific information, guidance and support for those living with long-term conditions that affect older people.
Here we explain what support is available. Read More