Recently I wrote about my own parents. The Nursing home crisis is upon us. There is not enough space or money for everyone. It is good for me to be reminded of the pressures of modern society in the UK, and trying to help my siblings to arrange and fund the best care package for my parents who are over 300 miles away. My family are lucky to have one of us close at hand…… The threatened closure of GP Surgeries through lack of applicants for posts will complicate things for elderly people in care even further. Self-employed GPs may refuse to take on more than a certain number/percentage, which would then mean allocations and further resentment. Citizens in rural and less popular areas are going to have to travel further to obtain GP services – Regressive – thus increasing inequalities. Threats to GP trainee pay (David Millett on the 6 January 2015 in GP Magazine) will exacerbate the problem – and long term too, as many of these altruistic doctors find sanctuary elsewhere in the world. Fuel to the fire.
Adults are having to make crucial decisions about elderly care for an ageing parent online and on the phone because they live so far away, according to a major care provider.
Bupa says that people aged over 35 live, on average, 100 miles away from their parents, with those in London even further away, at 205 miles.
The private care provider says that children have to research options and manage inquiries from a distance without really getting to know an area or the care homes within it.
“We regularly speak to people who feel a sense of helplessness that they do not have time to visit care homes or do the hands-on care research they would like to,” said Rebecca Pearson, at Bupa Care Services.
Consumers can use the independent Good Care Guide, which offers reviews from past and existing residents.
January is the busiest time for care providers as children see their parents over Christmas. Google data this year is already showing a spike of 37 per cent in searches compared with other months.
The figures were compiled by Anchor, a care home provider, which said it has also received a surge in inquiries this month. Jane Ashcroft, the chief executive, urged families not to leave it until a crisis to explore options.
The Ledbury Reporter 16th Jan 2015: GP crisis looms in Kington
Steve Bagnall and Amelia Shaw in the Daily Post 20th Jan 2015 report: Warning over ‘looming GP crisis’ in Gwynedd and Wrexham