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Care Sector News Review: October

Welcome back for October’s edition of ‘Care Sector News Review’.

This month, awareness initiatives relating to older people have been a regular occurrence, care homes have taken steps to overcome rising costs, and significant strides have been made in the treatment of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Read on to find out more about what’s been happening with care services, medical research and awareness initiatives in October.

Care services

  • Older people are being put at risk by the current frequency of care home closures, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The industry watchdog states that many care providers have effectively seen a 30% hike in costs over the past year.
  • The NHS has begun opening its own nursing homes in a bid to bypass the rates of bed blocking currently being witnessed. Managers have said that such investment is more cost-effective than the delays, cancellations and congestion experienced at present.

Medical research

Awareness initiatives

  • 1 October marked the International Day of Older Persons; a UN initiative developed to help challenge negative stereotypes of ageing. The aim is to increase inclusivity for older people across society and support them in playing an active role economically, politically and culturally.
  • 8 October was designated as World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Living and dying in pain: it doesn’t have to happen’, and numerous events were held to raise both awareness and funds for supporting people receiving palliative care.
  • 13 October was World Sight Day. This annual event aims to raise awareness of vision loss; a condition that affects a disproportionate percentage of older people.
  • October has seen a number of events held in honour of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Funds raised through initiatives such as Wear It Pink will all go towards specialist breast cancer care services.

Join us at the end of November for another edition of Care Sector News Review, and find out more about the latest stories from the care sector.