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Concerns over caring for elderly relatives

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ACCORDING to research by Cera Care, one of the UK’s leading home care providers, 67% of Llanelli residents aged over 70 expect to be cared for at home by their loved ones as they reach old age, yet these expectations are putting strain on relationships.

An additional 18% stated that they expect to move in with their children if and when the time comes that they need additional care, however 78% of middle-aged couples admitted that working out how to care for ageing parents has caused a rift between them. According to the study, men in Llanelli are more likely to favour residential care for their parents, with 64% stating that care homes are the best option compared to just 39% of women.

At the other end of the scale, a fifth of those over 70 don’t think they will need assistance as they get older, with an additional 25% of the population admitting that they have never discussed elderly care with their parents. When it comes to the role reversal of old age, half of those surveyed in Llanelli admitted that they worry about their parents’ ageing, with a further 22% confessing that they are worried that they won’t know how to care for their parents if it was required.

Feelings of guilt and a sense of obligation also came to light during the study, with 27% admitting they would feel guilty if they were unable to care for their parents at home and a further one in ten admitting that they don’t want to be responsible for their parent’s care. People also admitted to feelings of pressure, with one in five admitting that being responsible for their parents’ care would be too much responsibility.

Life expectancy in the UK is at an all-time high, with most people living into their 80s thanks to advances in healthcare and living conditions. However, as people live longer, the need for elderly care also dramatically increases, with many families struggling to agree on the best way to look after elderly relatives.

Established in 2016, Cera Care specialises in helping people select the right care for their loved ones and offers continued support for as long as it is required. The company carried out the study of 2,000 British adults to find out how prepared families are to look after ageing generations and encourage people to discuss their wishes for care with their loved ones before it’s too late.

Sarah McEwan, Head of Carer Recruitment at Cera Care said: “The majority of people will require some sort of care during the last years of their lives, be that following a hospital stay, during an illness, or simply as they become less able due to old age. But with so many care options available, such as residential homes, assisted living, family support or at home care, it’s sometimes hard to work out what is best.

“With this in mind, we carried out the nationwide study to raise awareness of the importance of starting these conversations and encourage people to approach the subject of elderly care with their loved ones so that if the time comes when additional support is needed, families have one less thing to worry about.”

In response to the survey’s findings, Cera Care have put together a comprehensive guide on what issues people should consider when planning care with their parents and sensitive ways they can broach the topic and start a discussion.

You can see the guide at: https://ceracare.co.uk/blog/parental-planning-guide/

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Those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster should get jabbed by end of June

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ALL those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster are being urged to take up their offer of the vaccine before the end of next month.

A deadline of 30 June has been introduced to ensure all those eligible for the spring booster will have a long-enough interval between this and the autumn 2022 booster, if they are also eligible.

An announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about which groups will be eligible for the autumn booster is due to be published shortly.

The JCVI has advised that people over-75, older care home residents and all those aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed are eligible for the spring booster.

Those who are 75 on or before 30 June, can get their booster at any point up to the deadline.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “It is important we continue our very high take up levels of the vaccine to help protect us against the risk of serious illness from Covid-19. I would urge everyone who is offered a spring booster vaccination takes up the invitation.”

If someone eligible for a spring booster has had a Covid infection recently, they will need to wait 28 days from the date they tested positive before they can be vaccinated. They will still be able to get vaccinated after 30 June as part of this campaign if they have to postpone their appointment.

All those eligible for spring boosters will be invited by their health board or GP.

It is not too late for anyone who needs a primary dose (first, second or third) to be vaccinated.

Please check for local arrangements.

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Young people in Wales being failed when moving from child to adult mental health services

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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES are failing young people when they move from child to adult services, says a mental health charity.

Mind Cymru is calling for Welsh Government to make urgent changes to improve the system.

Nia Evans, Children and Young People Manager at Mind Cymru, said: “Young people have told us that their needs, thoughts, and feelings about moving to adult services are often unheard, or ignored.

“Welsh Government must support Local Health Boards to make sure this doesn’t happen, change the way services are run and make sure our young people are being heard and properly cared for.”

Mind Cymru has published a report, in ate the result of interviews with young people about their experiences of moving from Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – (SCAMHS) to AMHS.

They highlighted five key areas where services are failing young people:
– Poor information offered to young people, particularly on their rights
– Inconsistent use and follow through of care and treatment plans
– High thresholds for SCAMHS and AMHS referrals to be accepted
– Feeling abandoned / cut off from SCAMHS
– Age still dominates decision making process for moving from SCAMHS to AMHS

Nia Evans said: “Any one of these issues could make the process of moving from children’s services to adult services difficult for our young people. But often, more than one is happening at any one time.”

“Our young people have a right to care and support from a mental health system that has been put in place to help them recover. Action must be taken immediately to make sure support systems are robust and doing the job they were designed to do.”

Mind Cymru is asking people to email their Member of the Senedd (MS) and amplify the voices of these young people whose experiences are often unheard, and use the #SortTheSwitch hashtag on social media.

The full report is available here, including what a good move from SCAMHS to AMHS would look like for young people, and where the current system could improve.

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Average UK price of diesel hits record of more than £1.80 a litre

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LESS than two months after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 5p a litre cut on the average price of fuel – diesel prices have reached a record high price of 180.29p a litre.
The previous high of 179.90p was recorded on March 23rd 2022 – the day of the Spring Statement from Sunak.

In recent weeks, the UK government has tried to move away from its reliance on importing Russian oil, following President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Worryingly for drivers of petrol cars, the price per litre is fast approaching the record levels of 167.3p per litre set on March 22nd.

This latest price rise adds another challenge to UK households, as the cost of living crisis continues to impact families across the country.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Sadly, despite the Chancellor’s 5p a litre duty cut the average price of a litre of diesel has hit a new record high at 180.29p.”

“Efforts to move away from importing Russian diesel have led to a tightening of supply and pushed up the price retailers pay for diesel.”

“While the wholesale price has eased in the last few days this is likely to be temporary, especially if the EU agrees to ban imports of Russian oil.”

“Unfortunately, drivers with diesel vehicles need to brace themselves for yet more pain at the pumps. Had Mr Sunak reduced VAT to 15% as we call on him to do instead of cutting duty by 5p, drivers of diesel vehicles would be around 2p a litre better off, or £1 for every full tank.”

“As it is, drivers are still paying 27p VAT on petrol and 29p on diesel, which is just the same as before the Spring Statement.”

“The average price of petrol is also on the rise having gone up nearly 3p a litre since the start of the month to 166.65p which means it’s less than a penny away from the all-time high of 167.30p set on 22 March.”

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