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An elderly couple separated for the first time in their 63-year marriage after one was refused a place in a nursing home are to be reunited after their heartbreak sparked a national outrage. A backlash at the decision by health chiefs to keep Michael Devereaux, 90, from Wexford, and his…
A former nurse convicted of killing eight elderly people in her care in Canada has been sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole for 25 years. Elizabeth Wettlaufer (pictured) pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated…
A "merciless" carer who stole nearly £300,000 from a vulnerable 102-year-old woman has been jailed for nine years. Julie Sayles, 59, of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, took advantage of "frugal" Edith Negus after discovering the centenarian had saved a "considerable fortune" during her lifetime. Sayles, who worked for a charity providing…
New support tools to help the general public find out about social care options for older people have been launched this week. A new leaflet, short film and website – www.gettinginformed.net – will provide much-needed information for people looking for social care options, particularly those who are ‘self-funders’. The resources…
Ministers are to consult on reforming the system of social care funding in England after effectively abandoning controversial changes set out in the Conservative General Election manifesto. The manifesto proposal to scrap the planned £72,000 cap on care costs - quickly dubbed the "dementia tax" by opposition parties - was…
The openPASS App enables verified family members to access information that is recorded by their relative's carer. This includes details of when the carer has visited, any medical care they have received and how they are feeling that day, all in one easy-to-use smartphone application. With openPASS, communications between family…
A watchdog has expressed astonishment at the failure to introduce a "properly resourced" national strategy for older prisoners after a dramatic rise in inmates aged over 60. Nigel Newcomen, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, said staff are managing ageing prisoners with limited resources and inadequate training. He warned his office…
A carer took advantage of a vulnerable 102-year-old woman by stealing more than £250,000 from her savings and writing herself into her will, a court has heard. Julie Sayles, 59, of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, bought two houses with the money she transferred from a joint bank account she set up…
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