It has been a busy news week when it comes to care of the elderly. A big story broke on the BBC website on Tuesday morning. The headline was Councils in England ‘pay too little for home care’ A BBC investigation suggested that most councils in England are paying less than the industry recommended minimum for personal home care. The report went on to say that the data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, found the minimum paid met that in just four out of 101 cases. One provider said quality care was not possible at the levels being paid . Read the full story by visiting this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26021026

The Scotsman published a story on the 6th February that suggested “Caring for older people in Scotland’s hospitals and care homes at a cost of billions of pounds a year is not sustainable as the elderly population continues to grow.” Audit Scotland said the Scottish Government has estimated that spending on health and social care for over-65s will have to increase from £4.5 billion to £8bn by 2031 unless there are changes to people’s wellbeing and how services are provided. Read the full story here: http://www.scotsman.com/news/health/elderly-care-costs-unsustainable-says-watchdog-1-3295977

A moving story in The Telegraph also caught our eye – In a new book Sally Magnusson, whose mother’s life was destroyed by dementia, says sufferers must be given the chance to live well rather than just left to die. The article is a very moving read and we urge you to take the time to listen to Sally’s story. Her book Where Memories Go by Sally Magnusson (RRP £16.99) is available from Telegraph Books at £14.99 +£1.35 p&p. Call 0844 871 1514 or visit books.telegraph.co.uk