YEP Says, March 6: How we’re failing our elderly with cut-price care

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THERE is little short of a revolution taking place when it comes to how we look after our elderly.

THERE is little short of a revolution taking place when it comes to how we look after our elderly.

Rather than people moving into residential care in their later years, the priority is now on keeping people in their own homes.

Though it’s a policy forced upon town halls by the spiralling costs that come with an ageing population, there is much merit in the approach. Most people, given the choice, would rather stay amid familiar surroundings.

However, this system stands or falls on the quality of the care they are given by those who call round to help them manage everyday tasks that have become a struggle.

So it is deeply concerning that Leeds City Council is underfunding homecare services by some distance. The United Kingdom Homecare Association recommends a minimum spend well above the £12.08 per hour currently funded by the authority.

Just this week the YEP revealed the horrific ordeal of pensioner John Makin, who was on the receiving end of shameful neglect by his homecare providers.

In light of these damning figures, it’s troubling to think how many others out there are suffering in silence.

Of course, good care is not just about levels of funding. But this shortfall suggests a wider failure to recognise the importance of meeting the needs of the elderly and vulnerable.

Vinnie’s always welcome at Leeds

HE may only have been at Elland Road for one full season, but Vinnie Jones is a cult hero for Leeds United fans.

It helps of course that it was a season made memorable by the fact the tough midfielder helped win the Whites promotion back to the old First Division.

Now he’s swapped LS11 for Los Angeles, it’s nice to know this hardman’s still got just as much of a soft spot for Leeds as supporters have for him.

We’re looking forward to welcoming him back here next month – and if he fancies investing some of his movie millions in United, that would be more than welcome too.