I recently visited Leicester’s Intensive Community Support (ICS) team which helps keep older people living at home so they don’t need to go into hospital. The ICS team offers nursing, physiotherapy, social care and other support from advanced practitioners.
I will be organising a visit with the ICS team soon, to see at first-hand the work they do. We need more services like this to improve care and reduce pressure on hospital services and A&E.
On Monday 9th January I challenged the Heath Secretary on how he plans to tackle the growing crisis in the NHS and social care. Government plans to use council tax rises to try and fill the huge gap in funding for social care are completely inadequate and will only increase inequality as the country’s poorest regions will be least able to raise the money they so desperately need.
I was honoured to officially open the new cinema lounge and therapy area at Wyggeston’s Hospital, following their successful application to the National Lottery for funding. The funding has enabled Wyggeston’s Hospital to provide an area for elderly residents to watch films, chat and spend time with one and other in a relaxed atmosphere.
It is really important that elderly people get high quality care and support and I’m delighted that Wyggeston’s Hospital has created this superb new facility in my constituency.
My latest article for the Leicester Mercury is about how we can better support people in Leicester caring for older family members. You can read it here.