Isle of Wight social care services ‘struggling’ to deliver what is needed, says report

From fuel poverty and excess winter deaths to social and digital isolation — the health and social care services are ‘struggling’ to deliver what is needed on the Isle of Wight.

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From fuel poverty and excess winter deaths to social and digital isolation — the health and social care services are ‘struggling’ to deliver what is needed on the Isle of Wight.

In the Isle of Wight Council’s Annual Public Health report, focusing on the health and wellbeing of over 65s, the key concern is we are living longer and care services aren’t able to deliver what elderly people need.

No planned changes to social care to combat rising problems
Despite the ‘struggling’ health care services on the Island, the council have not put forward any changes to social care to combat rising problems, only self-care recommendations.

The council’s remedies for those over 65 to counteract problems so people can enter ‘old age as healthy as possible’ are as simple as exercising, breaking up how long you spend sitting down and getting vaccinated.

Only one in four people aged over 65 years meet the minimum recommended activity levels needed to maintain their health with the council saying ‘it is never too late to start’ regular exercise to help build strength and regain balance.

11 per cent in fuel poverty
With 11 per cent of households in fuel poverty — 5.1 per cent of Island homes have no central heating — an estimated 30 per cent of excess winter deaths are attributable to cold housing, which is equates to approximately 30 deaths each year on the Island.

Despite 97.1 per cent of residents over 65 on the Island receiving fuel winter payments, increasing year on year, it is possible that lowering the temperature in a living room by one degree the risk of strokes and heart attacks increase.

Staying in homes for longer
However, a problem the council is facing are people wanting to stay in their homes for longer, causing implications for the best way to provide social and community care.

Strategically, the council has said the Island Plan draft identifies the need for greater fuel efficiency in new builds.

Flu vaccinations
Uptake for all three vaccinations over 65s are advised to have been consistently lower than national targets as the council warn age alone increases the risk for a number of vaccine-preventable diseases.

It has also urged those who feel socially and digitally isolated to take action — either volunteering, like half of the Islands 55-75 population, and taking part in technology workshops to come out of the ‘offline nation’ — approximately one in five people.

Simon Bryant, interim director of public health for the council, said:

“Many people are remaining healthy and independent as they age and most older people report their health is good.

“This report will look at … ways in which we can further prevent disease and keep people as healthy as possible for as long as possible.”

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Friday, 8th November, 2019 7:38am

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Alternative Perspective
What do you do with all these old people? They are not productive and are simply a drain on the system. Way too expensive for our NHS along with cost millions in State Pension payments. Can’t they simply hurry up and die? If we were Gosport we’d have the perfect solution, by we can’t finish them off with a syringe driver anymore. Instead we deny them Health… Read more »
denbo17

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chrissy2712

Join the discussion the only way to stop this is to vote Labour in the GE They have promised a national social care service and will follow through on their promises unlike Conservatives and Lib Dems

J Garratt

The comment by ‘Alternative Perspective’ may be nuanced but it’s still a disgusting thing to put.

denbo17
Why have you removed my reply to the Alternative Perspective [part of comment removed by moderator] that has seriously upset my wife who buried her 93 year old mother 3 weeks ago and then has to read [part of comment removed by moderator] like this. You have removed my post. So now! remove the original one, which is extremely rude and disgusting, and very unacceptable.
denbo17

And his sly filthy remarks has nothing to do with Conservative Britain.

mrsmith
I think you may have misunderstood the context of Alternative Perspective’s post. I’m hoping that it was just a little too nuanced for some people to understand and not to be taken literally but my take on it is that it was meant to be an indictment of the current system, highlighting its deficiencies and the neglect that many in the elderly community are subject to, certainly… Read more »
Sally Perry
I’m very sorry to hear about your mother-in-law’s passing, my condolences to you and your wife. I saw your comment just before going to bed and unapproved it to deal with this morning because it contained swearing and name calling. Having now looked at the comment you were replying to, I see Alternative Perspective’s comment as a sarcastic response to the news contained in the article, not… Read more »
denbo17
I have just read your comment suggesting that I was swearing and name calling, and after looking through my own comments, I see no swearing or name calling at-all. You have also stated that: Having now looked at the comment you were replying to, I see Alternative Perspective’s comment as a sarcastic response to the news contained in the article, not something that was supposed to be… Read more »
Sally Perry

You can’t see the comment including the name calling and swearing because I have removed it. Just because you swap the U And C around in a swear word does not mean we will allow it.

denbo17

Well I can see it, because I keep copies of all my posts, and there is nowhere that I have written a swear word. It is written exactly as it says on the boxes in every chemist in the country.

Sally Perry

And I also have a copy. Your comment not only contained swearing it was aggressive and name called, both of which are against our house rules.