Top 10 Films with Heroes Who are Over 60 Years Old


It happens to all of us. It’s as certain as taxes and the tacky antics of reality television ‘stars.’  We will all die one day. Now flashback as far as you can…five years, a decade, two or more and see how much has changed. Do you like the same music? Do you support the same political party? Are you with someone you love, or have you lost your ability to simply feel said emotion. Time takes its toll, and in the end, what we don’t learn from its passage predicts our inability to deal with what’s ahead. Here is the list of top 10 films about Old People:


10        Gran Torino

9          The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

8          Harry and Tonto

7          Tokyo Story

6          Tatie Danielle

5          Strangers in Good Company

4          The Straight Story

3          Up

2          Away from Her

1          The Up Series

Dr. Raja shares his passion and knowledge with CHJ

What do you enjoy the most about working in care home industry?

For me, working in the care industry is a passion and a vocation giving me an opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable people every day whilst affording me a tremendous amount of satisfaction and achievement. Of course, it is incredibly challenging but because of the diversity and uniqueness of every person we support and the situations faced, no one day is the same and its great to be able to apply my passion and creativity with a team equally as dedicated and driven, to achieve positive outcomes.
What is the key issue facing the care home industry in this country?

Senior couple at home with many bills

Clearly the main headline grabber is rightly the underfunding of the sector whilst costs escalate. This takes providing excellent services to the breaking point where staff aren’t paid meaningfully and services cannot be further invested in to improve. To make matters worse, the ever changing and ever increasing burdens of bureaucracy and red tape are stifling at best and confusing and demotivating at worst.

There are examples of good quality services that have closed and are facing distress. Staff morale and improvements within others are problematic and the media’s negative portrayal of the sector is disheartening. The threats and challenges from all sides diminish further the capacity and resilience to continue the fight to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in society. Everybody in the sector is affected from front line care staff through management to owners and directors. In fact the sector deserves credit more than ever for its compassion, warmth and care when it feels very exploitative since so much is built upon the extra mile….. above and beyond that is given by those, most often women, that enter the profession because of a heartfelt commitment to caring.

In a world where austerity rules supreme where government support is reducing and health costs are rising, how challenging has it been for the care home industry? What are some steps you home have taken to manage through the current climate of economic uncertainty?

We have focussed our efforts even more on being closer to service users and front line staff and to empower and support them to assist in maintaining excellent relationships and communication which helps to improve the service experienced by all. We have applied technology to take the burden of many aspects that previously distracted from the time and costs of managing and administering the service including introduction of computer systems, iPads and mobile phones for remote staff which link in with planning and finance.

We have streamlined and restructured our management and moved more people from the office out into the places where people receive care and support and have adopted management functions that break away from service lines but are more responsive in terms of the support people and the organisation needs.

What are some of the areas that the care home industry can improve?

Individual homes and organisations have often been isolated and very bunkered in their outlook and it is now more important than ever for greater unity in the sector. From keeping in touch with local providers, sharing knowledge and resources through to formal membership of local and national trade associations, will help keep knowledge up to date with best and innovative practice whilst possibly opening up opportunities for growth and development and reduction of costs and improving quality as a result.

We as a sector need to celebrate success better. So much happens day in day out within our services we provide yet we too are modest and humble to the point that the only stories that are heard are the bad ones. We should shout from the rooftops about our achievements and success and make sure the local community is engaged and aware of what we do. So many of us hold and take part in Open days, craft fairs, are involved with local churches, colleges and other community groups and activities for example but how many of these feature in news articles let alone interviews?

A strong unified voice representing providers in the sector, sending clear messages to stakeholders including the public as well as commissioners and the government is needed now more than ever and Care England will undoubtedly build on the success of the National Care Association and the English Community Care Association following merger on the 1st january 2014 and will help shape the sector in a way that works for service users and service providers.




Dr. Asif Raja bio:

A lifelong commitment to health and social care has seen Dr Raja apply himself to make a positive difference as a founder and Managing Director of SummerCare. He has championed improvements in the quality of services and is a Director of the National Care Association, a Board Member of the Care England Transition Board, trustee of Shields people parliament, Board Member of the National Leadership Forum and a member of the steering group of the Driving up Quality Alliance.

care-home-great british care awardsHe was recognised as the Best Employer in the country by The Great British Care Awards in 2013 as well as for excellence in customer service in the 2013 Business Awards as well as for his contribution to the community in the 2012 Business Awards.  A prominent national contribution has seen him recognised as one of the top 30 Social Care Leaders in the country as well as a Care Personality in the National Care Awards 2012.

Death rate soars!

CQC allowed 4000 care homes to break the law


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More than 4000 care homes are being allowed by regulators to break the law, with no registered manager in charge of all residents at homes. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has turned a blind eye to the failing, even hough its chief executive has admitted that said such homes are far more likely to be putting vulnerable people at risk.

There are more than 3900 care homes in the market operating without a registered manager according to a recent report to CQC. Registered managers of care homes are supposed to be held accountable for the quality of services in care homes and be held accountable for failings.

CQC chief executive David Behan said, in a recent interview,  that the organisation is preparing to use powers of prosecution against persistent offenders including issuing fines. He insisted, homes without a registered manager have very high levels of non-compliance and it is not acceptable to run a home without a registered manager in place and to do so will result in a sanction.

Half a billion pounds to save A&E as NHS in meltdown

The NHS is to be given a £500m bailout to Accident & Emergency departments across England after warnings that the system is on the brink of collapse. After chaos in hospitals across the country in spring, senior managers warned that the system could collapse within a year without major changes and extra money. Senior doctors likened A&E units to “warzones” in May, with medics fighting a losing battle to cope with an increasing tide of patients, while the head of the NHS watchdog said the system had become “out of control”.care-home-NHS-Half a billion pounds to save A&E as NHS in meltdown

The Government is expected to announce half a billion pounds rescue package to save A&E, spread over two years, Health Service Journal has reported, with the money due to go to around 50 hospitals which struggled the most last winter. While the A&E units will welcome the bailout, the move is likely to be controversial, as it will be seen as a “reward for failure” in only giving funding to the hospitals which coped worst last winter. The money will come from underspends within the Department of Health’s central budget.

The British Medical Association said it was a sign that austerity had failed. Prime Minister David Cameron accepted it was a “short-term measure” and that more needed to be done to improve A&E. The money – which will come from existing budgets – will be deployed in A&E units and linked community services, such as pharmacies. It comes after MPs said “confusing” and “contradictory” information relating to NHS crisis plans raised questions about whether the service would be in a position to cope better next winter.

Just like the title said, half a billion pounds to save A&E as NHS in meltdown.

Obama ex-advisor calls on coalition government to revitalise NHS

Barack Obama’s former health advisor has called on UK Government officials to lead change within the NHS, restoring it to its former glory and ensuring patient safety and high standards of care.

care-home-corridor-Obama ex-advisor calls on coalition government to revitalise NHSProfessor Don Berwick, a self-professed “great admirer of the NHS” being asked by Prime Minister David Cameron  to carry out a review of the health service in the wake of the Francis Inquiry earlier this year, which found appalling neglect at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between 2005 and 2009. As part of the report, Professor Berwick wrote an open letter to Government officials and health bosses, outlining the issues such as “partial loss of focus on quality and safety as primary aims, inadequate openness to the voices of patients and carers, insufficient skills in safety and improvement”, and suggesting how they can lead change.

After publishing the paper, Professor Berwick said: “I am a great admirer of the NHS – it has been, and still is, very respected around the world. This report is one of a number of recent reports that, taken together, provide the NHS with a real opportunity to deliver the safest healthcare in the world. In any organisation, mistakes will happen and problems will arise, but we shouldn’t accept harm to patients as inevitable. By introducing an even more transparent culture, one where mistakes are learnt from, where the wonderful staff of the NHS are support to learn and grow in their capacity to improve the NHS, and patients are always put first, the NHS will see real and lasting change.”

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who last month promised to tackled “mediocrity” in the NHS following Sir Bruce Keogh’s review of 14 NHS hospitals with high mortality rates, has praised Professor Berwick’s report and pledged to support NHS staff, helping them to become world leaders of patient safety. He said: “For too long, patient safety and compassionate care have been secondary concerns in parts of the NHS and this has to change. I want to get to a point where every patient has confidence that their care will be safe and where every member of NHS staff feels supported to make safe, high quality care the priority.

George McNamara, head of policy and public affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society, agrees with the recommendations and hopes they are extended to ensure the safety of dementia patients in hospitals. He said: “We shouldn’t need a report to tell us that safety and quality care should be at the heart of the NHS, but as Don Berwick shows, too often they are being bypassed. For too long vulnerable older people have been the hardest hit by a lack of accountability and poor standards in the system. This needs to change sooner rather than later. A quarter of hospital beds are occupied by someone with dementia and we know they are often staying in hospital too long and coming out worse. We need to see these proposals turned into action and a step change in the way patients, including those with dementia, are treated.”