Number of deaths at home has risen by 50% during coronavirus crisis amid fears that elderly and vulnerable patients are leaving only with potentially treatable diseases
- The number of Britons dying at home has risen by 51 per cent since the crisis began
- Yesterday, 616 Covid-19 patients died in the UK and took the official toll to 18,783
- However, growing concerns are that patients die at home from other diseases
- Here you can help people who are not affected by Covid-19
The number of Britons dying at home has risen by 51 percent since the crisis began.
This rise adds to fears that elderly and vulnerable patients, many dependent on home care, will not seek help and then die only with potentially treatable diseases.
The toll of & # 39; virus in hospitals is now decreasing. Yesterday, 616 patients died, up from a height of 980 and took the official toll to 18,783.
Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said Britain had reached a "plateau," a little but not downhill, "and added:" I would expect this to continue for a few weeks and we will then see a decline. We are very much in the right direction. & # 39;
While the UK is grappling with the pandemic coronavirus, a rise in British deaths at home has added to fears that elderly and vulnerable patients will not seek help and then die alone. Yesterday, 616 patients died from the virus down from a height of 980
But there is growing concern that patients die from other diseases at home or in nursing homes.
Just told the Mail how thousands of heart attack victims and stroke wait at least two hours for 20 minutes on an ambulance.
And more than a million home care visits have been canceled, meaning the most vulnerable people are at risk of falling victim to other circumstances.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of weekly deaths at home increased by 51 percent – an additional 1,392 deaths – over the four weeks to April 10.
Just 466 deaths were directly linked to coronavirus, although some people may have caught it, but they did not include it on their death certificate.
Experts have warned of a rise in people dying from other conditions outside hospitals. Cambridge University professor David Spiegelhalter said: "People who do not have Covid will not go to the hospital. Participation in A&E has dropped enormously.
& # 39; People are very reluctant to go to the hospital. This is collateral damage of the process we are going through. & # 39;
There are 400,000 people in nursing homes in the UK and 810,000 more relying on home care. Many have health issues that are often overlooked.
But thousands of visits from caregivers were canceled during the lockdown, leaving family and friends to leave.
A survey of nearly 5,000 unpaid caregivers by Carers UK shows that they perform an average of 10 hours more work per week to help loved ones with personal care, practical tasks and emotional support.
Almost nine in ten say they worry about who will take it if they have to isolate themselves or get sick.
Helen Walker, head of Carers UK, said: & # 39; Unpaid caregivers are battling the same battle as care staff and many of our NHS workers. Yet they do it behind closed doors.
& # 39; Unlike our fantastic workers in & # 39; e frontline, they are unable to exclude their care responsibilities. Many are overwhelmed and incredibly fearful about how they will manage.
& # 39; Unpaid caretakers are just as essential in & # 39; a national effort to keep vulnerable people safe, yet many are afraid that continued care around the clock will cause them to burn out.
& # 39; Caregivers tell us that they feel ignored and invisible in this epidemic. The government must ensure that their physical and emotional well-being is supported at this challenging time and monitor the impact of & # 39; the decline in health care services. & # 39;
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