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  • JDC Asks...

    JDC Asks...

    The ‘JDC asks’ column invites a varied and interesting line-up of contributors to consider topical issues. For the March/April 2020 issue we asked:

    Kate Lee takes over from Jeremy Hughes as Alzheimer's Society CEO. What should be top of her "to do" list?

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News Update

  • Government tries to reassure as PPE shortage hits social care

    Government tries to reassure as PPE shortage hits social care

    08.04.20 Government officials have tried to reassure the care sector amid reports that personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies intended to protect staff and residents in care homes were being requisitioned by the NHS for use in hospitals. Chronic shortages of masks, gloves and googles meant that care homes were increasingly reluctant to take in new residents, the Guardian newspaper claimed, and that government targets to discharge older people from hospital were unlikely to be met. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has sought to allay concerns about the supply of PPE for social care staff looking after people with Covid-19. In a letter to health and social care providers, the DHSC said it was addressing capacity constraints in the system by setting up a parallel supply chain “to improve the speed and reliability of delivery for these items.”

  • Anxiety grows about how dementia will be seen in critical care decisions

    Anxiety grows about how dementia will be seen in critical care decisions

    07.04.20 As the need for critical care beds grows, there is mounting anxiety that people who would ordinarily be allocated a bed may not get it because of their dementia. Alzheimer’s Society said it had been “inundated” with calls about COVID-19, often from people worried that if they went into hospital they would not receive the right care. In particular, there were fears that the clinical frailty score system, under which those who are especially frail can be denied critical care, could be misused to deny such care even to someone with mild dementia. “NICE have made it clear to us that no decisions on critical care should be taken using the frailty score in isolation, with decisions purely based on a number,” the Society said. “Instead the most important thing is that clinicians are expected to carry out a holistic assessment that looks at all aspects of the person’s health and wellbeing, not just their dementia or frailty score.”

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  • UK Dementia Congress 2020

    UK Dementia Congress 2020


    10th - 12th November 2020

    Over the last 14 years the multi-disciplinary UK Dementia Congress, organised by the Journal of Dementia Care, has built a reputation as the single event which those working in dementia care do not want to miss. More information HERE.

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