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  • Judge dashes local authority hopes of funding for DoLS

    Judge dashes local authority hopes of funding for DoLS

    23.05.17 Councils’ hopes of further funding from the government to clear the backlog of deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) applications have been dealt another blow in the high court.
    Four councils – Liverpool, Nottinghamshire, Richmond and Shropshire - lost their fight in the high court against the government when Mr Justice Garnham rejected their argument that health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s failure to provide adequate funding created an “unacceptable risk of illegality.” According to the Community Care website, the judge said the evidence submitted “did not come close” to proving that any of the councils were unable to meet the costs of performing their DoLS duties.

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  • “We” statements champion rights and mark Dementia Awareness Week

    “We” statements champion rights and mark Dementia Awareness Week

    22.05.17 To mark Dementia Awareness Week last week a new set of Dementia Statements have been published by the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and Alzheimer’s Society, replacing the original “I” statements and championing the rights of people living with dementia.
    The five revised statements are now “We” statements, for example, “We have the right to be recognised as who we are, to make choices about our lives including taking risks, and to contribute to society.” The DAA said the new statements had been developed with people living with dementia, adding: “Grounded in human rights law, they are a rallying call to all of us to improve the lives of people with dementia and to recognise that they shouldn’t be treated differently because of their diagnosis.” The DAA/Alzheimer’s Society initiative was part of a busy week of activities and events to mark Dementia Awareness Week (DAW).

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  • E-Newsletter 12 May 2017

    E-Newsletter 12 May 2017

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. In this Weekly Newsletter I am taking some of the best stories from the 24-hour newsfeed and adding some of my own. It is an editor’s selection that I hope you will enjoy.

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  • Abbeyfield brings in thought-leaders to mark Dementia Awareness Week

    Abbeyfield brings in thought-leaders to mark Dementia Awareness Week

    Ahead of Dementia Awareness Week, older people’s housing and care charity Abbeyfield’s head of dementia innovation April Dobson reveals why supporting people living with dementia is significant to her

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  • Four Seasons collaboration to launch dementia activity products

    Four Seasons collaboration to launch dementia activity products

    19.05.17 Care homes provider Four Seasons has teamed up with activity products specialist Active Minds to develop a new range of products, in addition to which a full suite of the existing activity products will be introduced in more than 300 of the company’s care homes. The idea is to monitor how this improves the day-to-day experience of people with dementia. The products, designed for people with dementia, will be brought into Four Seasons’ Dementia Care Framework homes and will include arts activities, puzzles and games, reminiscence activities, sensory products and exercise activities.

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  • Bristol dementia service seeks Somali practitioner for video

    Bristol dementia service seeks Somali practitioner for video

    18.05.17 A Somali speaking nurse or doctor is being sought by Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service to take part in a video for the city’s Somali community. The service is working with black and minority ethnic communities across the city to produce a series of videos about dementia and the services currently available. Each of the videos will include short interviews with members of the community, as well as health professionals with dementia expertise, and will be recorded in the spoken language of the community. The filming is taking place this month and next and all travel expenses will be paid. If you are a Somali speaking GP, nurse or doctor with working experience of dementia and would like to know more about this project, please get in touch with Trish Caverly, Dementia Wellbeing Service community development coordinator, at trish.caverly@nhs.net

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  • Sharp increase in hospital discharge delays due to social care

    Sharp increase in hospital discharge delays due to social care

    17.05.17 New NHS figures on delayed discharges from hospital indicate that delays due to social care have rocketed by nearly a third. In March, the number of hospital beds occupied unnecessarily by people medically ready to be discharged increased by 31% due to social care from the same time last year and by 197% from the same point in 2011, according to the GMB union. Overall, delayed discharges were up 17% compared with last year. Rehana Azam, GMB national secretary, said all political parties must show how to turn the NHS around in their manifestos. “These shocking new figures show that health and social care is not on the brink – it is already beyond the point of crisis,” Azam said. “Missed targets, pay cuts, valued staff fleeing in droves, hospitals on black alert – they’re all telling us the same thing: our NHS is chronically underfunded and cannot cope.”

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  • British Gas trains 10,000 employees to support customers with dementia

    British Gas trains 10,000 employees to support customers with dementia

    16.05.17 More than 10,000 British Gas employees – a third of its workforce – have received bespoke training to support customers with dementia, in a move the company said was to mark Dementia Awareness Week next week. British Gas serves 10 million homes and estimates that at least 100,000 of its customers live alone in their own homes with dementia. British Gas made the commitment to become a fully dementia-friendly organisation in January last year and partnered with Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland to create a bespoke version of the Dementia Friends scheme for its employees. Company team leaders, supervisors, and more than 50 Dementia Champions are rolling out the training directly to staff across more than 15 sites.

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  • New government must address growing concerns about NHS workforce

    New government must address growing concerns about NHS workforce

    15.05.17 The government elected to power on June 8 must address the rapidly growing concerns about the NHS workforce as pay restraint, Brexit and the lack of a workforce strategy are all taking their toll, says NHS Providers, which represents hospital trusts. It says the new government must ensure that the investment in social care promised in the March Budget is used to ease pressure on the NHS and is coupled with a sustainable long term funding solution. Support is also needed, NHS Providers says, for new ways of working and closer collaboration between health and social care so more people can be treated and supported closer to home. It calls on the new government to establish the long-term funding needs of the NHS to ensure it can meet the increasing demands of an ageing population, as more baby boomers move into their seventies after 2020.

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  • “Astronomical dementia costs” confront future generations

    “Astronomical dementia costs” confront future generations

    15.05.17 On the eve of Dementia Awareness Week Alzheimer’s Society published figures warning of the “astronomical dementia costs” confronting future generations. Nearly half (47%) of UK residents questioned said they had not started saving for the care they might eventually need. Yet the typical person’s bill for dementia social care would take 125 years to save for, the Society said. “The [dementia care] bill will topple 'generation rent', who have fewer assets than previous generations, and are at higher risk of developing dementia as people continue to live longer.” Alzheimer’s Society said. Alzheimer’s Society has published, “Turning Up the Volume: Unheard Voices of People with Dementia,” available HERE

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