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  • Dementia support guide

    Dementia support guide

    22.06.18 A dementia support guide produced by the Local Government Association (LGA), in partnership with the Dementia Action Alliance, highlights innovative practice by councils in supporting people living with dementia. The LGA said councils had a unique role to play in this support: “As well as providing care and support on a statutory basis, they have a role to lead on prevention and early intervention by promoting good health and wellbeing.” The guide, “Dementia: Post-diagnosis support,” can be found HERE

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  • London Assembly wants YOD in dementia friendly city plans

    London Assembly wants YOD in dementia friendly city plans

    21.06.18 An investigation into young onset dementia (YOD) by the London Assembly Health Committee has recommended that bus operators in the capital implement dementia awareness training and that eligibility for subsidised travel recognises the impact of cognitive impairment. Calling on London mayor Sadiq Khan to include YOD in his plans to make the capital a dementia-friendly city, the committee said there was little awareness of how dementia affected younger people and very little post-diagnostic support for them. It said young people living with dementia needed more support to stay in employment. Health committee chair Onkar Sahota said diagnosis rates and quality of care varied from borough to borough – “but everyone in London should have access to the same level of support,” he said.

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  • Council loneliness initiatives can 'cut rate of emergency admissions'

    Council loneliness initiatives can 'cut rate of emergency admissions'

    20.06.18 Initiatives by individual councils to tackle loneliness have cut the rate of emergency hospital admissions, which in one locality have gone down by as much as 20% as a result, the Local Government Association (LGA) claims. The LGA urged the government to fund more prevention work of this kind in order to alleviate the pressure on NHS and social care services. It called on the government to reverse cuts to public health budgets and plug the adult social care funding gap. One million people aged over 65 often or always felt lonely, the LGA said, which could be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increased the risk of premature death by 26%. More information including case studies HERE

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  • Dementia UK guide for carers of people with cancer and dementia

    Dementia UK guide for carers of people with cancer and dementia

    19.06.18 A guide for carers on cancer and dementia has been produced by Admiral nurse charity Dementia UK. “The main risk factor for both cancer and dementia is age,” the guide begins, before setting out the basics of each condition and going on to talk about treating cancer in someone with dementia. Among the issues raised is that of consent to cancer treatment and the fact that the capacity to do so can be affected by dementia. The guide advises carers on what to do: “If someone is not able to make a decision, health professionals can still give treatment if they believe it is in the person’s best interests,” it says. “But they must try to get advice about the person’s wishes from partners, family or friends.” “Cancer and dementia: A guide for carers” can be found HERE

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  • Plans to reduce long hospital stays

    Plans to reduce long hospital stays

    18.06.18 NHS England has announced plans to reduce long stays in hospital, helping to “free up thousands of hospital beds and ease pressures next winter.” It said the proposal would improve patient care: “Many older people, particularly those who are frail and may have dementia, actually deteriorate while in hospital – a stay of more than 10 days leads to 10 years’ muscle ageing for people most at risk”. Nearly 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in hospital each year, NHS England said, a figure that it aims to reduce by 25% in order to free up more than 4.000 beds for the next winter surge. Hospitals and local authorities had successfully worked on reducing delayed discharges from hospital, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens admitted, but “now they need to go further”.

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  • E-Newsletter 15 June 2018

    E-Newsletter 15 June 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include plans to reduce long stays in hospital, cutting emergency admissions and a new dementia support guide for Councils. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • Information sharing public event

    Information sharing public event

    13.06.18 The University of East Anglia’s Dementia Research Collaborative is hosting a public event on 21 June in which lay people, researchers, educators and clinicians can share experiences and learn more about medical research into dementia. Attendees will be able to ask questions of leading experts from UEA, Manchester University and Alzheimer’s Research UK. Professor Michael Hornberger, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “We are delighted to be hosting a series of events, which create a forum for the general public, people with dementia and their carers to exchange their own experiences and knowledge with leading researchers and clinicians.” The free event takes place from 2 – 5pm in the Julian Study Centre, Ground Floor Foyer and Lecture Theatre, UEA. Email for more information and bookings to

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  • Good staff have 'never been more critical' to high quality care

    Good staff have 'never been more critical' to high quality care

    14.06.18 Recruitment and retention of good staff have “never been more critical” to high quality social care, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said as it launched a new report on driving improvement. The report comprises nine case studies showing how services rated inadequate have fought back to achieve “good” ratings from the CQC. Described as providing an “honest insight” on how it felt to receive the lowest rating, the report shares experiences to explain how the journey of improvement can happen, according to CQC chief inspector Andrea Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe said: “Key lessons we have seen from the case studies include understanding and accepting that problems exist; creating a clear vision to improve and putting that into action; appointing strong leaders who can establish an open and transparent culture where improvement can truly thrive; and focusing on developing a workforce that is valued, well trained and supported to deliver safe, effective person-centred care.”

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  • Event asks why services for YOD aren't more integrated

    Event asks why services for YOD aren't more integrated

    15.06.18 Why are services for people with young onset dementia (YOD) often so lacking in integration? That was one of many questions discussed at a conference organised by Banyan Home Care Services, owner of the Arbory care home in Andover, Hampshire, which is planning a new wing dedicated to YOD. Among the contributors to the conference was the charity Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire) which presented its integrated care pathway from diagnosis to the end of life. “Every step of this pathway has been led by the needs of those accessing services, not the other way around,” said consultant old age psychiatrist Dr Jacqueline Hussey. Shah added: “We are optimistic that this event will be seen as the launchpad to building a new support network in Hampshire, following the success of the model in Berkshire.”

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  • New Welsh older people's commissioner

    New Welsh older people's commissioner

    12.06.18 The new older people’s commissioner for Wales is to be Helena Herklots, currently chief executive of the charity Carers UK. She will take over from Sarah Rochira, who steps down this month at the end of her fixed term in the post. Herklots starts her £90,000 a year role in August, initially on a four year contract, and will be responsible for promoting awareness of the rights and interests of older people in Wales and challenging age discrimination. Huw Irranca-Davies, minister for children, older people and social care, said the new commissioner would be “the voice and champion for older people across Wales, listening to their views and concerns and acting in their best interests.” Herklots said it was a “great honour” to be appointed – “I am looking forward to working with older people across Wales in this vital role to protect and champion older people’s rights,” she said.

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