Customer Services - 01371 851802
Your basket is empty
Select Delivery Region:
Four Seasons 2

Search

  • Funding cuts “displace” dementia-friendly housing as a priority

    Funding cuts “displace” dementia-friendly housing as a priority

    28.06.17 A leading dementia specialist in the housing field has sounded a rather sombre note about progress in the development of dementia-friendly housing. Despite what she said were examples of good practice Sue Garwood, who is leaving her post as dementia lead at the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN), suggested that dementia was no longer a priority in the housing sector. “Cuts to funding and welfare reform appear to have displaced dementia as a priority amongst industry bodies and housing providers, while at the coal face, integrated working and inclusion of the housing sector is still an uphill battle, despite examples of good practice,” Garwood said in a blog on the Housing LIN website. The Housing LIN is the main network of housing, health and social care professionals in England and Wales. See HERE for the blog.

    Read More

  • People with dementia team up to launch “Three Nations” campaign group

    People with dementia team up to launch “Three Nations” campaign group

    28.06.17 A group of people with dementia have joined forces to help improve the lives of everyone living with the condition across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Three Nations Dementia Working Group hopes to raise awareness, reduce stigma, influence public policy and become a collective voice for people with dementia. It will be modelled on the Scottish Dementia Working Group, which is an independent voice of people with dementia funded by Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish government. Following the launch of the Three Nations DWG at the Alzheimer’s Society conference in May members are developing a website and ways for people to be involved. Group member Wendy Mitchell, who has young-onset dementia, said: “We have lagged behind Scotland in the creation of this group for so long that I'm glad to be part of it and hope to encourage others to become involved.” Anyone interested in joining should enquire at yoursay@alzheimers.org.uk

    Read More

  • E-Newsletter 23 June 2017

    E-Newsletter 23 June 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

    Read More

  • E-Newsletter 16 June 2017

    E-Newsletter 16 June 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

    Read More

  • Brexit Health Alliance to protect sector interests as talks start

    Brexit Health Alliance to protect sector interests as talks start

    22.06.17 Leading health bodies have joined forces to form a “Brexit Health Alliance” to protect the interests of the sector as negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU get underway. Launched last week at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool, the Alliance will be the voice of the health sector on several key issues. It was announced as concerns rise about the position tens of thousands of EU care workers. The Alliance will seek to ensure concerns such as healthcare research, and UK citizens’ right to receive healthcare in EU countries, are given the prominence and attention they deserve in Brexit negotiations. Commenting on the launch of the Brexit Health Alliance, NHS Providers policy director Saffron Cordery said: “The NHS is a great driver of healthcare research and the life sciences industry. It has had a leading role in developing and adopting new technologies to improve care for patients. It is vital that we continue to support these priorities as

    Read More

  • Podiatry award winner explores links between foot pain and behaviour

    Podiatry award winner explores links between foot pain and behaviour

    21.06.17 Links between behaviour that challenges and pain from swollen feet will be explored in a new project by the winner of this year’s Cosyfeet Podiatry Award. Ying Peng, a qualified podiatrist and final year student at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, plans to use the £1,000 award to help fund her podiatry work with dementia patients who display behaviour that challenges. Ying, who says there has been little focus on how podiatry needs can be met in dementia care, plans to volunteer in a NHS dementia unit to see how the situation can be redressed. She will treat up to 60 patients over a six-week period, liaising with nursing staff and families about how best to provide ongoing foot care. Cosyfeet claims to be the first British company to make shoes for people with swollen feet. For more information email prof@cosyfeet.co.uk

    Read More

  • Improved “advance decision” form simplifies refusal of treatment

    Improved “advance decision” form simplifies refusal of treatment

    20.06.17 The charity Compassion in Dying has made it simpler for people to state their future wishes for care and treatment with a new and improved “advance decision” form. Advance decisions to refuse life sustaining care and treatment are legally binding under the Mental Capacity Act where people have lost the capacity to communicate those decisions themselves. Four-fifths of people have strong feelings about their future treatment and care but only 4% record their wishes in a legally binding way, Compassion in Dying says.
    “Our new and improved advance decision form should relieve many people’s worries about the process being costly, long or complex. It has been produced with the user at the very heart and we have gone to great lengths to ensure it works from a medical and legal standpoint too.” The form can be found here

    Read More

  • Alzheimer’s Society boss calls time on dementia “financial punishment”

    Alzheimer’s Society boss calls time on dementia “financial punishment”

    19.06.17 Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes told JDC that people with dementia were “at the mercy of a social care system on its knees” and said the government must consider innovative, long-term approaches to funding that addressed the true cost of dementia care. In a post-election comment he said that a dementia diagnosis brought a “financial punishment” while the NHS provided heart disease and cancer treatment for free. “The debate around social care reform has been far too narrow and restricted to the confines of party politics,” Hughes said. “The new government must finish the job started on the campaign trail, but this time get it right, by listening to people with dementia and their carers. They must consider innovative long term approaches that actually address the true cost of dementia care, including access to and quality of support. The electorate has shown that it has united against dementia, and the public will not let this issue be ignored any longer.”

    Read More

  • “Dementia tax” in doubt as social care funding thrown into turmoil

    “Dementia tax” in doubt as social care funding thrown into turmoil

    19.06.17 A long-term solution to the social care funding crisis seemed further away than ever last week as the government looked set to scrap the controversial “dementia tax” inserted into the Conservative election manifesto at the last minute. Cabinet minister David Davis admitted that sections of the manifesto would have to be “pruned away” because of the government’s weak position after the election. The BBC reported that health secretary Jeremy Hunt only saw the manifesto proposal, in which older people would have had to pay for their home care through the sale of their assets above £100,000, less than 24 hours before it was launched. It had been due to be part of a government “green paper” discussion document on the future of social care funding previously promised for the autumn. Chris Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund think tank, said the fate of the manifesto proposal for social care was in doubt.

    Read More

  • Right of people with dementia to make decisions “systematically undermined”

    Right of people with dementia to make decisions “systematically undermined”

    14.06.17 A new report, “Supported Decision-making: Learning from Australia”, by Jan Killeen, a former director of public policy for Alzheimer Scotland, calls for radical reforms across the UK which recognise the fundamental right of adults with cognitive impairments to be supported to make their own decisions. The report draws on observations from a six-week research trip which Killeen conducted in Australia and which was enabled by a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship Award. The report can be found HERE

    Read More