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  • NCF survey shows majority believe care workers are undervalued

    NCF survey shows majority believe care workers are undervalued

    16.09.20 Most adults in England believe that care workers are undervalued and underpaid, a survey of 1,500 people commissioned by the National Care Forum (NCF) suggests. The survey, conducted independently by Information by Design, found that 81% believed care workers are undervalued and 80% thought they should be better paid. Three quarters (74%) said care home workers do a brilliant job. Released as part of NCF’s Here to Care campaign to mark Professional Care Workers Week last week, the results appear to reflect widespread public recognition of the work care staff have done during the pandemic.

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  • Drive to prevent older patients from taking unnecessary medication

    Drive to prevent older patients from taking unnecessary medication

    15.09.20 A £2.4 million initiative led by a University of East Anglia (UEA) research team aims to clamp down on “risky” medicines, prescribed to older people but which over time have come to have more risks than benefits. According to UEA, half of older people admitted to hospital have been prescribed such medicines, which can lead to unpleasant side effects. Research published by the university last week suggested a new approach that could result in more of these medicines being deprescribed while the patient is in hospital.

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  • GMB union launches Care Full Pay campaign

    GMB union launches Care Full Pay campaign

    14.09.20 Most social care staff who fall ill will have no alternative but to carry on working and should instead be given full sick pay, the GMB union has said. It said a survey of 1,000 care staff had shown 81% of respondents would be forced into work if they became ill and had to rely on statutory sick pay (SSP). And 80% would be forced to borrow from friends and family or take on more debt to make ends meet, the survey indicated. The findings provide the rationale for the GMB’s new Care Full Pay campaign, calling on providers and the government to ensure full sick pay is introduced for care staff. “The issue is this - workers in a healthcare setting on statutory sick pay is an infection control risk,” said GMB national officer Rachel Harrison. “Most social care staff simply cannot afford to be sick under the current SSP arrangements. They are being presented with a terrible choice and getting penalised with poverty sick pay just for doing the right thing. "

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  • Deal on see-through face masks

    Deal on see-through face masks

    11.09.20 Clear face masks are being delivered to frontline NHS and social care workers, according to the Department of Health and Social Care, to help them communicate with people with dementia among others. Care minister Helen Whately said 250,000 of the see-through masks would reach the front line over the next few weeks to help care for people who use lip reading and facial expressions to communicate. The masks have an anti-fogging barrier to ensure care staff’s faces are always visible. Social care providers will have access to the masks through a new pilot system with local resilience forums, the government said. A deal has been struck by the government with the US company ClearMask for the new supplies.

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  • E-Newsletter - 11 Sept 2020
  • Nominate top 10 favourite songs

    Nominate top 10 favourite songs

    08.09.20 Care homes are invited to nominate their “Top 10 Favourite Songs” for a new dementia-friendly radio station. M4d Radio is a new venture by the charity Music for Dementia and it wants to play a Top of the Pops-style playlist drawn from nominations made by its care home listeners. It is for M4d’s “Mix” station, which plays music from the 1930s to the 1970s. One tip for care homes is to run an activity or reminiscence session asking everyone what song they would choose and then create a shortlist of 3-5 top tunes. More info here. Closing date is Sunday 13 September.

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  • Basic human rights ignored says study

    Basic human rights ignored says study

    07.09.20 The basic human rights of people with dementia may have been compromised during the pandemic, researchers have said, with “extremely high death rates” among older people with the condition. In a global impact study, put together by researchers from the LSE and UCL, data on Covid-19 mortality in people with dementia ranged from 66% of all deaths in Canada and 26% in the UK to 19% in Italy. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) said a global effort was needed to create an action plan for protecting people with dementia from the “worst ravages” of coronavirus. Data from the LSE/UCL report suggest that up to 75% of Covid-19 deaths in care facilities across the world have involved dementia as an underlying condition. “People with dementia are being disproportionately impacted by this pandemic and are in danger of being forgotten. Now more than ever we need to talk about dementia,” said ADI chief executive Paola Barbarino.

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  • E-Newsletter - 4 Sept 2020

    E-Newsletter - 4 Sept 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include a judicial review of visiting restrictions to care homes, a study exploring high Covid-19 death rates of people with dementia and a call to nominate top 10 favourite songs for a dementia friendly radio station. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Charity seeks Judicial Review on care home visit guidance

    Charity seeks Judicial Review on care home visit guidance

    03.09.20 A dementia charity is seeking a judicial review of the government guidance on care home visits, saying that many care homes in England are still refusing regular face-to-face visits, often essential for people with severe dementia. John's Campaign co-founder Julia Jones, whose mother June spent the last two-and-a-half years of her life in a care home, said: "We know we're speaking for thousands who are experiencing extraordinary bewilderment and anguish. We can only hope that the government will waste no more of these people's precious time and will give clear direction and the necessary support for their needs and wishes to be respected." John’s Campaign have also said that this is not an attack on care homes, stating that they are too often victims themselves, but is criticism of poor government.

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  • Volunteers urged to contribute to NAPA choir

    Volunteers urged to contribute to NAPA choir

    04.09.20 The NAPA Activity Awards 2020, which will take place online on 2 October, will feature a special performance from the NAPA Choir. A specially formed ensemble will perform during the awards ceremony and will include the voices of care providers, professionals and the people they support. NAPA (National Activity Providers Association) said it would be an “uplifting collective acknowledgement of all we have experienced during this difficult time.” Individual volunteers and groups are asked to record themselves singing “We are the Champions”, using lyrics and a backing track supplied by NAPA, and send the recording to by 5pm on 6 September.

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