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  • Consultant gives 'real reasons' for rise in hospital admissions

    Consultant gives 'real reasons' for rise in hospital admissions

    08.10.19 Is the crisis in social care responsible for the sharp rise in hospital admissions for people with dementia? The Daily Mail recently reported that the figure had reached 1,000 admissions every day, with commentary from Alzheimer’s Society blaming social care cuts. But David Oliver, a consultant writing for BMJ online, reckons the high numbers are to do with the fact that dementia is better recognised and recorded. “Back in 2009 Sampson and colleagues showed that 42% of people over 70 admitted to hospital had dementia, and around half had no prior diagnosis...” Oliver writes. “Secondly, since 2012 the NHS in England has had a national payment incentive to ensure that hospitals identify people with dementia and code the cases. This may partly account for a rise in admissions far higher than the increase in community cases might lead us to expect.”

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  • Tourism organisations to make resorts dementia-friendly

    Tourism organisations to make resorts dementia-friendly

    07.10.19 VisitScotland and VisitEngland have joined forces to launch a practical guide for businesses called “Dementia-friendly tourism”. The guide will offer top tips to tourist hotspots on making themselves more dementia-friendly by raising employee awareness and understanding of how physical environments and facilities in hotels and other businesses can be made more accessible. Setting out the benefits to be gained from catering for this market, the guide shows tourism businesses that the necessary changes are often simple and inexpensive.

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  • E-Newsletter -  4 Oct 2019

    E-Newsletter - 4 Oct 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include dementia friendly holiday resorts, a new reminiscence app and reports on hospital admissions. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Worcester launches distance learning postgrad dementia studies course

    Worcester launches distance learning postgrad dementia studies course

    04.10.19 Worcester University’s Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) is launching a distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Studies in January with a closing date for the first intake of 29 November. Course modules cover VIPS, leadership, expert practice in restraint-free care, advanced dementia, enabling environments, empowering engagement and family perspectives. “Our motivation for doing this is to provide leaders in the field with the most accessible and flexible programme so that they can be confident that they are working from the most up-do-date evidence base,” said ADS director Professor Dawn Brooker.

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  • More hospital wards revamped to 'dementia-friendly'

    More hospital wards revamped to 'dementia-friendly'

    03.10.19 Hospitals across the country have been revamping their dementia ward décor to bring it into line with expectations in the NHS Long Term Plan that caring for people with dementia will be a key priority. According to NHS England, wards are being redecorated to include things like a “memories pub”, a 1950s-style reminiscence room and a cinema booth where patients can watch old films. Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia, described the ward refurbishments as “hugely effective” and said they could have enormous benefits for patients. NHS England highlighted Airedale Hospital in West Yorkshire, where patients can “relax in a ‘butterfly tearoom’ complete with shop front wall mural and vintage memorabilia including a red telephone box.”

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  • Musical Map for Dementia will help 'transform lives'

    Musical Map for Dementia will help 'transform lives'

    02.10.19 A Musical Map for Dementia will highlight dementia-friendly musical activities and services, as part of a campaign to extend “the power of music in helping transform people’s lives.” The Music for Dementia 2020 campaign, funded by the Utley Foundation, launched the map on BBC Music Day practitioners working with music to submit their details for the map. Grace Meadows, programme director at Music for Dementia 2020 and a senior music therapist, said music was a “necessity” for people with dementia. Find out more at www.musicfordementia2020.com.

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  • Purple Alert app marks World Alzheimer's Day with 10,000 downloads

    Purple Alert app marks World Alzheimer's Day with 10,000 downloads

    01.10.19 A free smartphone app called Purple Alert marked World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September by reaching 10,000 downloads just two years after it was launched. It is intended to help find a person with dementia if they go missing and was designed by Alzheimer Scotland along with people with dementia, family carers, Police Scotland and the health and social care sector. The app works by sharing key information about the missing person and has so far assisted with 13 searches, in all of which the person has been found safe and well within four hours.

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  • What will Labour's social care plans mean for private sector providers?

    What will Labour's social care plans mean for private sector providers?

    30.09.19 Among Labour’s plans announced at its annual conference last week is to “support local authorities to directly provide rather than outsource care,” raising questions about the role of private providers including care homes. According to the Guardian’s social care commentator David Brindle, the party’s new policy document “Towards the National Care Service” talks of “rebuilding local authority capacity to deliver care” and enabling councils “to take over existing homes where they are failing or where it would benefit efficient and effective operation of the services.” Some voices in Labour have called for “nationalisation” of social care, although this is not official policy.

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  • E-Newsletter - 27 Sept 2019

    E-Newsletter - 27 Sept 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include a Musical Map for Dementia, hospital wards and what Labour's social care plans mean for private sector providers. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Leeds Beckett partners Avery on management training

    Leeds Beckett partners Avery on management training

    21.09.19 Care homes company Avery Healthcare is working with Leeds Beckett University on a bespoke leadership and management training programme for its home and regional managers. It is part of the company’s ReConnect Dementia Care Strategy to ensure all staff have the knowledge and skills to provide dementia care to a high standard. Jo Crossland, Avery’s head of dementia care, said that the new programme would use a “blended learning approach,” comprising face-to-face study days led by university academics, in-house workshops and individual support for managers. “Although much of our dementia training pathway is delivered by experienced practitioners within our organisation, we recognised that, to ensure that our home managers are equipped with the most contemporary knowledge in advanced dementia leadership, we needed to draw on further expertise,” she said.

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