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  • CQC Covid-19 webpage includes statement on advance care plans

    CQC Covid-19 webpage includes statement on advance care plans

    06.04.20 Go to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Coronavirus Information webpage for the latest on the suspension of routine inspections, links relating to personal protective equipment (PPE), and resources relevant to adult social care and health. It includes the joint statement on advance care planning produced by the CQC and other national bodies, which stresses the importance of having a personalised care plan in place, especially for older people and people who are frail or have other serious conditions.
    More information HERE

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  • Links to Covid-19 guidance from major national bodies

    Links to Covid-19 guidance from major national bodies

    03.04.20 More guidance on handling coronavirus has been published by the government and other care sector bodies this week, including on the admission and care of residents during a Covid-19 incident in a care home. This guidance, from the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, CQC and NHS, promises to ensure care homes can continue to care for vulnerable people through the crisis. It spells out a series of national initiatives, including a capacity tracker to report bed vacancies and manage demand, and a pledge to ensure a “longer term supply of all aspects of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care homes and home care providers.” HERE

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  • Dozens of initiatives encourage children to write to residents

    Dozens of initiatives encourage children to write to residents

    03.04.20 Children and young people across the country are being urged to write to care home residents to cheer them up as the usual flow of visitors dries up to a trickle. Among dozens of initiatives are the efforts of Plymouth businessman Sam Bruty, who is running a local campaign for children and families to send drawings to residents and has so far drummed up support for around 40 care homes. “I was seeing more and more care homes going into lockdown and families posting on social media desperate to see their loved ones but physically not being able to,” Bruty told the PlymouthLive website.
    Meanwhile, Royal Star & Garter has launched a “Letters with Love” campaign to encourage young people to send letters, cards and artwork to residents. The veterans’ charity decided to launch the appeal after residents in its Solihull and Surbiton homes said receiving the letters and artwork “brightens up their days”.

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  • Dementia research continues from home

    Dementia research continues from home

    02.04.20 While laboratory research into dementia has ground to a halt during the coronavirus outbreak, research continues from researchers’ own homes, says Professor Bart De Strooper, director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI). He said that he was determined to maintain the DRI’s progress while ensuring the safety of the institute’s 450 researchers. “Despite coronavirus forcing the temporary wind-down of almost all of our lab-based activities, the UK DRI is prepared and equipped to deal with the challenges ahead,” said Professor De Strooper. “We have put everything in place to enable our staff to work from home, moved all of our meetings to the virtual world, and created new resources to enable our teams to continue to work together. Just because we cannot work in the labs does not mean that all research activity stops: our computer-based research continues, with data being analysed, shared and exploited to the full."

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  • Charities appeal for donations as dementia fund-raising suffers

    Charities appeal for donations as dementia fund-raising suffers

    31.03.20 Dementia charities have urgently appealed for donations as they face a massive fall in income due to the pandemic. “When we need our Admiral Nurses the most, we are facing a substantial fall in our fundraising income,” writes Dementia UK chief executive Hilda Hayo on the charity’s website. “Events and activities across the country have been cancelled or postponed. Dementia UK receives no government funding. I am entirely reliant on supporters like you to keep the [Admiral Nurse Dementia] Helpline running.” In the meantime, the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland faces a funding deficit of one million euros thanks to the health emergency. It has had to postpone its annual Tea Day fundraiser, which had been due on 7 May, while its 48 day care centres, social clubs, Alzheimer cafes and support groups have all closed for the duration of the crisis.

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  • GMB Union raises concerns about worker safety and pay

    GMB Union raises concerns about worker safety and pay

    01.04.20 Thousands of care workers are having to work with little or no personal protection equipment (PPE) in the knowledge that if they become ill they will still have to go to work or face survival on £94 a week, the GMB public sector union has said. The GMB has demanded full pay for all social care workers in self-isolation or sick due to COVID-19, as well as making them a priority for PPE. “Our carers are distraught that they have to work with little or no PPE and, horrifyingly, are being told that if a resident tests positive then they cannot return home,” said GMB care lead Kelly Andrews. “GMB is demanding all care providers pay full pay for all staff during this outbreak to allow peace of mind to those vital staff that care for everyone else before themselves.”

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  • Free advice on reducing infection for care homes

    Free advice on reducing infection for care homes

    30.03.20 Gerontologist and DementiAbility Enterprises founder Gail Elliot has published help for care homes to stop the spread of coronavirus. It includes evidence-based information to uphold hand washing in care homes, with posters available for free download on her website. The advice says “We need to create positive associations related to care tasks. When staff support individuals as they wash hands or have a bath the recipient of care needs to feel safe, secure and empowered to do things as independently as possible.” Website HERE

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  • Alzheimer's Society launches coronavirus information page

    Alzheimer's Society launches coronavirus information page

    29.03.20 Alzheimer’s Society has set up a coronavirus information webpage for people affected by dementia, including advice and practical tips for people with the condition and those supporting them - either in the same household or from a distance. It covers activity ideas and support for people living alone. Here is a link to the PAGE

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  • E-Newsletter - 27 Mar 2020

    E-Newsletter - 27 Mar 2020

    These are difficult times and I very much hope you will find my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment helpful. In this Weekly Newsletter, which is part of your subscription to the Journal of Dementia Care, I'm taking some of the best stories from our dementia care newsfeed and adding some of my own “Editor’s Picks”. Ideas and contributions always welcome at

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  • Social distancing advice in community languages

    Social distancing advice in community languages

    25.03.20 Public Health England has now produced information on social distancing in some community languages. For further information see their website here

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