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  • Dementia support workers in GP surgeries

    Dementia support workers in GP surgeries

    01.11.18 A university study aims to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their carers by investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries. Led by Plymouth University, the study aims to develop a person-centred package of care which involves linking up the support worker with the rest of the patient’s clinical team. It is hoped that the £2.7 million programme, funded by the National Institute for Health Research and running over five years, will lead to changes which prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and promote mental and physical wellbeing. The intention is to avoid the kind of scenario in which, as a survey by Alzheimer’s highlighted, 54% of carers reported that a hospital stay had a significant impact on dementia symptoms in a loved one, such as becoming more confused and less independent.

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  • Grants to strengthen rights in care homes

    Grants to strengthen rights in care homes

    31.10.18 Some Scottish care homes will benefit from a new grant scheme from the Life Changes Trust, which aims to ensure that the rights of residents with dementia are recognised and respected. Total funding from the Trust is £135,000 and care homes will be able to use it to demonstrate how they support residents to have a genuine say in their own day to day lives. Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, said: “While there are undoubted challenges of resourcing the sector and recruiting workers, this is also a time when the human rights of residents, workers and families are increasingly being recognised as lying at the heart of all care. Dementia can be a frightening condition, with loss at its heart – loss of identity, loss of confidence, loss of relationships – and it can be all too easy for an individual to lose their sense of being in control, of being able to make choices, of exercising their own human rights.”

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  • Armchair Gallery app helps people with dementia enjoy the arts

    Armchair Gallery app helps people with dementia enjoy the arts

    30.10.18 A new smartphone app called Armchair Gallery has been billed as a chance for people with dementia to enjoy great art and culture. According to the developers, the free app allows them to view art and exhibits from seven world-class arts and heritage venues, as well access instructions for creative activities. City Arts (Nottingham) created the app, where programme director Kate Duncan said: “Over four years, we’ve collaborated with hundreds of older people, care staff, artists and cultural venues. We are delighted to be able to share what we have learned with everyone.” Chris Connell, who has young onset dementia, said that he had used the app as part of his memories group. “We all experience dementia differently and the app is brilliant because it lets people take part at a range of different levels. I’ve been inspired by artworks I wouldn’t otherwise be able to enjoy.” The app can now be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

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  • People with young onset dementia “should have access to local experts”

    People with young onset dementia “should have access to local experts”

    29.10.18 The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) says in a new report that younger people presenting with suspected dementia should have access to a specialist team with the necessary expertise to make a diagnosis and address their needs. Among the recommendations and key messages in the report, “Young-onset dementia in mental health services”, is that NHS trusts should ensure that there is a named local clinical lead for young onset dementia (YOD) and that patients have access to a full range of multidisciplinary professionals who have the training and expertise to meet their specific needs. In their foreword to the report, RCPsych president Wendy Burn and colleagues say that attention to YOD has lagged behind dementia as a whole. Click HERE for the report.

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  • E-Newsletter  26 Oct 2018

    E-Newsletter 26 Oct 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include a new Armchair Gallery app, a new report from the Royal College of Pyschiatrists and resident rights in Scottish care homes. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • “Cameos of Care Homes” resources show new models of care

    “Cameos of Care Homes” resources show new models of care

    26.10.18 New approaches to care in care homes, pioneered in six “vanguard” areas as part of the NHS New Care Models Programme, are being highlighted in a series of resources called “Cameos of Care Homes”. There is a 20 minute film, a booklet, a PowerPoint and a three minute teaser in which staff from two of the vanguard care homes reflect on their experiences and the expertise they have developed. Learning from the New Care Models Programme is now being rolled out nationally. click HERE here for the blog describing and giving links for the Cameos of Care Homes project, carried out by King’s College London with funding from NHS England

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  • Call for national strategy as incidence of dementia in prisons increases

    Call for national strategy as incidence of dementia in prisons increases

    25.10.18 A report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the CQC calls for a national strategy to provide social care for rising numbers of elderly and frail prisoners, not least as a response to the increasing incidence of dementia in jails. Sally Copley, Alzheimer’s Society director of policy, said that prisons were “not fit for purpose” for people with dementia. “The number of over-50s in prisons has already increased by 150% since 2002, and more and more will be developing dementia every year,” Copley said. “But the healthcare staff we spoke to in three different prisons told us they don’t feel adequately trained to assess and support prisoners with dementia and find it difficult to distinguish between the effects of alcohol and substance abuse and dementia symptoms. Click HERE for the HM Inspectorate/CQC report

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  • E-Newsletter 19 Oct 2018

    E-Newsletter 19 Oct 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include a flagship dementia carers centre, social prescribing and dementia in prisons. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • BBC launches Music Memories website for people with dementia

    BBC launches Music Memories website for people with dementia

    12.10.18 A new BBC music website aims to connect people with dementia to the songs they love amid concerns that only 5% of care homes provide good quality music provision for their residents. It is hoped that the new Music Memories website will eventually have a database of music which can trigger memories in a wide variety of people living with the condition. According to International Longevity Centre research the quantity of music therapy and other music provision for residents amounts to 30 seconds a week per person with dementia, which is one of the reasons why charity Playlist for Life has collaborated with the BBC on the new website. It currently offers more than 1,800 songs, classical works and TV theme tunes from the last 100 years, enabling listeners to create playlists of favourites which can then be shared. Music Memories can be found at https://musicmemories.bbcrewind.co.uk.

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  • Major website redesign for Hawker

    Major website redesign for Hawker

    11.10.18 A completely redesigned and renewed website www.careinfo.org has been launched by Hawker Publications, publishers of the Journal of Dementia Care and Caring Times, including a new recruitment section. It offers a bright, attractive mini-portal into the many publishing activities Hawker offers its readers, conference visitors and business partners. Hawker Publications chief executive Richard Hawkins commented: “Many of social care’s biggest and most loved awards and events, such as the National Dementia Care Awards and the National Care Awards, and Europe’s largest annual dementia conference, the UK Dementia Congress are displayed in an-easy-to-use, pleasing way as well, of course, as the much valued Journal of Dementia Care. In addition, we have responded to the biggest current challenge in social care – recruitment and retention of staff – by introducing a completely new section devoted exclusively to these issues. We would particularly value readers sending in positive stori

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