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  • E-Newsletter 27 Nov

    E-Newsletter 27 Nov

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include the latest on rapid Covid-19 for care homes and home care, and how social care fared in the spending review. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Survey on speech and language therapy

    Survey on speech and language therapy

    04.12.20 The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists wants to find out how the pandemic is affecting the provision of speech and language therapy services and asks those who care for relatives or friends who use these services to complete the survey. The college will use the results to campaign for more services. Link to survey here

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  • Emergency bracelets to identify a missing person with dementia

    Emergency bracelets to identify a missing person with dementia

    03.12.20 Bracelets developed by emergency services in Avon and Somerset will provide essential information on people with dementia who go missing. Worn by the person with dementia the bracelets encode details such as name and next of kin which can be picked up by a special app on a phone held nearby. The wristband was developed by Avon and Somerset Police, the charity Senior Citizen Laison Team and Avon Fire and Rescue Service as part of their Dementia Safeguarding Scheme.

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  • Families to visit care homes for Christmas

    Families to visit care homes for Christmas

    02.12.20 People living in care homes in England will be able to have visits from family and friends by Christmas if the visitors test negative for Covid-19, the government has announced. More than a million coronavirus tests will be sent to care homes over the next month to allow safe indoor visits, two visitors per resident twice a week. Visits will be allowed across all tiers of coronavirus restrictions, except where there is an outbreak in the home. Guidance available here

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  • Home care workers offered weekly tests

    Home care workers offered weekly tests

    01.12.20 Home care workers are now being offered weekly coronavirus tests as the government seeks to expand mass testing. The Department for Health and Social Care said home care providers would be able to start booking tests for their staff online from last Monday. Workers will receive PCR swab tests to do at home every week, helping to identify more asymptomatic cases and protect people with dementia living in their own homes. The government said all registered home care agencies would be contacted with details of how to apply for the tests, but that agencies would then be responsible for ordering and distributing the tests for workers to carry out on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

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  • Testing could increase fourfold

    Testing could increase fourfold

    30.11.20 The National Care Forum (NCF), representing not-for-profit providers, said it was “hugely positive” to see a more supportive approach to care home visiting in the government’s new Covid-19 Winter Plan, but questioned whether the sector had the resources to undertake all the necessary testing. NCF said that the average 50-bed care home would have to quadruple the monthly number of tests it had to carry out, from 450 tests in November to 1,800 tests in December. This would include 800 lateral flow tests for visitors as well as additional tests for residents, it added. NCF commented: “It is not just insulting but dangerous for government to suggest this can be delivered without extra resources and staff. We are already seeing members raising huge concerns and anxieties about how they are expected to deliver this.”

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  • Rapid testing to allow two care home visits weekly

    Rapid testing to allow two care home visits weekly

    27.11.20 PM Boris Johnson said on Monday that rapid Covid-19 testing would allow two visits a week to care home residents from family and friends by the end of the year, as part of the government’s new Covid-19 Winter Plan. These designated “key visitors” will be tested twice a week and are part of a post-lockdown plan which is due to come into effect in the lead-up to Christmas. “After eight harrowing months filled with devastation and tragic loss of life, we’re relieved that the Prime Minister has recognised the importance of family carers allowing up to two visitors per resident, tested twice a week,” said Alzheimer’s Society head of research and influencing Fiona Carragher. “However, we need to keep up momentum with weekly updates on the testing pilot as it mustn’t be used as an excuse to delay national rollout - people shouldn’t have to wait until Christmas.”

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  • Services let down people with young onset dementia

    Services let down people with young onset dementia

    27.11.20 Services for people with young onset dementia (YOD) remain patchy with in many cases little continuity from diagnosis to post-diagnostic support, Professor Jan Oyebode told the UK Dementia Congress held online. Oyebode was reporting on the findings of the Angela Project, a major study of young onset, which found that only 18.1% of people surveyed received a diagnosis in specialist YOD services while 17.1% were diagnosed in older people’s mental health services. “There was a lack of follow-up services. 42% received no follow-up appointment in the first six weeks after diagnosis,” said Oyebode, from Bradford University’s Centre for Applied Dementia Studies. She called for further specialist YOD services to be commissioned.

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  • 20% off JDC subscription for UKDC ticket holders

    20% off JDC subscription for UKDC ticket holders

    26.11.20 UK Dementia Congress 2020 ticket holders can still take advantage of the 20% discount to subscribe to Journal of Dementia Care. Sign up before 30th November via using your special UKDC code. The annual subscription includes: printed editions of The Journal of Dementia Care (JDC), exclusive subscriber rates for future JDC events; access to JDC online and article archive and a weekly JDC e-newsletter.

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  • LGBTQ+ online group speaks out for people with dementia

    LGBTQ+ online group speaks out for people with dementia

    25.11.20 “Speak out with dementia” is a new online group for people who are living with a diagnosis of dementia, and who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer). It will give members the chance to express themselves and support each other in a safe environment where their experiences, their identity and their relationships will be affirmed. Meetings will be held on Zoom. The group is supported by AD Advocacy, with funding from The National Lottery Community Fund Grant, and will be affiliated to the DEEP network. Speak out with dementia meets every week on Tuesdays from 5 – 6pm. More information from Lucy Whitman or Aimee Day at

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