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  • £2.9bn to free up hospital beds but 'suitable support' needed

    £2.9bn to free up hospital beds but 'suitable support' needed

    21.03.20 The government’s coronavirus response for social care involves a £2.9 billion funding package to strengthen care for vulnerable people and free up 15,000 hospital beds. The additional money, part of the £5 billion COVID-19 fund announced last week by chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak, will be divided between local authority social care and the NHS discharge process “so patients who no longer need urgent treatment can return home safely and quickly”. The government said the extra funding would cover “follow-on care costs” to support people discharged from hospital once they were back at home, in care homes or other community settings. Responding to the announcement, Alzheimer’s Society said coronavirus was putting “enormous pressure” on social care and care homes. “We do need to make sure people aren’t discharged without suitable support in place,” said Alzheimer’s Society policy director Sally Copley. There are 200,000 people living with dementia in the community today,

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  • Call to action from the Independent Care Group

    Call to action from the Independent Care Group

    18.03.20 The Independent Care Group (ICG), a representative body for independent care providers, are calling on providers to pull out all the stops as the coronavirus pandemic worsens and has issued a five point plan, including being prepared for and able to assist with an influx of new admissions to free up hospital beds and drawing up a list of volunteers in case staffing levels are hit. The Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “This is a time when all care providers will play their part in managing the coronavirus outbreak and do all they can to support the NHS to free up acute bed capacity and get us through the crisis. Social care already looks after 400,000 people in care and nursing homes – that is three times the number in NHS hospital beds. At the same time, social care looks after a further 640,000 people in their own homes.”

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  • Residential care, supported living and home care guidance

    Residential care, supported living and home care guidance

    17.03.20 Public Health England have issued guidance Guidance for providers of residential care, supported living, and home care, in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.. The guidance sets out how to maintain delivery of care in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19 and what to do if care workers or individuals being cared for have symptoms of COVID-19. Information HERE

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  • E-Newsletter - 16 March 2020

    E-Newsletter - 16 March 2020

    Here is the week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include Coronavirus advice for care homes and other settings, the transfer of 100 Four Seasons care homes and cross party talks on social care funding crisis . It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • More than 100 Four Seasons care homes earmarked for transfer

    More than 100 Four Seasons care homes earmarked for transfer

    17.03.20 Care home company Four Seasons Healthcare announced this week that it will transfer 58 care homes and specialist units to new operators, in addition to the transfer of 44 homes announced in December. “We aim to achieve the orderly migration of these homes and specialist units to new operators as part of our ongoing work around our leasehold estate,” said Allan Hayward, Four Seasons chairman. “Our top priority is to maintain continuity of care for our residents and patients by minimising the impact on them, their families and our colleagues and we are working closely with the regulators, new operators and the landlords to achieve this.” But care sector union GMB described the move as a “care catastrophe”.

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  • Many care homes stay open as concerns raised about visitors

    Many care homes stay open as concerns raised about visitors

    16.03.20 Many care homes remain open to external visitors despite concerns about the impact of coronavirus on vulnerable older people. Barchester Care Homes has asked family members and friends to “minimise” their visits, while Four Seasons said it did not currently intend to close its homes to visitors but had introduced “some restrictions” including cancelling visits from local communities for the foreseeable future. Ryan Moring, manager of the Haven care home in Colchester, told the BBC that the home was taking precautionary measures but was still allowing visitors. "At the moment, every visitor who enters the building we insist they wash and sanitise their hands,” he said. “If they don't wish to do that, we don't let them come in. We have restricted visitors from outside entertainment, singers, exercise classes because those people visit numerous care homes."

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  • Spread of coronavirus may mean 'cocooning' people with dementia

    Spread of coronavirus may mean 'cocooning' people with dementia

    13.03.20 Alzheimer’s Society has said that the coronavirus outbreak could pose a significant risk to people with dementia and has urged the government to prioritise their welfare, while a top government adviser said that people most vulnerable to the virus may need to be “cocooned” to protect them. Dr David Halpern, chief executive of the government’s Behavioural Insights Team, told the BBC: “There’s going to be a point, assuming the epidemic flows and grows as it will do, where you want to cocoon, to protect those at-risk groups so they don’t catch the disease. By the time they come out of their cocooning, herd immunity has been achieved by the rest of the population.” He also suggested that volunteers could be brought into care homes to take the pressure off staff.

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  • Dementia specialist programme driving improvement in Scotland

    Dementia specialist programme driving improvement in Scotland

    13.03.20 NHS Education for Scotland celebrates the success of 121 participants in its Dementia Specialist Improvement Lead (DSIL) programme in a report that gathers together case studies and personal reflections on how the programme has driven improvement in services across the country. The report, “Driving Improvements in Specialist Dementia Care,” reveals how nurses and other professionals have been able to effect change for the better by going through the DSIL programme. ”Describing how the DSIL experience changes the way people think and act is common among those who have taken the programme,” the report says. Here is a link to the REPORT

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  • RDA initiative brings horse therapy to dementia care

    RDA initiative brings horse therapy to dementia care

    12.03.20 A new sphere of animal-assisted activities has been opened up by the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), which is encouraging people with dementia to spend time with horses. The RDA says that pilot sessions focusing on sensory experiences with horses and ponies had had a positive impact. Local RDA groups are already running bespoke sessions for people with dementia, including “Tea with a pony” at the Cheltenham branch, “Golden hour” at Kesteven in Lincolnshire, and similar sessions in Liverpool and Bristol, and other groups are expected to follow suit across the UK.

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  • Alzheimer's Society Cymru conference focus on rural communities

    Alzheimer's Society Cymru conference focus on rural communities

    11.03.20 Prominent contemporary themes in dementia care will predominate at the Alzheimer’s Society Cymru annual conference taking place in Llandudno on 12 March. Keynote speaker Liz Saville Roberts, who leads political party Plaid Cymru at Westminster, will talk about the impact of dementia on remote rural communities. “Too many people in these areas face dementia alone and isolated, without access to quality care and support, transport links and community amenities,” she said prior to the conference. “It is therefore increasingly important for those people living with dementia that community councils, businesses, local authorities, charities, health practitioners and individuals unite to address the issues associated with rural living to ensure that everyone, in every corner of the country, gets the support they need and deserve.”

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