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  • E-Newsletter - 6 Nov 2020

    E-Newsletter - 6 Nov 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include new government lockdown guidance on care home visits and the reaction by Alzheimer's Society.

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  • Dementia UK and YoungDementia UK merge into one charity

    Dementia UK and YoungDementia UK merge into one charity

    02.11.20 Dementia UK and YoungDementia UK have merged into one charity. The merger will strengthen both charities’ commitment to supporting people with young onset dementia. The merged charities will continue to operate under the name Dementia UK and aim to provide a stronger, unified, more influential voice for people living with and affected by young onset dementia. The service offering of both charities will continue unchanged for the time being, with the view to enhancing these services in the future. The Young Dementia Network and the Young Dementia Oxfordshire support offering will continue under their existing names.

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  • John's Campaign challenges visiting restrictions

    John's Campaign challenges visiting restrictions

    30.10.20 Urgent court proceedings to have government guidance on care home visits declared unlawful have been launched by John’s Campaign, which promotes contact between residents and family members. It says government guidance issued on 15 October is unlawful because it encourages care homes in areas of higher Covid-19 risk to place blanket bans on family visits. In papers applying for a judicial review of the guidance, John’s Campaign argues that the suspension of visits to care homes has had a catastrophic effect on residents, particularly those with dementia, including worsening symptoms and premature death. The application includes supporting evidence from Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Residents and Relatives Association and the UCL Dementia Research Centre.

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  • Vida boss gives overview of technology solutions in dementia care

    Vida boss gives overview of technology solutions in dementia care

    30.10.20 Vida Healthcare managing director James Rycroft offers his thoughts on technology solutions in dementia care following dramatic increases in technology investment across the sector during the pandemic. As head of the specialist dementia care provider, Rycroft discusses technology such as sensory equipment, exercise equipment combined with video and sound, video calling and a Family Team Talk app, among other things. Link here

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  • Sentai tech start-up claims breakthrough

    Sentai tech start-up claims breakthrough

    29.10.20 A technology start-up called Sentai is launching what it describes as a breakthrough in augmented voice technology to care for people in their own homes. A “smart” speaker - similar to Amazon Alexa but focused on care - uses algorithms to provide a person-centred response to the needs of the person, according to Sentai. For example, it can detect the mood of a person from their voice and centre responses around that, while providing timely prompts around important things such as medication. Also, equipped with sensors, it can monitor the person’s movements and can send alerts in emergencies. Due to be launched at the end of October, it costs £300 for the Sentai hub, two home sensors and two button clickers.

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  • Care homes offered training vouchers

    Care homes offered training vouchers

    28.10.20 Pain assessment company PainChek is offering UK care homes subscribing to its services a voucher of up to £500 to cover the cost of its product training for care staff. Care homes subscribing before 31 October will qualify for the voucher. PainChek’s offer coincides with a pledge from NHSX to give 11,000 iPads to care homes, which the company said could be used to access digital health tech including its own. PainChek’s pain assessment tool uses articifical intelligence to analyse “micro-facial expressions” which the company says are indicative of the presence of pain in people with dementia who cannot self-report. Get the voucher code by emailing info@painchek.com with the reference ‘UK £500 voucher’.

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  • Care UK joins forces with Marie Curie

    Care UK joins forces with Marie Curie

    27.10.20 Care home provider Care UK has teamed up with Marie Curie to strengthen end of life care in preparation for any future outbreaks of coronavirus. As an end of life care charity, Marie Curie will evaluate Care UK’s current training and practice, support home care managers to build resilience among team members, and offer care staff a space to share, reflect and learn. It will also make recommendations about additional support to develop and reassure care home teams in the future. “Although a confidential telephone support service has been available to all Care UK employees for several years, directors recognised that the past seven months have been like no other period in [our] history and that something additional was required,” said HR director Leah Queripel. “While I hope it never arrives, these recommendations will help us to be even more prepared and resilient if we see a surge of cases in our homes in the coming months.”

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  • Dementia accounts for biggest rise in women's mortality at home

    Dementia accounts for biggest rise in women's mortality at home

    26.10.20 Deaths from dementia among women in their own homes rose sharply for the period March to September, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. In England over this period there were 24,387 more deaths than average among both men and women in their own homes. In women, dementia accounted for a bigger increase in deaths at home than any other condition, up by 75% in England and 92.2% in Wales compared wth the five-year average. In men, the biggest increases were due to heart disease. The likely explanation for the increases is displacement from hospital to home: deaths in hospitals decreased by 40.6% in England and 25.5% in Wales in March-September. “While deaths in hospitals and care homes have dropped below the five-year average since the initial peak of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve consistently seen deaths in private homes remain well above the five-year average," said Sarah Caul, head of mortality analysis at the ONS.

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  • E-Newsletter - 23 Oct 2020

    E-Newsletter - 23 Oct 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment.

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  • Blanket approach to do not resuscitate orders 'must not be repeated'

    Blanket approach to do not resuscitate orders 'must not be repeated'

    21.10.20 As a second spike in coronavirus takes hold in much of the UK, the CQC is working to prevent a repetition of the impact on social care earlier this year. Inspectors said this week that they were reviewing “do not attempt resuscitation” (DNACPR) orders after evidence emerged in April that they had been issued for groups of care home residents without individual consent. The CQC said its review would identify and share best practice and highlight decisions which had not been person-centred with a view to “ensuring mistakes are not repeated”. Dr Rosie Benneyworth, one of its chief inspectors, said: "Along with partners we have been clear that it is unacceptable for advance care plans, with or without ‘do not attempt resuscitation’ form completion, to be applied to groups of people of any description. These decisions must continue to be made on an individual basis according to need.”

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