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  • 'Pandemic hit us like a tsunami'

    'Pandemic hit us like a tsunami'

    23.11.20 “The pandemic hit us like a tsunami,” said Suzanne Mumford, who leads on quality development at Care UK care homes. “We knew it was coming but it seemed very little time to prepare,” she told UKDC, commenting on the “extraordinary lengths” to which staff had gone in supporting residents. “Our colleagues are exhausted, but they’ve given their all and they’re ready to give even more now we’re entering a second wave,” Mumford said. Asked about the government’s care home visiting guidelines, she admitted that Care UK stretched them to the limit. “When residents are extremely distressed, family can come so that they can spend time together. If people have been together for 50 years, can we deny them the opportunity to be with their relative?”

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  • E-Newsletter 20 Nov 2020

    E-Newsletter 20 Nov 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include announcing the winners of the National Dementia Care Awards, a pilot scheme to promote family visits to care homes and a round up of some highlights from UK Dementia Congress 2020. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Consultation: Stopping movement of staff

    Consultation: Stopping movement of staff

    19.11.20 Last Friday the government published a consultation on proposals to restrict the movement of care workers in England if they work in more than one health and care setting. The proposals would prevent care and nursing home staff working in two different care settings within a 14-day period. The National Care Forum has published its response to the proposals here and is encouraging all care providers to make their voices heard in this consultation so that the government understands what is possible to implement in the middle of a pandemic and the resources needed to do it. The consultation ends at 12pm Monday 23 November and can be completed online here

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  • Dementia Care Awards 2020 - winners announced!

    Dementia Care Awards 2020 - winners announced!

    17.11.20 Following a successful online 15th UK Dementia Congress last week, the National Dementia Care Awards celebrated their eleventh birthday at a virtual awards presentation. Investor Publishing and the Journal of Dementia Care are proud to highlight excellence and innovation, and to have the opportunity to celebrate those who provide consistently outstanding care. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists! A full list of winners can be found on our website here

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  • Communication resources from Cardiff University

    Communication resources from Cardiff University

    17.11.20 Professor Alison Wray at Cardiff University has developed some good film resources on communication in dementia care. The latest film is Dementia Communication Across Language Boundaries: Developing Language Awareness. This covers different aspects of communication between carers and people with dementia from different language backgrounds. Link click here

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  • Bringing the generations together benefits everyone

    Bringing the generations together benefits everyone

    Loneliness and social isolation are common problems among older people with dementia, but a primary school-based project has found a solution. Alex Kerr-Dineen and David Hinchcliffe report on an initiative bringing together the “bookend generations”

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  • Arts and dementia: shaping the future

    Arts and dementia: shaping the future

    It is widely believed that the arts can improve quality of life in care, but more hard evidence is needed. Ruby Swift and Karen Gray discuss research to build up the evidence base and an event to assist with putting it into practice

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  • High time to respect carers as equals

    High time to respect carers as equals

    Government and policymakers must act now on the needs of family carers if they are to meet the many challenges they face. Anna Gaughan says it is time to treat unpaid carers as key workers

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  • Smartphone app developed for dementia carers

    Smartphone app developed for dementia carers

    13.11.20 Soothing images have been developed by Edinburgh University for a smartphone app with a view to improving the wellbeing of carers of people with dementia. The gallery of images, including landscapes, water features, animals, greenery and the sky, were selected for the CogniCare app, which provides advice, support and resources for dementia care. Clinical psychologists, as part of the university’s Project Soothe, selected the images based on research showing that they enhanced people’s mood and emotional wellbeing, according to Medical Express. "It is known that the ability a person has to soothe themselves in difficult times helps them stay well, but some people are less able to imagine a soothing scene—which is where a bank of images could help," project lead Dr Stella Chan told Medical Express.

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  • Small charities in Wales given £3.6m in National Lottery Funding

    Small charities in Wales given £3.6m in National Lottery Funding

    12.11.20 People with dementia in Wales will be among the beneficiaries of £3.6 million in National Lottery funding for a series of small-scale projects. Among the organisations receiving grants are Cariad Pet Therapy in Pembrokeshire for “automated pet therapy visits” to people who are socially isolated as a result of Covid-19 and Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC in Neath Port Talbot for raising awareness of the issues experienced by people with dementia. Stuart Williams, project coordinator at the football club, told the West Wales Chronicle: “We are delighted to have secured the National Lottery funding of £10,000. It will allow over 40 volunteers at the club to access dementia awareness training, as well as new signage to help people living with dementia when they visit the facility.”

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