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  • North-west community hub is first to win gold standard award

    North-west community hub is first to win gold standard award

    30.01.20 A community health and wellbeing hub in the north-west of England has become the first public building to be awarded Stirling University’s “gold” dementia-friendly standard. The refurbished Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub in Warrington opened its doors two years ago, having been redesigned to meet dementia-friendly standards and create a safe and welcoming environment for people living with the condition. Dr Martin Quirke, from Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre which gave the gold award, said the hub provided “a ground-breaking example of how public organisations, businesses, and the construction industry can, through the design of public buildings and the services they contain, make meaningful contributions to maintaining and improving public health and social inclusion within our communities – including the increasing number of people living with dementia.”

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  • Black and asian people given antipsychotics for significantly longer

    Black and asian people given antipsychotics for significantly longer

    29 Jan 2020 Writing in the journal Clinical Epidemiology researchers suggest that black and Asian people with dementia are given less favourable drug treatments than white people. Both black and Asian dementia patients who were prescribed anti-psychotic drugs received them for significantly longer on average than white people, according to a report in the Nursing Times. Black people were prescribed them for 27 more days each year than white people, while the figure for Asian people was 17 days. The researchers also found that Asian people with dementia were 14% less likely than white patients to be prescribed cholinesterase inhibitors to help with cognitive problems. Lead study author Professor Claudia Cooper said the findings were worrying and appeared to reflect inequalities in the care people received to treat dementia symptoms.

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  • Two safeguarding reports on same care home focus on behaviour

    Two safeguarding reports on same care home focus on behaviour

    28.01.20 How best to respond to stress and distress has been raised powerfully in two safeguarding reports on a Norfolk care home in which a woman with dementia died following aggression from a male resident. In the first of its safeguarding adults reviews (SARS), which both relate to Amberley Hall care home in King’s Lynn, the safeguarding board considers the case of Mr Z who began to “demonstrate challenging behaviour” including resistance to personal care, shouting and verbal aggression, and was eventually violent towards staff and other residents. The second review considers the case of Mr G, whom it says the “care home had significant difficulties in effectively managing”.

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  • Dementia related emergency admissions soar by a third

    Dementia related emergency admissions soar by a third

    27.01.20 Figures showing that emergency admissions of people with dementia rose by 35% in six years have led to claims that they are being “dumped” in hospital. A new analysis by Alzheimer’s Society indicates that there were 379,000 emergency admissions of people with dementia to hospitals in England in 2017-18, up by 100,000 since 2012-13. In 40,000 of these cases – around one in 10 – the person spent longer than 28 days in hospital. Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes told the BBC that people were falling through “cracks” in the social care system. “People with dementia are all too often being dumped in hospital and left there,” he said. “Many are only admitted because there’s no social care support to keep them safe at home. They are commonly spending more than twice as long in hospital as needed, confused and scared.”

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  • E-Newsletter -  24 Jan 2020

    E-Newsletter - 24 Jan 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include wider ramifications of safeguarding reports on a Norfolk care home, reports of discrimination in drug treatments for black and Asian people and dementia related emergency admissions. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Book now for event on arts practitioner training

    Book now for event on arts practitioner training

    25.01.20 The Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN) is holding a Special Friends and Supporters event at St Hugh’s College Oxford on Tuesday 10 March. It will be a day of presentations about training for arts practitioners, including FLOURISH – CDAN’s flagship arts and dementia professional development programme. In addition, there will be training workshops on dance, music, poetry and the visual arts, as well as a literary lunch with journalist and campaigner Nicci Gerrard (author of “What Dementia Teaches Us About Love”) and philosopher Marianne Talbot (author of “Keeping Mum: Caring for someone with dementia”).

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  • Runwood Homes appoints award-winning chef

    Runwood Homes appoints award-winning chef

    24.01.20 Runwood Homes, a family-run residential care business with 71 homes across England and Northern Ireland, has appointed an award-winning chef to its new post of group hospitality manager. In a bid to raise the bar in food standards and mealtime experience for residents, Chris Williams joins Runwood after a 25-year career as a head chef in upmarket hotels and restaurants. He was a finalist for the award of National Care Chef of the Year in 2018 and has competed in the BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals. Williams will share his expertise with Runwood’s catering teams. “I was pleased to see that food standards were certainly already at a satisfactory level,” Williams said, “but there’s always room for improvement from a pair of fresh eyes and I aim to make a really positive difference to the standard of menu choices and food being presented to our residents across the whole group.”

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  • More people from South Asian communities should have access to arts

    More people from South Asian communities should have access to arts

    23.01.20 Arts provision for people with dementia is failing to reach South Asian communities in the UK, new research suggests. A new report from theatre company Spare Tyre, “Arts and dementia in the UK South Asian Diaspora”, says there is a need for funders, arts organisations and artists to engage with South Asian communities to ensure that the benefits of the arts are more widely shared. Interviews with community groups and a literature review found no mention of artistic work with south Asian communities. “In contrast, artistic work for people living with dementias has been well documented and is advocated as beneficial for both therapeutic and intrinsically valuable reasons, notably in the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, 2017," the report states.

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  • Samaritans appoints Jeremy Hughes

    Samaritans appoints Jeremy Hughes

    22.01.20 It has been announced that Jeremy Hughes will join Samaritans in May 2020 as its new CEO after spending ten years as CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society. Jeremy said: “I feel enormously privileged to be appointed the new CEO of Samaritans, and I am committed to build on all the work of recent years.” Jeremy is taking over the reins from current Samaritans CEO, Ruth Sutherland, who has been with the charity since 2015.

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  • Clinical director for dementia praises football club community groups

    Clinical director for dementia praises football club community groups

    21.01.20 A rather different perspective on the national game has come from NHS England’s clinical director for dementia Alistair Burns, who praised football clubs for leading the way in running activities and workshops for people with dementia. Professor Burns said that innovative community schemes run by Premier League and English Football League clubs were “invaluable” in helping people with dementia keep their brains active. In a statement released just before the traditional Boxing Day fixtures, Burns said that clubs, “as the centre of communities and many people’s lives, have an open goal chance to team up with the NHS and improve lives.”

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