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  • E-Newsletter - 06.03.20

    E-Newsletter - 06.03.20

    Here is the week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include Coronavirus advice for care homes, reports on CQC enforcement action and horse therapy. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • CQC takes enforcement action nearly 3000 times in three years

    CQC takes enforcement action nearly 3000 times in three years

    10.03.20 The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has taken criminal or civil enforcement action against care homes nearly 3,000 times in three years, according to figures obtained by the Express newspaper. The paper claims that three social care providers a day face legal action and quotes Alzheimer’s Society as saying “people with dementia cannot be left at the mercy of this unsafe system any longer”. More than 20% of care homes specialising in dementia are failing, the Express finds, compared with 13% of those for residents with other conditions. The Express’s findings are that the CQC took enforcement action 1,046 times in 2017, 1,160 times in 2018, 688 times in 2019, and 34 times in the first two months of this year, taking the total to 2,928.

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  • Schoolchildren join care home residents for World Book Day

    Schoolchildren join care home residents for World Book Day

    09.03.20 Children from a Chester primary school shared their love of books with care home residents during a morning of fun and storytelling. Pupils at Huntington Community Primary School paid a visit to a care home last week as part of World Book Day. A group of year 4 children visited the care home to read not only their favourite stories but also a selection of the residents most-loved books. Lisa Forth, activities coordinator at Grosvenor Manor, said: "You are never too old or too young to appreciate a well told story, and our residents continue to be avid readers, sharing and swapping books with each other on a regular basis."

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  • Coronavirus may force care homes to separate residents with dementia

    Coronavirus may force care homes to separate residents with dementia

    06.03.20 Where it is not possible to isolate people with dementia living in care homes if they display coronavirus symptoms, they should be cared for in an area that can be separated from those who are unaffected, says guidance from the Care Providers Alliance (CPA). The CPA advises isolating people in their own rooms where possible to reduce the spread of infection, but it admits this may not be possible for “those who need dementia support or other specialist needs”. It adds: “If affected people cannot be isolated, report this to the infection prevention and control lead at your local Public Health England team.” The CPA website has a page with useful information and links to advice from the government, NHS and Care Quality Commission, among others, on what to do about coronavirus. Here is the CPA webpage link

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  • UCL seeks home care agencies to take part in training research

    UCL seeks home care agencies to take part in training research

    04.03.20 Home care agencies are being sought to work with University College London, who are carrying out a study to test a training and support programme for home carers to help people living with dementia remain independent in their own homes (NIDUS study). They would like to work with three home care agencies in London or the surrounding area to determine whether the training is effective and acceptable to home carers. It is related to Monica Leverton's research, and the findings from her interviews and observations with home carers, family carers and people living with dementia are being used to shape the content and format of the training and support programme. If you would like to find out more about the research, contact Alex Burton by email a.burton@ucl.ac.uk or 020 7679 9031 before Monday 9 March.

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  • Patient-led assessment awards strong score for care environments

    Patient-led assessment awards strong score for care environments

    05.03.20 NHS Digital’s annual patient-led assessment of dementia care environments has given them an average score of 80.7%, although individual scores ranged from 45.7% to 100%. The annual survey, which looks at non-clinical aspects of NHS care such as flooring, décor and signage, assessed 889 sites against dementia criteria and gave acute/specialist sites the lowest average score at just below 80% and mental health/learning disability sites the highest average at just above 90%. While the 80.7% average for the “dementia domain” appears respectable, other domains assessed in the patient-led assessment did better: cleanliness (98.6%), food and hydration (92.2%), privacy, dignity and wellbeing (86.1%), condition, appearance and maintenance (96.4%). HERE are the results in full

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  • JDC Asks...

    JDC Asks...

    The ‘JDC asks’ column invites a varied and interesting line-up of contributors to consider topical issues. For the March/April 2020 issue we asked:

    Kate Lee takes over from Jeremy Hughes as Alzheimer's Society CEO. What should be top of her "to do" list?

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  • CQC report advocates 'culture of openness' for safe relationships

    CQC report advocates 'culture of openness' for safe relationships

    03.03.20 A new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) looks at what can be done to support people in adult social care to have safe sexual relationships. Calling on social care leaders to create a “culture of openness,” the CQC says the best providers allow people the basic human right to express their sexuality while having an open culture where people feel they can raise concerns around safety. The report – “Promoting Sexual Safety Through Empowerment” highlights examples of care providers who have found ways of initiating open conversations about expressing sexuality.

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  • Good oral health is key to dementia prevention, say US researchers

    Good oral health is key to dementia prevention, say US researchers

    04.03.20 Poor dental health is associated with dementia, claim researchers, who suggest that brain damage in dementia can be microbial in origin and that bad oral health may provide a reservoir of these microbes. Working on this hypothesis a research team led by Dr James Caffrey, University of North Texas, looked at more than 200,000 new dementia cases and found that a history of chronic dental problems raised the odds of dementia. Conversely, dental interventions that quickly restored oral health lowered the odds of dementia. "Prevention and delay are key goals in the approach to dementia,” Dr Caffrey said.

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  • E-Newsletter - 28 Feb 2019

    E-Newsletter - 28 Feb 2019

    Here is the week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include patient led assessments and a new CQC report on what can be done to support people in adult social care to have safe sexual relationships. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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