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  • E-Newsletter 09.11.2018

    E-Newsletter 09.11.2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week is a UK Dementia Congress 2018 special issue. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • American research helps achieve personalised goals

    American research helps achieve personalised goals

    02.11.18 Researchers in California have been investigating how setting personalised goals can be used to help people with dementia attain what is important to them. In the research, led by UCLA, patients and carers were asked to set goals and researchers used a technique called goal attainment scaling to assess how far those goals were achieved. The goals were then incorporated into their dementia care plans. About three-quarters of participants reached or exceeded their goals during the study period, which included getting financial affairs in order and taking part in activities outside the home. Researcher Dr Lee Jennings said “It’s less meaningful thinking about blood pressure and diabetes control when you’re facing an incurable neurodegenerative disorder. We wanted to know if the health care we’re providing them is really helping them meet their individualised goals.”

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  • Dementia support workers in GP surgeries

    Dementia support workers in GP surgeries

    01.11.18 A university study aims to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their carers by investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries. Led by Plymouth University, the study aims to develop a person-centred package of care which involves linking up the support worker with the rest of the patient’s clinical team. It is hoped that the £2.7 million programme, funded by the National Institute for Health Research and running over five years, will lead to changes which prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and promote mental and physical wellbeing. The intention is to avoid the kind of scenario in which, as a survey by Alzheimer’s highlighted, 54% of carers reported that a hospital stay had a significant impact on dementia symptoms in a loved one, such as becoming more confused and less independent.

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  • Grants to strengthen rights in care homes

    Grants to strengthen rights in care homes

    31.10.18 Some Scottish care homes will benefit from a new grant scheme from the Life Changes Trust, which aims to ensure that the rights of residents with dementia are recognised and respected. Total funding from the Trust is £135,000 and care homes will be able to use it to demonstrate how they support residents to have a genuine say in their own day to day lives. Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, said: “While there are undoubted challenges of resourcing the sector and recruiting workers, this is also a time when the human rights of residents, workers and families are increasingly being recognised as lying at the heart of all care. Dementia can be a frightening condition, with loss at its heart – loss of identity, loss of confidence, loss of relationships – and it can be all too easy for an individual to lose their sense of being in control, of being able to make choices, of exercising their own human rights.”

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  • Armchair Gallery app helps people with dementia enjoy the arts

    Armchair Gallery app helps people with dementia enjoy the arts

    30.10.18 A new smartphone app called Armchair Gallery has been billed as a chance for people with dementia to enjoy great art and culture. According to the developers, the free app allows them to view art and exhibits from seven world-class arts and heritage venues, as well access instructions for creative activities. City Arts (Nottingham) created the app, where programme director Kate Duncan said: “Over four years, we’ve collaborated with hundreds of older people, care staff, artists and cultural venues. We are delighted to be able to share what we have learned with everyone.” Chris Connell, who has young onset dementia, said that he had used the app as part of his memories group. “We all experience dementia differently and the app is brilliant because it lets people take part at a range of different levels. I’ve been inspired by artworks I wouldn’t otherwise be able to enjoy.” The app can now be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

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  • People with young onset dementia “should have access to local experts”

    People with young onset dementia “should have access to local experts”

    29.10.18 The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) says in a new report that younger people presenting with suspected dementia should have access to a specialist team with the necessary expertise to make a diagnosis and address their needs. Among the recommendations and key messages in the report, “Young-onset dementia in mental health services”, is that NHS trusts should ensure that there is a named local clinical lead for young onset dementia (YOD) and that patients have access to a full range of multidisciplinary professionals who have the training and expertise to meet their specific needs. In their foreword to the report, RCPsych president Wendy Burn and colleagues say that attention to YOD has lagged behind dementia as a whole. Click HERE for the report.

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  • E-Newsletter  26 Oct 2018

    E-Newsletter 26 Oct 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include a new Armchair Gallery app, a new report from the Royal College of Pyschiatrists and resident rights in Scottish care homes. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • “Cameos of Care Homes” resources show new models of care

    “Cameos of Care Homes” resources show new models of care

    26.10.18 New approaches to care in care homes, pioneered in six “vanguard” areas as part of the NHS New Care Models Programme, are being highlighted in a series of resources called “Cameos of Care Homes”. There is a 20 minute film, a booklet, a PowerPoint and a three minute teaser in which staff from two of the vanguard care homes reflect on their experiences and the expertise they have developed. Learning from the New Care Models Programme is now being rolled out nationally. click HERE here for the blog describing and giving links for the Cameos of Care Homes project, carried out by King’s College London with funding from NHS England

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  • Call for national strategy as incidence of dementia in prisons increases

    Call for national strategy as incidence of dementia in prisons increases

    25.10.18 A report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the CQC calls for a national strategy to provide social care for rising numbers of elderly and frail prisoners, not least as a response to the increasing incidence of dementia in jails. Sally Copley, Alzheimer’s Society director of policy, said that prisons were “not fit for purpose” for people with dementia. “The number of over-50s in prisons has already increased by 150% since 2002, and more and more will be developing dementia every year,” Copley said. “But the healthcare staff we spoke to in three different prisons told us they don’t feel adequately trained to assess and support prisoners with dementia and find it difficult to distinguish between the effects of alcohol and substance abuse and dementia symptoms. Click HERE for the HM Inspectorate/CQC report

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  • E-Newsletter 19 Oct 2018

    E-Newsletter 19 Oct 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include a flagship dementia carers centre, social prescribing and dementia in prisons. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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