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  • E-Newsletter - 16 Sept 2019

    E-Newsletter - 16 Sept 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include Yellowhammer warning about social care, dementia friendly ambulances and a new partnership between Leeds Beckett University and Avery Healthcare. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Celebrating best practice in the arts and dementia care

    Celebrating best practice in the arts and dementia care

    Ahead of our Creative Arts and Dementia conference, Maria Parsons reviews the ever-expanding role of the arts in dementia care. “The arts may not help you get up in the morning,” she says, “but they do give you something to get up for!”

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  • Enhanced education – a simulation-based approach

    Enhanced education – a simulation-based approach

    How can you engage the emotions of care staff to achieve the best outcomes for people? Jan Zietara and colleagues, in the fifth article of our series on hospital-based dementia care, consider a simulation-based approach to “training the trainers”.

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  • Does DCM improve care in care homes? The EPIC trial

    Does DCM improve care in care homes? The EPIC trial

    Care homes frequently use Dementia Care Mapping to assess the quality of their care, but new research has raised serious questions about it. Claire Surr, Barbara Woodward-Carlton and Alys Griffiths explain the findings from the “EPIC” trial

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  • Newsletter 06.09.19

    Newsletter 06.09.19

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include caregivers' loss of sleep, YOPET dementia befrienders and a new NICE Talk on caring for people with dementia. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Loss of sleep undermining caregivers' health and wellbeing

    Loss of sleep undermining caregivers' health and wellbeing

    13.09.09 Carers’ cognition, mental and physical health are being damaged by loss of sleep, says an American study focusing on carers of people with dementia. Scientists at Baylor University, analysing 35 studies with data from 3,268 carers, found that caregivers lost between 2.5 and 3.5 hours of sleep each week. "Losing 3.5 hours of sleep per week does not seem much, but caregivers often experience accumulation of sleep loss over years," said lead author Chenlu Gao from Baylor. Carers slept better when they took simple steps such as getting more morning sunlight, establishing a regular and relaxing bedtime routine and doing moderate physical exercise.

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  • Hospices have £25 million cash injection

    Hospices have £25 million cash injection

    12.09.19 Hospices and palliative care services have been given a £25 million cash boost to alleviate funding pressures, particularly those which receive most of their money from the voluntary sector. The government said the new money would protect the future of organisations providing vital treatment and support by relieving workforce pressures, as well as enabling them to introduce new services such as out of hours support, respite care and specialist community teams. Hospice UK chief executive Tracey Bleakley described the funding as an “important first step” to protect charitable hospices.

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  • Health partnership invests in digital transformation

    Health partnership invests in digital transformation

    11.09.19 A pioneering health partnership spanning the whole of Greater Manchester has launched a new initiative to test the impact of digital technologies on dementia care, among other things. The £14.3 million “digital transformation programme” will develop new technologies to allow secure sharing of information between professionals and give people using services timely information about their condition so that they can take charge of their own health and wellbeing. Initially it will aim to improve care for people with dementia or who are frail by enabling critical information to be shared with patients, carers and professionals.

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  • NICE Talk on caring for people with dementia

    NICE Talk on caring for people with dementia

    10.09.19 How should we care for people with dementia? That is the subject of a new “NICE Talk,” a series of audio files on pertinent subjects commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and available to listen to on Soundcloud. Among the guests are Hilda Hayo, chief Admiral Nurse and CEO of Dementia UK, and Lesley Carter, clinician lead at Age UK, who explore the early warning signs of dementia and how important an early diagnosis is.

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  • Social care needs £7.5 billion to stave off collapse, says think tank

    Social care needs £7.5 billion to stave off collapse, says think tank

    09.09.19 Adult social care faces collapse as care providers fail, large numbers of people struggle without the care they need and the care costs confronting them spiral out of control. So says the Health Foundation think tank in a new report which insists that the government must urgently act to stabilise and reform adult social care in England. Shortly after the foundation's report came out, chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid announced another £1.5 billion in funding for social care in 2020/21, answering councils' concerns that current stopgap funding was due to expire at the end of this year, although the new money is for both adults' and children's services.

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