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  • Vida boss gives overview of technology solutions in dementia care

    Vida boss gives overview of technology solutions in dementia care

    30.10.20 Vida Healthcare managing director James Rycroft offers his thoughts on technology solutions in dementia care following dramatic increases in technology investment across the sector during the pandemic. As head of the specialist dementia care provider, Rycroft discusses technology such as sensory equipment, exercise equipment combined with video and sound, video calling and a Family Team Talk app, among other things. Link here

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  • Sentai tech start-up claims breakthrough

    Sentai tech start-up claims breakthrough

    29.10.20 A technology start-up called Sentai is launching what it describes as a breakthrough in augmented voice technology to care for people in their own homes. A “smart” speaker - similar to Amazon Alexa but focused on care - uses algorithms to provide a person-centred response to the needs of the person, according to Sentai. For example, it can detect the mood of a person from their voice and centre responses around that, while providing timely prompts around important things such as medication. Also, equipped with sensors, it can monitor the person’s movements and can send alerts in emergencies. Due to be launched at the end of October, it costs £300 for the Sentai hub, two home sensors and two button clickers.

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  • Care homes offered training vouchers

    Care homes offered training vouchers

    28.10.20 Pain assessment company PainChek is offering UK care homes subscribing to its services a voucher of up to £500 to cover the cost of its product training for care staff. Care homes subscribing before 31 October will qualify for the voucher. PainChek’s offer coincides with a pledge from NHSX to give 11,000 iPads to care homes, which the company said could be used to access digital health tech including its own. PainChek’s pain assessment tool uses articifical intelligence to analyse “micro-facial expressions” which the company says are indicative of the presence of pain in people with dementia who cannot self-report. Get the voucher code by emailing with the reference ‘UK £500 voucher’.

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  • Care UK joins forces with Marie Curie

    Care UK joins forces with Marie Curie

    27.10.20 Care home provider Care UK has teamed up with Marie Curie to strengthen end of life care in preparation for any future outbreaks of coronavirus. As an end of life care charity, Marie Curie will evaluate Care UK’s current training and practice, support home care managers to build resilience among team members, and offer care staff a space to share, reflect and learn. It will also make recommendations about additional support to develop and reassure care home teams in the future. “Although a confidential telephone support service has been available to all Care UK employees for several years, directors recognised that the past seven months have been like no other period in [our] history and that something additional was required,” said HR director Leah Queripel. “While I hope it never arrives, these recommendations will help us to be even more prepared and resilient if we see a surge of cases in our homes in the coming months.”

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  • Dementia accounts for biggest rise in women's mortality at home

    Dementia accounts for biggest rise in women's mortality at home

    26.10.20 Deaths from dementia among women in their own homes rose sharply for the period March to September, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. In England over this period there were 24,387 more deaths than average among both men and women in their own homes. In women, dementia accounted for a bigger increase in deaths at home than any other condition, up by 75% in England and 92.2% in Wales compared wth the five-year average. In men, the biggest increases were due to heart disease. The likely explanation for the increases is displacement from hospital to home: deaths in hospitals decreased by 40.6% in England and 25.5% in Wales in March-September. “While deaths in hospitals and care homes have dropped below the five-year average since the initial peak of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve consistently seen deaths in private homes remain well above the five-year average," said Sarah Caul, head of mortality analysis at the ONS.

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  • E-Newsletter - 23 Oct 2020

    E-Newsletter - 23 Oct 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment.

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  • Blanket approach to do not resuscitate orders 'must not be repeated'

    Blanket approach to do not resuscitate orders 'must not be repeated'

    21.10.20 As a second spike in coronavirus takes hold in much of the UK, the CQC is working to prevent a repetition of the impact on social care earlier this year. Inspectors said this week that they were reviewing “do not attempt resuscitation” (DNACPR) orders after evidence emerged in April that they had been issued for groups of care home residents without individual consent. The CQC said its review would identify and share best practice and highlight decisions which had not been person-centred with a view to “ensuring mistakes are not repeated”. Dr Rosie Benneyworth, one of its chief inspectors, said: "Along with partners we have been clear that it is unacceptable for advance care plans, with or without ‘do not attempt resuscitation’ form completion, to be applied to groups of people of any description. These decisions must continue to be made on an individual basis according to need.”

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  • Most England care providers show 'good practice' on infection control

    Most England care providers show 'good practice' on infection control

    20.10.20 In an update on its new infection and prevention control (IPC) inspections, which are being rolled out across England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) suggested that most care homes are taking effective precautions against coronavirus risks. “Most care providers that we have inspected have demonstrated good practice which we will continue to highlight through regular publications,” said adult social care chief inspector Kate Terroni. “However, where we have concerns, we can and will take swift action.” Terroni added that care homes would need to take a case-by-case approach to visits from residents’ relatives. “We do expect care homes to discuss visitation as part of individual care plans including considering whether residents have exceptional circumstances to consider in those plans, and we will look for these on inspection,” she commented.

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  • E-Newsletter 16 Oct 2020

    E-Newsletter 16 Oct 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment.

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  • Government caves into pressure to treat relatives as keyworkers

    Government caves into pressure to treat relatives as keyworkers

    19.10.20 After months of pressure the government appears to have caved into calls for designated family members to be treated as keyworkers when visiting care home residents. Care minister Helen Whately told MPs on the Commons Health and Social Care Committee that the government would set up a pilot scheme to see whether family members can be treated as keyworkers, with PPE and regular tests to ensure they are Covid-free. But there was no indication of a firm timescale when Whately was questioned by the committee: “I am planning for us to launch a pilot on that shortly,” she said. “I can’t give you a date, but what I can say is we’re moving forward with it and we are going to pilot it. Visiting is incredibly important for residents and their families and care homes. I really want us to enable visiting but it must be safe.” Alzheimer’s Society, which has been campaigning on the issue with other charities, welcomed the move but wanted a clear plan.

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