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  • E-Newsletter - 6 Dec 2019

    E-Newsletter - 6 Dec 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include nurse concerns over planned changes to deprivation of liberty safeguards and a tribute to Four Seasons Health Care lead facilitator Colin Sheeran. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Discrimination for employees with dementia

    Discrimination for employees with dementia

    05.12.19 The poor experiences of people whose dementia begins while they are still employed were highlighted by Dr Susan Richardson, who spoke to the Young Dementia Annual Conference last week about her research on work after a diagnosis of dementia. “Our findings were that the experience of exiting employment, even post-diagnosis, is not always good since the financial package may not be enough to keep them living well and there is a lot of work still to be done in practice on people’s legal rights,” said Dr Richardson, senior lecturer at Huddersfield University. Interviews were done with 27 human resources (HR) professionals, union representatives and managers in the research, which found that people with YOD sometimes had to leave their jobs on performance management grounds rather than health grounds because medical reports could not be obtained.

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  • App overview shows 'greater role' for digital tech in care homes

    App overview shows 'greater role' for digital tech in care homes

    28.11.19 A useful overview of apps to help people with dementia was published by the Guardian last week, which says that the care sector has been slow to pick up on the potential of digital technology.
    Pete Dowds, chief executive of care provider Elder, tells the Guardian: “There will be a million people living with dementia by 2025. It’s clear that digital technology and the use of AI in care homes can play a much greater role.” Here is a link to the article.

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  • Patient safety and care at risk from understaffing, say health leaders

    Patient safety and care at risk from understaffing, say health leaders

    27.11.19 Understaffing in the health service is putting patient safety and care at risk, health leaders have said, and well over half (58%) think that this winter will be the worst on record for waiting times and performance across the NHS. A survey published by the NHS Confederation shows that 90% of health leaders surveyed claimed that the figure of more than 100,000 vacancies for clinical and nursing staff is putting patient safety at risk, while 76% said that supporting and growing the workforce should be a critical priority. In a heartfelt plea to the next government, NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson said workforce gaps, the growing social care crisis and historic under-investment were “the biggest threats to improving care for patients and transforming services.”

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  • Dementia care app library launched in tech initiative

    Dementia care app library launched in tech initiative

    26.11.19 An online library of smartphone apps is just part of a dementia care technology initiative by Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), which commissions services for the whole population. The “apps4dementia” online library gives information about “trusted” apps across a range of topics like active minds, carer support, staying calm and sleeping well, and medication reminders, and top-rated apps are listed with ratings provided for each. People with dementia, carers and health professionals were consulted, the HSCB says, and gave feedback on design and content. Several initiatives in Northern Ireland are using technology to improve understanding of dementia and support people with the condition with funding under the eHealth and Data Analytics Dementia Pathfinder Programme. To access apps4dementia, click here

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  • Netherlands sets standard for UK to follow on young onset dementia

    Netherlands sets standard for UK to follow on young onset dementia

    25.11.19 In the UK patchy provision of young onset dementia services is often criticised, but a model of what they could become was presented by Dr Christian Bakker from the Netherlands at a conference in London this week. Dr Bakker told the Young Dementia Annual Conference, organised by JDC in association with University College London, that more than 30 health providers across the Netherlands had now committed to a national quality standard on young onset dementia (YOD). “We’ve come quite far in the Netherlands regarding these services and this year we’ve introduced a dementia care standard which guarantees access to specialised diagnostic services,” he said. “It’s now a legal requirement for young people to have access to services for young onset.” There were now five specialist centres for YOD diagnosis across the country, some specialising in a particular dementia subtype and all having the necessary neurological expertise.

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  • Manifesto pledges made on social care but will they be enough?

    Manifesto pledges made on social care but will they be enough?

    22.11.19 Political parties have made a series of social care pledges in their newly published election manifestos, including from the Conservatives a promise to spend an extra £1 billion a year on social care and to hold cross-party talks on a long-term solution. In contrast, Labour put forward proposals for free personal care, extending the system which already exists in Scotland, as part of a much broader package in every sphere of policy that would add £83 billion a year to public spending by the government. Alzheimer’s Society liked elements of both policies while sounding serious notes of caution. Life-size cardboard cut-outs of the three main party leaders took to the stage when the politicians themselves failed to attend a conference on social care run by The Independent Care Group (ICG).

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  • E-Newsletter - 22 Nov 2019

    E-Newsletter - 22 Nov 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include manifesto pledges on social care, a dementia care app library, and the Netherlands setting the standard on young onset dementia services. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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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 November/December 2019 issue we asked: "What is your top priority for changing the care system to better meet the needs of people with dementia from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups?"

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  • E-Newsletter - 15 Nov 2019

    E-Newsletter - 15 Nov 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include a new book on murals in care homes, recruitment for the first Admiral Nurse in the field of learning disabilites and the new general election manifesto from Age UK, It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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