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  • 'Dangerous complacency' warning from Society after PMs speech

    'Dangerous complacency' warning from Society after PMs speech

    11.05.20 Shortly before announcing a slight easing of the coronavirus lockdown and a change of message to “stay alert” yesterday, PM Boris Johnson told the Commons that he “bitterly regrets” the impact of the virus on care homes. In PM’s Questions he had said a “huge effort” was being made and that there had been a “palpable improvement” in recent days. He said the government’s ambition was to hit 200,000 tests a day by the end of May, although it is currently falling short of the 100,000 target set for the end of April. Responding to the PM’s suggestions of a recent improvement, Alzheimer’s Society head of policy Gavin Terry said it hadn’t seen any evidence that deaths in care homes were slowing down. “Any other implication would be dangerously complacent,” Terry said.

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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 May/June 2020 issue we asked: Caring well for people with dementia and preventing the condition in the first place are among the major challenges of our time. How important will technological innovation be to success?

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  • Top research bodies produce guidance on how to cope during crisis

    Top research bodies produce guidance on how to cope during crisis

    07.05.20 A leaflet from leading research institutions offers practical self-help tips for people with dementia and their carers during the Covid-19 outbreak. It is the first fruit of a major project, partly funded by the National Institute for Health Research, to support people affected by dementia through the emergency. The leaflet gives tips on five key points: staying safe and well, staying connected, keeping a sense of purpose, staying active and staying positive. Click here

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  • Survey asks care home staff how they deal with Covid challenge

    Survey asks care home staff how they deal with Covid challenge

    06.05.20 Sharp rises in care home deaths from Covid-19 have prompted Alzheimer’s Society to ask care home workers how they are dealing with the challenges they face during the crisis. Staff in care homes are requested to provide answers to a short set of questions, helping the Society to prioritise the most urgent issues as it brings pressure on the government. Survey takes around 5 minutes to complete here

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  • Massive financial pressures on care sector could lead to closures.

    Massive financial pressures on care sector could lead to closures.

    05.05.20 Huge cost pressures on social care providers locally could mean that many “go to the wall” unless the government steps up funding, the Independent Care Group (ICG) of care homes has warned. ICG chair Mike Padgham said the extra £3.2 billion social care funding from government for March/April was “nowhere near enough”. His warning came as Mario Kreft, chair of Care Forum Wales, claimed that Wales could lose half of its care homes within a year unless urgent action was taken.

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  • Alzheimer Scotland makes first move to reopen dementia facilities

    Alzheimer Scotland makes first move to reopen dementia facilities

    04.05.20 Alzheimer Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to allow it to reopen its Dementia Resource Centres and give people access to therapy. Henry Simmons, the chief executive, said he has written to the government asking for permission “for one or two people at any one time to attend a local centre and participate in individual therapeutic activity”. Pointing out that it would also provide carers and families with a “much needed” short period of respite, Simmons added that the measure would be accompanied by appropriate safeguards. “This will require the highest level of safe social distancing practice and cross-infection controls and we are confident that our local staff and volunteer teams can do this,” he said. Many of the charity's face-to-face groups and activities have been moved online during the pandemic.

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  • National Care Forum urges government to track cases

    National Care Forum urges government to track cases

    04.05.20 Following news that coronavirus deaths in care homes had tragically doubled in a week, the National Care Forum (NCF) urged the government to make tracking cases a key priority. Figures now indicate that a third of all coronavirus deaths are happening in care homes.“The numbers revealed today make it more important than ever that we build a ‘ring of steel’ around care homes,” said NCF executive director Vic Rayner. “They need the right PPE equipment, medical monitoring devices, rapid and comprehensive testing, proper funding and intensive research to safeguard the people they care for. This virus is not going away – this data shows that the ‘whatever it takes’ mantra must be applied urgently to protect the most vulnerable in social care, as we have to the NHS. We need action and we need it now.”

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  • Care home deaths from Covid-19 have exceeded 6000

    Care home deaths from Covid-19 have exceeded 6000

    01.05.20 New data on coronavirus deaths released by the government indicate that 3,700 deaths occurred in care homes up to the middle of April. Government statistics, which included care home and community deaths from the virus for the first time this week, show that fatalities now exceed 26,000 overall and continue to rise. A BBC analysis of figures published by the Office for National Statistics and its counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland suggests that by the end of April care home deaths may have gone over the 6,000 mark. All care home staff and residents became eligible for testing this week following a vociferous campaign by the sector.

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  • E-Newsletter  1 May 2020

    E-Newsletter 1 May 2020

    We are delighted to bring you the week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. In this Weekly Newsletter, which is part of your subscription to the Journal of Dementia Care, we are taking some of the best stories from our dementia care newsfeed and adding some of our own “Editor’s Picks”. Ideas and contributions always welcome at mark.ivory@investorpublishing.co.uk

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  • How to interview people with dementia for social research

    How to interview people with dementia for social research

    01.05.20 How do you overcome the ethical, methodological and practical challenges of interviewing people with dementia for the purposes of social care research? A new review from King’s College London’s Dr Kritika Samsi and Professor Jill Manthorpe seeks to answer the question, casting light on issues like gaining consent, taking account of the symptoms of dementia, and analysing data. Aids such as Talking Mats and field notes are also discussed in the report, published by the NIHR School for Social Care Research here

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