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  • Australian study of care via video-link

    Australian study of care via video-link

    30.04.20 An Australian study has uncovered evidence that health and care support via video-link can be as effective as face-to-face home visits. Research with 63 people living with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners discovered that “telehealth” services, using video-conferencing technology, could both save travel time for care workers and equip families with strategies to promote the independence of people with dementia. “Giving care partners strategies to cope with, and delay, functional decline in people living with dementia is a priority, given that about 70% of people with dementia live in their own home with support from family members and friends,” said lead researcher Kate Laver, associate professor at Flinders University.

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  • Live 'Singing for the Brain' on Facebook

    Live 'Singing for the Brain' on Facebook

    29.04.20 An invitation to “Singing for the Brain” has been extended to the whole country with a live broadcast on Facebook on Thursday 30 April at 3pm. The “virtual” sing-along organised by Alzheimer’s Society will see all-comers join together with people with dementia in renditions of old classics like Fly Me to the Moon and Singin’ in the Rain. “Dementia Choir” and “Line of Duty” star Vicky McClure will be among the participants, as will Scouting for Girls’ Roy Stride and former Emmerdale actor John Middleton. Alzheimer’s Society has had to close local Singing for the Brain groups during the outbreak, but it is hoped that the virtual sing-along will help people with dementia struggling to cope realise that they are not alone.

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  • Alzheimer's Society demands daily care home Covid-19 data

    Alzheimer's Society demands daily care home Covid-19 data

    28.04.20 Alzheimer’s Society has launched a campaign for daily coronavirus data from care homes, claiming that without “accurate and frequent” data it will be harder to understand the problem and ensure people with dementia receive the support they need. Daily data would allow local services to respond more quickly and save more lives, the Society said. It added: “Care home residents are real people, not just numbers. They are parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents and friends. They have their own likes and dislikes, passions, achievements and annoyances. Everything that can be done to protect them, should be done. And, if they do pass, then we must acknowledge their passing, not disregard it.”

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  • GMB poll: majority of care workers fear passing on Covid-19

    GMB poll: majority of care workers fear passing on Covid-19

    24.04.20 A poll by the union GMB found that 86% of care workers are worried about passing on Covid-19 to their family or household. The survey of more than 2,200 care workers also found that 99% had not been tested for the virus and one in five had considered quitting over the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). Almost three-quarters feared that colleagues would die if they were infected with coronavirus at work. "Care workers are expected to keep our loved ones safe with inadequate protection, poverty wages and a pittance in sick pay if they get ill,” said GMB national officer Rachel Harrison. “They’re terrified – not just for themselves, but for the people they look after and their families at home.” The Department of Health and Social Care announced yesterday that coronavirus testing had been extended to all essential workers in England who have symptoms.

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  • E-Newsletter - 24 Apr 2020

    E-Newsletter - 24 Apr 2020

    We are delighted to bring you our 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, there are some of the best stories from our dementia care newsfeed and adding some “Editor’s Picks”. Ideas and contributions always welcome at

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  • Dementia is high on list of underlying health conditions in virus deaths

    Dementia is high on list of underlying health conditions in virus deaths

    22.04.20 An analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) finds that 91% of individuals dying from Covid-19 have underlying health conditions and that dementia is the second most common of these. Only heart disease was more common in those who died, based on a sample of nearly 4,000 deaths during March in England and Wales where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate. The ONS also looked at the most frequent underlying causes of death overall during the same period, finding that coronavirus was third after dementia/Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

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  • E-Newsletter - 17 Apr 2020
  • Prices paid for PPE rocket as care homes turn to private suppliers

    Prices paid for PPE rocket as care homes turn to private suppliers

    21.04.20 Care home provider MHA (Methodist Homes) is paying five times more than usual for face masks as the sector continues to struggle with sourcing sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE). MHA told the Press Association that it had been forced to spend £200,000 on face masks from a private supplier because it could not rely on getting them through the government pipeline. MHA chief executive Sam Monaghan said the charity could not carry on “having to procure kit from the private market at heavily inflated prices because the government supply is insufficient”. He told the PA news agency: “We are almost four weeks in now, and MHA area managers are still driving every night picking up stock from one home, taking it to another, reallocating based on confirmed and suspected cases, but of course that’s neither the best nor the most sustainable approach.

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  • Sceptical reaction to new plans for care home PPE

    Sceptical reaction to new plans for care home PPE

    20.04.20 New government plans to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to care homes were greeted sceptically by some in the care sector when they were announced last Wednesday. Brunelcare CEO Oona Goldsworthy said her care homes were “just days away” from running out of PPE and that government emergency planning should have been actioned weeks ago. “The lack of PPE equipment across the industry is simply unacceptable, with some providers like us being just days away from running out entirely, all while caring for residents who have confirmed cases of coronavirus,” Goldsworthy said. “The government's emergency PPE planning provision is failing to work for the entire sector. As an industry we have also had considerably mixed messages about PPE from the government with messaging being misleading, inaccurate and confusing.”

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  • Government promises to beef up care sector support

    Government promises to beef up care sector support

    17.04.20 Health secretary Matt Hancock announced a new action plan this week to beef up support for adult social care during the pandemic after an angry attack on the government’s performance from care sector bodies. Hancock said the plan would reduce outbreaks as some estimates suggested that more than half care homes had had a coronavirus outbreak, although the health secretary put the proportion affected at 15%. Also included in the action plan are better access to personal protective equipment (PPE), a promise to ramp up testing and the recruitment of more staff. A new “CARE” badge is designed to ensure that care staff receive the same access to benefits as NHS staff. The government initiative came two days after care sector bodies, including Alzheimer’s Society, wrote to Hancock to tell him that lack of PPE was putting the lives of staff at risk.

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