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  • E-Newsletter - 09.04.20

    E-Newsletter - 09.04.20

    In this Weekly Newsletter, which is part of your subscription to the Journal of Dementia Care, we're 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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  • More Covid-19 tests promised for care homes

    More Covid-19 tests promised for care homes

    15.04.20 All care home residents and staff with Covid-19 symptoms will be tested for coronavirus as laboratory capacity increases, the government has promised. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was "determined" to ensure everyone who needed a test had access to one. Care providers have been calling for more testing for weeks, with charities saying the virus is "running wild" amid outbreaks at more than 2,000 homes. One of Britain's largest care home operators, HC-One, said the virus represented about one-third of all deaths at HC-One's care homes over the previous three weeks. BBC story here

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  • South Yorkshire provider gives pay rise for work during outbreak

    South Yorkshire provider gives pay rise for work during outbreak

    15.04.20 South Yorkshire care provider Silver Healthcare has given staff a pay rise in recognition of the demands placed on them by the coronavirus pandemic. Silver Healthcare, which runs the Rosebank and Leahyrst care homes for older people in the Sheffield area, will give staff a 21.8% pay rise after restructuring a six-figure loan from HSBC, the company said. Roy Young, managing director of Silver Healthcare, added: “Our staff have done an incredible job to continue providing high quality care to some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Not only have they delivered this care against the backdrop of an international crisis, but they have done so with unrelenting enthusiasm and a smile.” The company, which employs 61 staff, said professional carers, kitchen, laundry, domestic, maintenance and admin staff would all benefit from the pay rise.

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  • Immediate action to stop  Covid-9 spread in care homes

    Immediate action to stop Covid-9 spread in care homes

    14.04.20 In a letter to health secretary Matt Hancock, Alzheimer’s Society called for immediate action to stop the spread of Covid-19 in care homes. Sent just as it was announced that 15 people had died in a Luton care home after a coronavirus outbreak there, the letter said that staff were struggling to cope without proper testing or protective equipment. According to the Independent website, Alzheimer’s Society told Hancock that tens of thousands of dementia patients were at risk of being “abandoned” to Covid-19 in care homes and warned that at least half of care homes were reporting cases of coronavirus. It said dozens of residents had already died during the outbreak amid concerns about lack of testing for the virus.

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  • Government issues new guidance for unpaid carers on Covid-19

    Government issues new guidance for unpaid carers on Covid-19

    13.04.20 Further government guidance on Covid-19 was issued yesterday, this time for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family. It is intended for unpaid carers of people who have one of the underlying conditions putting them at particular risk and who cannot cope without their support: lifelong conditions, illness, disability, serious injury, or a mental health condition or addiction. The guidance advises all unpaid carers to create an emergency plan with the person cared for, which would come into effect if help from friends, family or a care provider were suddenly needed during the outbreak. For the guidance CLICK HERE

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  • E-Newsletter - 3 Apr 2020

    E-Newsletter - 3 Apr 2020

    These are difficult times and I very much hope you will find my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment helpful. In this Weekly Newsletter, which is part of your subscription to the Journal of Dementia Care, I'm taking some of the best stories from our dementia care newsfeed and adding some of my own “Editor’s Picks”. Ideas and contributions always welcome at mark.ivory@investorpublishing.co.uk

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  • Organisers forced to cancel Care Home Open Day

    Organisers forced to cancel Care Home Open Day

    10.04.20 Care Home Open Day, which had been due to take place on 26 June, has been cancelled. The eighth Open Day, a partnership with Care England, National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), and the National Care Forum (NCF), had been due to be themed around music, arts, innovation and technology, and was seen as a chance to strengthen bonds between homes and the communities where they are based. NCF promised that next year’s event would be “bigger and better than ever before” - the 2021 Open Day will also be held in June, although the precise date is to be confirmed.

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  • Free book to help people with dementia understand Covid-19

    Free book to help people with dementia understand Covid-19

    09.04.20 A free “Covid-19 Information Tool Kit” has been produced to help people living with dementia to understand what is happening and why. It takes the form of a book, which has been written to give an overview of the basic facts and includes poster material to help with relaying and remembering them. It has been put together by Dementia: The Montessori Way and the information in it has come from government websites and literature. Lynne Phair, independent nurse consultant for Milford Care, said the book was evidence-based and would help care staff explain the pandemic to residents.CLICK HERE

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  • Government tries to reassure as PPE shortage hits social care

    Government tries to reassure as PPE shortage hits social care

    08.04.20 Government officials have tried to reassure the care sector amid reports that personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies intended to protect staff and residents in care homes were being requisitioned by the NHS for use in hospitals. Chronic shortages of masks, gloves and googles meant that care homes were increasingly reluctant to take in new residents, the Guardian newspaper claimed, and that government targets to discharge older people from hospital were unlikely to be met. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has sought to allay concerns about the supply of PPE for social care staff looking after people with Covid-19. In a letter to health and social care providers, the DHSC said it was addressing capacity constraints in the system by setting up a parallel supply chain “to improve the speed and reliability of delivery for these items.”

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  • Anxiety grows about how dementia will be seen in critical care decisions

    Anxiety grows about how dementia will be seen in critical care decisions

    07.04.20 As the need for critical care beds grows, there is mounting anxiety that people who would ordinarily be allocated a bed may not get it because of their dementia. Alzheimer’s Society said it had been “inundated” with calls about COVID-19, often from people worried that if they went into hospital they would not receive the right care. In particular, there were fears that the clinical frailty score system, under which those who are especially frail can be denied critical care, could be misused to deny such care even to someone with mild dementia. “NICE have made it clear to us that no decisions on critical care should be taken using the frailty score in isolation, with decisions purely based on a number,” the Society said. “Instead the most important thing is that clinicians are expected to carry out a holistic assessment that looks at all aspects of the person’s health and wellbeing, not just their dementia or frailty score.”

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