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  • Social care winter plan 'should not lead to blanket lockdown'

    Social care winter plan 'should not lead to blanket lockdown'

    28.09.20 Leading charities have insisted that the government’s new social care winter plan should not lead to a blanket lockdown in care homes. In a joint blog Age UK and the National Care Forum (NCF) say that the plan does not ban care home visits by residents’ relatives but “gets awfully close to it”. They point out that in government “areas of intervention,” mostly now in the north of England, there is already a blanket lockdown covering nearly 20% of care homes, meaning no visits can take place. “That is to say nothing of the many more hundreds of thousands of people impacted by homes being in localised lockdowns through the decision of their director of public health, as a result of being in areas which are on a [Public Health England] watchlist,” Age UK charity director Caroline Abrahams and NCF director Vic Rayner say. Link here

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  • E-Newsletter - 25 Sept 2020

    E-Newsletter - 25 Sept 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include an update on Covid-19 and two research projects showing the effect on stress and distress of music and pain. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Every Small Step counts in walking challenge for dementia carers

    Every Small Step counts in walking challenge for dementia carers

    25.09.20 The charity Dementia Carers Count has set a walking challenge to raise funds and give more prominence to the lives and experiences of family and friends caring for someone with dementia. It is hoped that enough people will take part in the “Every Small Step” initiative, walking anything from 100 to 10,000 steps each, to reach a cumulative total of 700,000 steps, which is one step for every dementia carer in the country. On every day of the event, which runs from 18 - 22 October, a specially recorded podcast will be released featuring carers, public figures, healthcare professionals and others. To register and take part, click here

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  • Campaign highlights support for LGBT+ people and carers

    Campaign highlights support for LGBT+ people and carers

    24.09.20 To mark World Alzheimer’s Month and Dementia Carers Day (13 September), Opening Doors London (ODL) has launched a social media campaign highlighting the work of the ODL Rainbow Memory Café and the new online Rainbow Carers group. These groups support LGBT+ people with dementia and carers. Highlights of the campaign include a series of video interviews explaining the value of tailored support for LGBT+ people affected by dementia and a blog by a member describing the experience of caring for his partner with dementia during lockdown. More info here

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  • BBC Music Memories launches playlist

    BBC Music Memories launches playlist

    23.09.20 A BBC World Service Music Memories project has launched with the aim of starting a “global conversation” to help trigger the memories of people with dementia. Rolled out to coincide with World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 Sept, an international playlist has been compiled with contributions from numerous countries all the way from Afghanistan to Argentina. The initiative is hosted on the BBC Music Memories website, which offers thousands of free music clips to stimulate the memory. More info here

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  • Extra nursing staff should be allocated to care homes, Society says

    Extra nursing staff should be allocated to care homes, Society says

    22.09.20 With care homes “once again closing their doors” amid a new upsurge in coronavirus cases, Alzheimer’s Society said steps should be taken to ensure families could still visit relatives in care homes. While the Society said the government’s adult social care winter plan was “positive”, it added that the proposals needed to go further by allocating nursing staff to individual care homes throughout the pandemic. “Despite best efforts from hardworking care staff, over a quarter of all Covid-19 deaths have been people with dementia, and the rise in care home infections that we’re now seeing - even though there has been little lifting of restrictions on those homes - is extremely concerning,” said Fiona Carragher, director of research and influencing at the charity. “We must make sure people with dementia are not cut off from vital visits from their loved ones."

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  • 'Tailored visiting plans' needed as potential second spike looms

    'Tailored visiting plans' needed as potential second spike looms

    22.09.20 As Alzheimer Scotland celebrated its 40th anniversary yesterday on World Alzheimer’s Day, the charity’s chief executive Henry Simmons is urging the Scottish Government to make arrangements for tailored visiting plans for every family with a relative in a care home. Simmons said that every family should have a named health worker who would work with the family and the care home on the visiting plan, with a view to overcoming “current blockages” to reintroducing care home visits. “We are heading into the winter months and a potential second spike in the spread of the virus,” Simmons added. “We need to protect people, but we also need to balance that with the increasing evidence of the unintended harm that we have seen over the past six months. We simply cannot go into the next few months without learning from what we now know.”

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  • E-Newsletter - 18 Sept 2020

    E-Newsletter - 18 Sept 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include the latest updates on Coronavirus, the adult social care winter plan, the World Alzheimer Report 2020 and a new BBC Music Memories project.

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  • World Alzheimer's report

    World Alzheimer's report

    21.09.20 Publishing the World Alzheimer’s Report on World Alzheimer’s Day today, a global dementia charity has urged governments to recognise dementia as a disability and ensure buildings are designed accordingly. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) said governments could set standards for good dementia design, so that the resulting therapeutic benefits were available to people at home, residential and day care facilities, hospitals and other public buildings and spaces. ADI chief executive Paola Barbarino said dementia design provided an opportunity to adapt built environments in the same way as physical disability design had led to great innovation. More info here

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  • Adult social care winter plan published

    Adult social care winter plan published

    21.09.20 Care homes will have to restrict the movement of staff as part of the adult social care winter plan announced by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the winter months. Under the plan, which includes free personal protective equipment (PPE) and an additional £546 million for the Infection Control Fund, local providers must restrict all but essential movement of staff between care settings. The government said it could ask local authorities and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to take “strong action” where staff movement was not being restricted, including issuing warning notices and placing conditions on a provider’s registration. Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are entering a critical phase in our fight against coronavirus with winter on the horizon. The winter plan gives providers the certainty they need when it comes to PPE and provides additional support to help care homes to limit the movement of staff, stop the spread of coronavirus and save lives"

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