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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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  • How dementia affects sight and visual processing

    How dementia affects sight and visual processing

    Visual impairment is common among people with dementia and may go untreated even when it is treatable. In the first of two articles on the impact of dementia on eyesight, Marianne Piano considers treatable sight loss and visual processing pathways in the brain

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  • The voices of people with dementia, loud and clear

    The voices of people with dementia, loud and clear

    Scottish activists pioneered the assertion of rights for people with dementia across the globe. Philly Hare and Arlene Crockett chart this history in their new book Loud and Clear

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  • Slow living: a care home in lockdown

    Slow living: a care home in lockdown

    Care homes have been stretched to the limit – and beyond – in the pandemic, but Charlie Hoare also found a gentler side to life during lockdown. Also, the growing use of technology for communicating with families has exciting potential, he reports.

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  • Labour letter to government warns against repeat mistakes

    Labour letter to government warns against repeat mistakes

    15.09.20 The Labour party has warned that the Government has weeks to put winter care home plans in place or risk a repeat of past mistakes, following a rise in coronavirus cases in care homes. In a letter to the Government they have called for five key areas of action: guaranteed weekly, rapid testing; correct PPE; urgent additional support for families to enable visiting; NHS support for care homes and additional resources for social care. Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at Alzheimer's Society, commented: "Make no mistake, the Government must take reports of rising coronavirus cases in care homes very seriously and take the necessary action to save lives. The virus was allowed to spread like wildfire through care homes earlier this year, causing utter devastation and thousands of deaths - people with dementia have been worst hit."

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  • Live-in care company Elder hits growth spurt

    Live-in care company Elder hits growth spurt

    18.09.20 A sign that live-in care has emerged strongly from the pandemic is the success of Elder Care, which has been named one of the UK’s fastest growing companies in the Sunday Times Sage Tech Track 100. The live-in care agency, which provides round-the-clock care for people in their own homes, recently announced the creation of 1,500 new jobs, increasing the size of its workforce by 50%. It reported “record-breaking demand” and claimed that thousands of families were seeking alternatives to residential care. According to Elder Care, mortality rates among its clients have been 83% lower than for people in residential care. “Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge to everyone working in the social care space,” said Elder Care’s CEO Pete Dowds. “It’s a challenge that, as a tech-enabled care company, we were uniquely positioned to meet.”

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  • Appeal for funds for manufacturing HUG

    Appeal for funds for manufacturing HUG

    17.09.20 A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise money so that a playful object shown to help people with advanced dementia can be made commercially available. The soft, comforting objects - called by the registered trademark HUG - are the result of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s LAUGH research programme which found that they made a significant difference to people’s quality of life. A new business, HUG by LAUGH, has now been set up with support from the university and assistance from Alzheimer’s Society to manufacture and market the objects. It is also hoped to broaden the market for the product. More info here

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