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  • Journal of Dementia Care and other titles sold to Investor Publishing

    Journal of Dementia Care and other titles sold to Investor Publishing

    20.03.19 Hawker Publications has completed the sale of the Journal of Dementia Care to Investor Publishing (IP), publishers of HealthInvestor magazine. JDC and its team are now part of IP along with other former Hawker publications Caring Times and NMT (Nursery Management Today), although Hawker will retain its book publishing operation. Hawker managing director Richard Hawkins, who will continue to be involved as founder director, paid tribute to the journal teams, adding: “We think the [Hawker] assets will complement those in IP very well and that the merger will be very successful.” Investor Publishing is a business information and events company focusing on investment activity in the health and education sectors.

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  • E-Newsletter 15 March 2019

    E-Newsletter 15 March 2019

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include the social care Green Paper and a hospital study to reduce falls. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • No time to lose in signing parliamentary petition for more research funds

    No time to lose in signing parliamentary petition for more research funds

    19.03.19 Time is running out to sign an Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) petition on the parliament website calling on the government to put 1% of the total annual cost of dementia towards dementia research. By this morning just over 29,000 signatures had been collected, but 100,000 are needed by 25 March if the issue is to be considered for debate in parliament. Ahead of the chancellor’s spring statement this week, which brought forth no extra funding, ARUK chief executive Hilary Evans told the Express newspaper that “dementia research and treatment lags far behind other major disease areas like cancer – this inequity has resulted in slower progress in our ability to treat dementia.” According to ARUK, in 2016-17 the government committed £83.1 million to dementia research; in contrast, cancer research received £269 million in 2015-16. Petition HERE

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  • Chancellor announces new delay to Green Paper

    Chancellor announces new delay to Green Paper

    18.03.19 In his spring statement last week chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond signalled yet another delay in the social care Green Paper, which is now expected in the summer. In last year’s spring statement, the Green Paper was promised in summer 2018. Hammond told the Commons on Wednesday that a review of social care would be part of a broader departmental spending review in the summer as long as a Brexit deal had been concluded. “Not for the first time the chancellor held out the prospect of unspecified amounts of ‘jam tomorrow’ for our beleaguered social care system, but only if a deal to leave the European Union is agreed by parliament,” said Age UK charity director Caroline Abrahams. “Given the uncertainty over that, it is difficult to be at all confident that relief is on the way any time soon."

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  • New Admiral Nurse appointment adds to growing number in Hospices

    New Admiral Nurse appointment adds to growing number in Hospices

    15.03.19 A Newcastle hospice has appointed an Admiral Nurse specifically to improve end of life care as part of what charity Dementia UK described as a “growing number” of dementia specialist nurses working in hospice settings. Maya Gorton, who has taken the job at St Oswald’s Hospice, will be involved in creating an end of life care pathway in response to the rising prevalence of dementia in Newcastle upon Tyne. Part of her role will be to connect patients with palliative care teams, community nurses and other forms of support and therapy. Julie Allen, strategic business development manager at Dementia UK, which provides training and support for the nurses said “Maya will play an important role in ensuring that the increasing number of families living with dementia in Newcastle are supported when times are challenging for people affected by dementia in the later stages of life.”

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  • Advance care planning trial reveals positive outcomes

    Advance care planning trial reveals positive outcomes

    14.03.18 An advance care planning (ACP) trial in 24 Northern Ireland dementia care homes has demonstrated positive outcomes for family carers. In the randomised controlled trial, conducted by Queen’s University, specially trained nurses undertook ACP with the family carers of residents who lacked decision-making capacity. Researchers explored whether family carers felt sufficiently informed and supported to take part in decisions about a loved one’s care as well as any distress they might feel. They found that ACP “significantly improved” carers’ confidence to participate in end of life care decision-making for their relative as well as resulting in positive family perceptions of care. But ACP did not impact on the family’s psychological distress. More HERE

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  • Sharp increase in LPA investigations

    Sharp increase in LPA investigations

    13.03.19 A sharp rise in complaints about abuses of power of attorney is causing problems for families, a report in the Telegraph newspaper claims. It says the government’s Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) carried out 1,886 complaints investigations in England and Wales last year, a rise of 50% on the previous year. Complaints concerned lasting powers of attorney (LPA) for finance, often arising from allegations of misuse of funds or fraud by the attorney appointed to make financial decisions on behalf of someone who lacks capacity. But the report implies that many complaints are unsubstantiated and cause major problems for families trying to pay for care. Evete Hall, who applied for an LPA for her father after he suffered a stroke and showed signs of dementia, said an OPG investigation meant she could not pay for his care out of his pension income. “Debts are racking up and money is going out,” she tells the Telegraph.

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  • Overall care home performance drops in more than a third of Councils

    Overall care home performance drops in more than a third of Councils

    12.03.19 A review of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections has revealed that the overall quality of care homes has worsened in more than a third of local authorities. Comparing inspection data in January 2019 with the previous January, charity Independent Age discovered that performance dropped in 37% of councils, compared with 22% during the year before. In the Manchester local authority area 44% of care homes were rated inadequate or requires improvement, the charity said. George McNamara, Independent Age’s director of policy and influencing, said the government had done nothing to address the quality of care for older people, “many of whom live with conditions such as dementia and who are being robbed of their ability to enjoy life as much as possible.” The charity said that more than 2.6 million older people live in areas where increasing numbers of homes are rated inadequate or requires improvement, meaning that they “have no choice but to choose a poorly performing care home.

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  • E-Newsletter - 08.03.19

    E-Newsletter - 08.03.19

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include care home performance, the increase in LPA investigations and research findings on advance care planning. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • Health for Care coalition warns PM that social care is 'near collapse'

    Health for Care coalition warns PM that social care is 'near collapse'

    11.03.19 A coalition of health organisations has urged the government to get to grips with the social care crisis and pointed out in a letter to Theresa May that at least 1.4 million older people in England now receive no help because the system is failing. Services in parts of the country are “near collapse,” the Health for Care coalition said, describing its letter as a “sign of frustration and desperation within the health sector.” It said that social care needed a funding settlement to put it on a “sustainable path for the longer term” as a result of the government’s long delayed Green Paper. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “Record numbers of older people are being left to struggle each day without the care and support they need. Finding a sustainable solution is among the greatest challenges we face. Successive governments have failed to deal with this, but we have reached a point where we cannot go like this - time is running out.”

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