Ming Hung Hsu explains how music therapy can help care professionals respond better to the needs of people with dementia, reducing distressing symptoms and improving quality of care
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Sight loss affects tens of thousands of people with dementia, but with the right understanding, education and awareness, they can be supported to live well. Paul Ursell and Gemma Jolly show how one influential committee is making a difference
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David Sheard explains why the quality of interior engagement in care homes is so important
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Singing in harmony creates togetherness and belonging among people with young onset dementia. Claire Watts and Sabrina Findlay report
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Pre-assessment counselling is helping to minimise anxiety surrounding the diagnostic process. Anna Buckell and colleagues discuss findings from their early intervention service
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Too few care home residents get the chance to engage regularly in meaningful activity, yet it can have a powerful impact on wellbeing. Julia Wood, Liezl Mari Anderson and Raymond Smith look at how an “active residents” programme is helping
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Virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie used her listening skills to make meaningful connections with care home residents with dementia. Helen Scott explains how the Love is Listening project worked
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Petra Pollux and John Hudson developed the “cognitive daisy” as a simple guide to the cognitive status of care home residents. Care is better adapted to residents’ needs as a result, they argue
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By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
As the days grow shorter and temperatures fall, the annual anxiety about ‘flu and whether or not to be vaccinated against it returns to plague us.
For care home operators this is a vexed question. Without doubt, flu carries-off elderly people every year, and the contagious nature of influenza makes it a big headache for care homes and hospitals.
But there is very real doubt about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, with some scientists putting its effectiveness as no more than 50%. No one claims it to be 100% effective, and it is demonstrably not the case; many of us will know of someone who has had the jab, only to subsequently develop flu.
And there is some doubt about the safety of the vaccine, and while most health authorities do their best to assuage people’s fears, one … Read More »
Specialist care provider Voyage Care has acquired Focused Healthcare Ltd (FHL), which provides care services to children and young people with complex, acute and chronic illnesses. Based in London, FHL was set up in 2009 by paediatric nurse Nicki Nicholls who will continue to manage day-to-day operations at FHL as managing director.
FHL and Voyage Care provide complementary specialist care and support services, with FHL focusing on providing specialist care to children and Voyage Care predominantly supporting adults.