Tag: Carers/Families


Campaign launch to improve family access to care homes

Posted on September 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Campaign launch to improve family access to care homes

A campaign supporting the rights of families to visit at any time and help with care to those living with dementia in care homes is to be launched on Tuesday, October 24th.

Originally introduced to hospitals, John’s Campaign was set up by Nicci Gerrard and her friend Julia Jones, after the death of Nicci’s father John following a catastrophic hospital stay.

The campaign upholds family values and expects dignity in care and is fully supported by Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society and many other organisations.

This project now welcomes care homes to join – supported by Care England and the Care Quality Commission. Maggie Candy, regional manager for Guide Total Care Group, which has taken up John’s Campaign, said it was particularly applicable to care homes.

“This ethos fits in with all personalisation including ‘End of Care’ and Gold Standards thinking,” said Ms Candy.

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Families angered by regulator’s refusal to review rating

Posted on September 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Families angered by regulator’s refusal to review rating

A group of residents’ families have come out in support of a Shropshire care operator after it lost its appeal to have its rating reviewed by

the industry regulator.

Family members of residents at the Uplands care home, in Shrewsbury, are backing its owner, Marches Care, after it appealed against the ‘good’ rating given by the Care Quality Commission.

Marches Care says the process by which the rating was given was flawed and “grossly unfair”, and it was on those grounds, rather than the rating itself, that the operator had appealed.

“We are outraged because we can’t see how it is possible to provide better care than that which our loved ones receive at the Uplands,” said Jill Wellings, whose husband Dick has been at the Uplands for five years.

“I worked for 37 years in general practice and investigated a lot of homes before … Read More »


The tide is turning for carers

Posted on July 24th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Anna Gaughan explains how a growing UK-wide network, tide – together in dementia everyday, is ensuring that the expertise of carers influences dementia policy, research and practice 

Vol 25 No 4 Page 12


Our priorities are upside down: policies should put carers first

Posted on May 22nd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Failure to invest in services for an ageing society has meant that they are increasingly reliant on family carers. In the final article of their series, Jill Manthorpe and Steve Iliffe examine the problems faced by carers and ask what it will take to provide them with better support

Vol 25 No 3 May/June 2017 Page 18


Spouse carers: the importance of motivation

Posted on March 13th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Family carers are a crucial resource in the care and support of people with dementia, but their motivations for caring can make the difference between success and failure. William Tai discusses his study of support workers’ views on the way motivations can change and undermine carers’ health

Vol 25 No 2 Page 32


Younger people – an innovative partnership

Posted on November 21st, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Jacqueline Hussey and colleagues describe an innovative NHS and voluntary sector partnership in Berkshire, providing cost-effective and age-appropriate intervention, prevention, improved wellbeing and integration for younger people with dementia and their carers

Vol 24 No 6 Pages 20-22


Choosing a nursing home: families need more support

Posted on July 25th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Nursing homes are sometimes the best option for people with advanced dementia, but what is it like choosing one? Susan Ashton, Brenda Roe and Barbara Jack report on their study of family caregiver experiences

Vol 24 No 4 Page 22


Partnership working to improve diagnosis and care

Posted on July 25th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Derek Dodd, Carlvin Josephs and Diane Bardsley describe how Dorset more than doubled diagnosis rates when they were the lowest in England, and improved support for people with dementia and carers before and after diagnosis

Vol 24 No 4 Page 20


Communication skills: emPoWereD Conversations

Posted on July 25th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Ordinary communication between people can be disrupted by dementia, but a new training programme offers a solution. Sue Bellass, Phil McEvoy and Tracey Williamson report

Vol 24 No 4 Page 16


Campaign for carers to stay in hospital

Posted on July 25th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

John’s Campaign argues that carers should have the right to stay overnight in hospital if their loved ones have dementia. Phil Harper explains how it was implemented in Hampshire

Vol 24 No 4 Page 14



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