Tag: Dementia Care


One hour of social interaction each week improves dementia care

Posted on March 1st, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on One hour of social interaction each week improves dementia care

Caring Times, March 2018

Increasing the amount of social interaction for people with dementia living in care homes to just one hour a week improves quality of life when combined with personalised care.

A large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, King’s College London and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust found that the approach also saves money.

Previous research has found that in many care homes, residents have as little as two minutes of social interaction per day.

The new study, funded by the National Institute of Health Research and published in the journal PLOS Medicine, upskilled key care home staff to deliver person-centred care. That involves simple measures such as talking to residents about their interests and involving them in decisions around their own care.

When combined with just one hour a week of social interaction, the programme improved quality of life and … Read More »


Sensory contraints

Posted on December 12th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Sensory contraints

Caring Times, November 2017

A Shrewsbury-based care provider has run training for staff by restricting their senses with goggles, mittens and ear plugs to help them gain a greater understanding of dementia.

The initiative was part of Morris Care’s ‘In Their Shoes’ campaign at its homes in Shropshire and Cheshire which aimed to give a different perspective on dementia for World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in September.

The voluntary sessions involved staff losing part of their normal senses of touch, sight and hearing – by wearing goggles, gloves and ear plugs at intervals– to simulate what it can feel like to live with dementia when trying to perform daily tasks.


Dutch dementia care provider targets UK south east

Posted on November 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Dutch dementia care provider targets UK south east

Castleoak, Mike Parsons and Dutch operator in new venture to create Martha Flora UK

Established European specialist dementia care operator Martha Flora has joined forces with care sector development specialists Castleoak and operating partner Mike Parsons to create Martha Flora UK.

Amsterdam-based Martha Flora operates specialist boutique dementia care homes across the Netherlands with 13 homes currently open or under construction.

As part of the joint venture Castleoak will provide specialist land finding and acquisition services, will manage the planning process, and design and build the high quality specialist care homes. Care sector entrepreneur Mike Parsons and his team will commission and operate the new facilities and Martha Flora will provide the brand, intellectual property and operational support.

A new company Martha Flora UK Ltd has been established and will be jointly owned by the three parties, with development and construction partner Castleoak taking … Read More »


Events celebrated dementia-friendly cinema

Posted on October 19th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on Events celebrated dementia-friendly cinema

Caring Times, November 2017

Cinemas across the UK recognised World Alzheimer’s Month in September with a series of dementia-friendly film events.

The BFI Film Audience Network and venue partners have made film accessible throughout September and beyond, for audiences living with dementia. Regular relaxed screenings, full of live entertainment, offer safe and welcoming experiences.

The film screenings are developed by venues and supported by the eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK and National Lottery funding, who provide dementia-friendly guidance, training and support to cinema operators.


William Laing publishes care home fees funding proposal

Posted on October 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on William Laing publishes care home fees funding proposal

Leading health economist William Laing has published his ‘Personal Asset Protection Guarantee’ (PAPG) White Paper, the key proposal of which is that individuals are guaranteed to keep

about three-quarters of their personal assets in the event of their needing residential care in their old age.

The White Paper deals with the question of how the cost of long term care should be divided between the State and those individuals (mainly property owners) with care needs who have the resources to pay for themselves. The PAPG proposes a novel mechanism which defines individuals’ eligibility for council support for residential care in terms of the percentage of each individual’s assets which has been spent-down since being assessed as needing care.

William Laing, the founder of healthcare analysts LaingBuission, argues that the PAPG would be more efficient and equitable as well as easier to understand than … Read More »


Sunrise collaborates with university to improve dementia care

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Sunrise collaborates with university to improve dementia care

Caring Times, October 2017

Staff from Buckinghamshire New University visited Sunrise of Purley recently to learn aboutaspects of dementia care.

The Skills and Simulation Team at the university is seeking to enhance its nursing teaching programme and has drawn inspiration from the dementia-friendly environment at Sunrise of Purley, to continue its practice-based learning opportunities for its students.

The university’s staff observed the way in which Sunrise team members interact with residents who live with dementia, the way the care community is decorated, and also learnt about the memory boxes that are created and displayed outside residents’ rooms.

The visit, which was carried out by the university’s skills & simulation facilities team leader, Samantha McCormack, and area technician, Kelly Milligan. Samantha and Kelly will incorporate what they learnt into the five-minute dementia and communication simulation that they have developed, which allows students to experience what … Read More »


Care professionals: masters of the bottom-up solution

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care professionals: masters of the bottom-up solution

‘Pioneers of social care’ was how Dr Claire Royston described the care professionals who attended the Best Practice conference in Birmingham on September 20.

Organised by Caring Times and sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care, the event brought together dozens of examples of forward-thinking and best practice from care homes across the country.

In her keynote address Dr Royston, who is group medical director for Four Seasons, said care homes needed to raise awareness of the many initiatives being taken to improve the lifes of elderly people and those with special needs.

“There are wonderful things happening in the sector but we don’t always shout about it,” said Dr Royston.

“It is a huge problem that many in the NHS feel that only they have the answers and that they need to tell the care sector what to do.

“We are all pioneers and it … Read More »


Sunrise of Purley and Bucks New University collaborate to improve dementia care

Posted on August 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sunrise of Purley and Bucks New University collaborate to improve dementia care

Staff from Buckinghamshire New University visited Sunrise of Purley recently to learn about aspects of dementia care.

The Skills and Simulation Team at the university is seeking to enhance its nursing teaching programme and has drawn inspiration from the dementia-friendly environment at Sunrise of Purley, to continue its practice-based learning opportunities for its students.

The university’s staff observed the way in which Sunrise team members interact with residents who live with dementia, the way the care community is decorated, and also learnt about the memory boxes that are created and displayed outside residents’ rooms.

The collaboration is set to continue, with team members from Sunrise of Purley having been invited to visit Buckinghamshire New University in the near future. It is hoped the continued dialogue and sharing of ideas between the two organisations will ensure the highest standards of dementia care, both in … Read More »


Findings: one social hour a week in dementia care improves lives and saves money

Posted on July 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. No Comments

Person-centred activities combined with just one hour a week of social interaction can improve quality of life and reduce agitation for people with dementia living in care homes, while saving money.

These are the findings from a large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, King’s College London and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. These results were presented in mid-July at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 (AAIC). The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The trial involved more than 800 people with dementia across 69 care homes in South London, North London and Buckinghamshire. Two ‘care staff champions’ at each home were trained over four day-long sessions, to take simple measures such as talking to residents about their interests and decisions around their own care. When combined with just one hour a week of social interaction, … Read More »


Care UK partners with Worcester research unit to develop dementia care

Posted on July 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care UK partners with Worcester research unit to develop dementia care

Major provider Care UK has selected the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester as its new partner to help it invest further in

its provision of care for people living with dementia.

The initial phase of the partnership sees an 18-month contract where the University of Worcester will support Care UK to build consistency, cohesion and continuous improvement into all aspects of dementia care in its 114 homes.

Care UK spent four months evaluating possible academic partners from universities across the UK. After narrowing it down to three, the University was chosen for its strong research base and its determination to develop a tailored programme based on a deep understanding of Care UK’s current and future dementia care services.

Announcing the partnership, Care UK’s residential care services managing director Andrew Knight said linking to an academic partner would help Care UK … Read More »



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