Tag: Dementia Care


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 »


Perthshire care home residents learning French to help tackle dementia

Posted on June 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Perthshire care home residents learning French to help tackle dementia

Balhousie Ruthven Towers care home in Auchterader has been working with social enterprise Lingo Flamingo to offer French classes to residents in a bid to help delay the symptoms of dementia.

It is believed that speaking multiple languages can delay the onset of dementia by up to five years. The tailored sessions help residents with early forms of dementia to improve communication, cognitive development and inter-personal skills, as well as build their confidence.

Residents at the Perthshire care home have just finished a 10-week French workshop, taking part in a range of activities including music sessions, word association and learned memory techniques.

Ruthven Towers home manager Jozi Stables said the foreign language workshops had been very popular with residents and the benefits had been amazing to see.

“Residents that were quite disengaged at the beginning became fully engaged by the end of the 10-weeks,” … Read More »


A quiet achiever

Posted on May 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on A quiet achiever

Talkative Deborah Pritchard took on a sponsored silence to raise funds for a dementia friendly sensory garden at a care home in Widnes, Cheshire.

The locquacious carer at Halton View care homerecently spent an entire day silently carrying out her duties. She wore a sign around her neck reading “I am on a sponsored silence” and carried a note book so she could communicate with colleagues, residents and visitors.

The quiet achiever raised £289 for the sensory garden which will include planters, furniture, a water feature, bird table and a wide variety of flowers.

“Deb is usually such a bubbly little chatterbox,” said Halton View manager Amanda Kelly.

“The staff, residents and regular visitors all thought they’d gone deaf, it’s been so quiet around the home compared to normal. Deb has raised a lot of money for the sensory garden through her sponsored silence … Read More »


Caring Homes receives inaugural training award

Posted on October 26th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Caring Homes receives inaugural training award

Caring Times, November 2016

Caring Homes Group has been recognised in the first Princess Royal Training Awards for its dementia training programme, ‘My World’.

The award is a new honour for employers in the UK who have created lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance. Caring Homes shares the accolade with the likes of Bentley Motors, BAE systems, Asda, Unipart Group and IBM.

Caring Homes developed and implemented its My World dedicated dementia training programme to all colleagues across all its care homes during 2015-16. Accredited by City & Guilds, the programme has received very positive feedback from the wider care industry, colleagues and the families of residents. 

My World was created to support carers understand how those living with dementia see the world, with the intention of increasing understanding on how people can be best supported. The three-level programme aims to … Read More »


Why dementia professionals must find solutions together

Posted on October 4th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Why dementia professionals must find solutions together

By Caring Times editor-in-chief Dr RICHARD HAWKINS

Over recent years, awareness of dementia has soared. More people than ever understand what the condition means and how it can manifest itself. Over one million people across the UK have become ‘Dementia Friends’, helping make communities better places for those living with the condition. The former Prime Minister, David Cameron, called improving dementia care “a personal priority” and championed the cause at a global level.

However, there is still a huge amount to be done when it comes to improving care for those living with dementia, as well as our understanding and treatment of the condition itself. Currently, more than 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK. With our ageing population, this is set to rise rapidly, projected to hit the one million mark by 2025. In the face of this, we are … Read More »


Care home managers unhappy with level of care given by the NHS to people with dementia

Posted on May 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care home managers unhappy with level of care given by the NHS to people with dementia

An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has found that almost half of care home managers feel the NHS isn’t providing residents with dementia adequate and timely access to vital services like physiotherapy, continence and mental health services. This had led to instances where people have been left bed-bound, incontinent and sedated because the health service is too slow in responding to their needs.

The investigation, which is part of the ‘Fix Dementia Care’ campaign, involved a survey of more than 285 care home managers in England conducted jointly by the Alzheimer’s Society and Care England, as well as first-hand testimonies of carers of people with dementia living in care homes.

It also found that one in five care homes surveyed were being wrongly charged by GP practices for services that should be free on the NHS – up to as much as £36,000 a … Read More »


Dementia project seeks to encourage communities to work with care homes

Posted on March 8th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Dementia project seeks to encourage communities to work with care homes

A project to mobilise businesses, organisations, voluntary groups and individuals to help improve the lives of people with dementia living in local care homes across Yorkshire and East Lancashire has received more than £100,000 from a brand new three-year support programme launched by NHS England, “Health As A Social Movement”.

The pilot project aims to develop the way existing home-grown skills and support across communities can be harnessed to improve dementia care. It forms an extra dimension to the work being carried out by the Airedale and Partners vanguard. The area was selected by NHS England last summer to research new ways of working to transform the care, and end-of-life care, for more than 7,600 residents in 248 residential and nursing homes.

The Airedale and Partners vanguard – which pools the expertise of the NHS, local authorities, care homes, technology experts, the … Read More »


Survey on GP care for residents with dementia

Posted on January 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Survey on GP care for residents with dementia

Care England, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, is conducting research into GP care for care home residents living with dementia.

They would like care home providers and managers to complete a short survey exploring how the health service meets the physical and mental health needs of people with dementia living in care homes, how GP practices provide primary care services to care homes and if GP practices charge care homes for these services.

The survey is available online at https://survs.com/survey/fa2sm0lszz and will take less than five minutes to complete.

All responses are anonymous.



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