Tag: Dementia Care


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.


Report recommends free social care for terminally-ill people

Posted on March 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Report recommends free social care for terminally-ill people

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A report published by the Health Select Committee published in mid-March has reviewed the state of end of life care, making a number of recommendations for improvement, including that social care should be free at the end of life.

Based on evidence from clinicians, charities and palliative care experts, the report found ‘great variation in quality and practice across both acute and community settings’ in England.

End-of-life care is defined as people expected to die within 12 months, most of whom will have incurable or progressive illnesses like dementia. Care minister Norman Lamb has said that the Government is looking carefully at a policy of free end-of-life care.

George McNamara, head of policy and public affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society, said people with dementia were currently obliged to pay a “dementia tax” of thousands of pounds for essential care, especially towards … Read More »


Department of Health needs to focus on care as well as diagnosis

Posted on October 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Department of Health needs to focus on care as well as diagnosis

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National provider representative body Care England has made an oblique criticism of the announcement that GPs are to be given extra funding to diagnose dementia.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that, while any increase in the diagnosis of dementia was welcomed, the bigger issue was the underfunding of social care.

“The care sector is constantly being challenged to improve quality but the Government refuses to put more money into delivering care,” said Prof. Green.

“In many areas local authorities are paying less than £5 an hour for high-level, quality care and we are constantly told there is no more money in the system.

“However, the Government has found money to fund GPs to make a diagnosis and ignored funding care providers properly to deliver the vital support that is necessary after that diagnosis is delivered.”


CQC says people with dementia are at risk of poor care in hospitals and care homes

Posted on October 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CQC says people with dementia are at risk of poor care in hospitals and care homes

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A major review of dementia care by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it is likely that someone with dementia will experience poor care as they move between care homes and hospitals.

When inspecting 129 care homes and 20 hospitals across England, CQC says it found that in about 29% of care homes and 56% of hospitals, assessments were not comprehensive in identifying all of a person’s care needs. In about 34% of care homes and 42% of hospitals, the were aspects of variable or poor care regarding how the care met people’s mental health, emotional and social needs.

The report says the variation in how care is assessed, planned, delivered and monitored by hospitals and care homes puts people living with dementia at risk of experiencing poor care. CQC chief inspector of adult social care Andrea Sutcliffe said the … Read More »


Families help to run dementia bistro

Posted on September 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Families help to run dementia bistro

Families and friends of those people with dementia are helping to run their own special bistro at a care home to share advice on the issues surrounding the disease after the bistro was opened by a campaigner.

‘Tea for Two’ was opened at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, by author and campaigner Ian Donaghy, who wrote the book Dear Dementia: The Laughter and Tears to help share information on dementia for those interested in learning more.

The bistro has been so popular that family members of people with dementia have stepped in to help run it, along with a small shop selling useful items and bric-a-brac. Birch Green general manager Carol Nickeas said that, by creating the relaxing bistro environment, the home was helping families of those people with dementia share their experience and gather information on the disease and … Read More »



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