Alzheimer’s Society welcomes David Cameron’s appointment as new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK
Former prime minister David Cameron has today (Wednesday, 25th January) been announced as the new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said decades of underfunding had seen dementia research lagging more than 20 years behind the progress seen in cancer research, which received more than six times more funding than dementia.
“David Cameron’s new role as president of Alzheimer’s Research UK will help to keep the spotlight on dementia at a time when we’re all putting the foot on the gas to accelerate dementia research,” said Mr Hughes “Last year, Alzheimer’s Society made its biggest single commitment to dementia research, investing £50m in the UK’s landmark Dementia Research Institute. “However, better care for everyone’s parents and grandparents today is just as important as the search for a cure for our grandchildren. As the nation’s health and social … Read More »
A proposed amendment to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) legislation has been welcomed by care providers representative body Care England. Speaking at Care England’s annual conference in November, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, chair of National Capacity Forum, said a change to the Policing and Crime Bill, initially proposed by Ann Coffey MP and supported by the Government, amends the meaning of state detention in Section 48 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green explained the significance of the proposed change.
“Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are designed to keep people safe, but they have long been a bone of contention with the care home sector and families owing to the unintended consequence meaning if someone is subject to a DoLS, their death must be investigated,” said Prof. Green.
“This means that older people with dementia, whose deaths … Read More »
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 »
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The Alzheimer’s Society has warned that thousands of people with dementia may be deprived of their liberty by a bureaucratic backlog of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications.
In mid-May, the Health and Social Care Information Centre on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) released quarterly figures for January – March 2015, which showed that at the end of September 2014, there were 19,429 applications where the outcome was still not decided. The data shows 119 out of 152 councils (78% of all councils) submitted data for Q4. The total number of DoLS applications in the quarter was 36,000. Of these 8,500 (24%) were granted, 2,900 (8%) not granted and 24,600 (68%) not yet signed off by the supervisory body or were withdrawn.
Alzheimer’s Society head of policy George McNamara said local authorities were being swamped with applications to restrict the liberty … Read More »
Caring Times, October 2014
Wide variations in the provision of NHS continuing care funding for people with dementia have been uncovered in a report by Sally Keeble, former MP and Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Northampton North.
Ms Keeble surveyed 162 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and found that there was a lack of funding for advocacy services to provide help and support for families applying for continuing healthcare support.
Only four CCGs identified specific funding for advocacy. The role of family carers in the decision-making process was frequently unclear and training of assessors was variable, with six CCGs saying they did not provide any training.
The report calls for a review of how CCGs assess people for continuing healthcare funding to protect against a postcode lottery. Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said families were often refused funding because their local CCG did not … Read More »
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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People with dementia will be denied specialist care until dementia is treated as an illness, says Care England chief executive professor Martin Green.
Currently, although dementia is classified as a physical illness of the brain, most of the essential care is provided by social services.
“This means people with dementia have to be means tested for social care funding,” said Prof. Green, speaking at a day on cognitive impairment and dementia at PJ Care’s Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre in Peterborough in June.
“People with dementia and their families shouldn’t have to pay thousands of pounds for treatment from their own pockets, when other conditions had their funding covered by the NHS.”
George McNamara, head of policy & public affairs for the Alzheimer’s Society has responded, saying the system as it stands often fails people with dementia.
“What we need is reform which … Read More »
Caring Times, May 2014
An Oxfordshire care home operated by Four Seasons Health Care is creating a community garden designed to unite all generations after being awarded a £48,000 Government-funded grant administered by Oxfordshire County Council.
Albany Care Home’s garden is designed so the elderly people living there will be able to enjoy the outdoors while watching their visiting grand-children play in a safe but exciting playground . The idea was developed after consultation with the residents and their relatives and the care home staff.
The imaginative concept appealed to a panel of assessors, including representatives from Oxfordshire County Council and the Alzheimer’s Society, after completing a questionnaire, interviews and home visits, Albany Care Home was chosen as one of 15 eligible care providers to receive a grant.
The grant originates from the Department of Health, and is part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s … Read More »
Caring Times, March 2014
A campaign has been launched to turn Wrexham into the first dementia-friendly town in Wales.
The idea is being championed by the Pendine Park care organisation after it was suggested by a member of staff, activities and well-being co-ordinator Anita Moran.
The aim the Purple Angels campaign is to raise awareness with local shops and other businesses, providing them with a simple training manual so that they are better equipped to recognise the symptoms of dementia and respond accordingly. Businesses that sign up to the scheme will then display posters and stickers with the Purple Angels logo to signify that they are dementia aware.
Pendine Park is a pioneer in dementia care and was recently recognised for the most outstanding dementia care innovation in the world in 2013.at the Globals, an international awards ceremony organised by the … Read More »
Caring Times, February 2014
In Parliament in January, Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke tabled a debate on improving dementia care and services in the UK.
During the debate, care services minister Norman Lamb signalled that momentum from the National Dementia Strategy for England must be sustained beyond 2014.
When referring to the end of the strategy he said, ‘it is absolutely clear – that something must follow; there must be a continuation.’
The Alzheimer’s Society commented that: “It’s encouraging to see government recognising the need for a refreshed national dementia strategy for England.
“Dementia is a major health challenge costing the UK £23 billion per year and was rightly chosen as the focus of the G8 Summit.
“We’re really pleased that the government is signalling that they will develop a new strategy to build on the really positive work done so far for people with dementia.
“It’s vital … Read More »