Tag: Research


A self-management group for people with dementia

Posted on September 19th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

How can people with early stage dementia be helped to be more confident in managing their everyday lives? Catherine Quinn, Gill Toms, Sue Davies, Maureen Davies and Linda Clare discuss findings from a new self-management programme

Vol 24 No 5 Page 29


Living in care: an exercise to promote empathy

Posted on September 19th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

How can care staff be encouraged to take a broader view of behaviours that challenge? Ian James and colleagues explain how an exercise in empathy helped staff gain a better understanding of these behaviours

Vol 24 No 5 Page 26


Getting to know the voluntary sector

Posted on September 19th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

At a time of increasing pressure on hospital beds, do hospital nurses make the most of local dementia voluntary groups? ask Tara Smith and Jill Manthorpe

Vol 24 No 5 Page 20


More than nutrition: food-related care

Posted on May 23rd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Food is about much more than nutrition, say Iliatha Papachristou and Gary Hickey. They argue that the various activities centred on it can help family carers to cope and enable people to live independently for longer

Vol 24 No 3 Pages 30-31


How woodlands and forests enhance mental well-being

Posted on May 23rd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Woods and forests can enhance the psychological well-being of people with early stage dementia, yet relatively little is known about the meaning and use of these settings. Mandy Cook reports on her research demonstrating the value of the great outdoors.

Vol 24 No 3 Pages 20-23


‘Future of adult social care looks bleak,’ says ILC economist

Posted on January 3rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘Future of adult social care looks bleak,’ says ILC economist

Detailed analysis of the social care funding measures outlined in the Spending Review reveals a bleak future for older people needing care, according to the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK).

About 1.86m people over the age of 50 in England (1 in 10) have unmet care needs – an increase of 120,000 people (or 7%) since 2008/9, says the ILC. Data from 326 local authorities had shown that the councils with the highest concentration of older people and unpaid carers would be the ones that will bring in the least amount of money from the 2% council tax precept.

ILC-UK points out that even if the Spending Review announcements bring £3.5bn into adult social care, a scenario they describe as “highly unlikely”, this will still only mean that spending on care returns to 2015 levels by the end of the Parliament. … Read More »


Living Wage Survey – we need your input

Posted on October 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Living Wage Survey – we need your input

Alongside the need for sustained lobbying by providers and trade bodies, sector analyst LaingBuisson has partnered with Caring Times to conduct a survey of care providers to gauge the impact of the National Living Wage.

To do this we need as high a volume of data as possible. To ensure that your home’s data is part of this survey we ask you to visit www.laingbuisson.co.uk and follow the links to answer a short series of questions covering staff, salaries and resident numbers.

The results of this survey will be analysed by LaingBuisson’s team of long term care consultants who will produce a definitive review of existing carer pay rates from which scenarios can be drawn which reflect the true impact of the NLW in a way which the government will be forced to address. Aggregate only data only will be reported. No … Read More »


Improving care for people with Parkinson’s dementia

Posted on September 14th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Parkinson’s disease dementia is on the rise yet it often goes unrecognised. Kimberley Boyle and Graham Jackson argue that research findings reveal the need for better staff training

Vol 23, No 5, Pages 32-33


How to help couples have better conversations

Posted on September 14th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Speech and language therapy should be part of a care programme for someone with the primary progressive aphasia type of dementia, but what form should the therapy take? Anna Volkmer and Suzanne Beeke favour a ‘better conversations’ approach

Vol 23, No 5, Pages 22-24


Exploring the experience of the dementia caregiver

Posted on September 14th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Dr Hetal Acharya and Dr Manoj George report on a study that aimed to gain insights into carers’ experiences, identify gaps in their knowledge of the progression of dementia, explore the role of community services in supporting families, and make recommendations for improving care

Vol 23, No 4, Pages 32-34



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