Tag: Community care


New liberty protection laws to replace DoLS

Posted on March 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on New liberty protection laws to replace DoLS

Proposed new legislation would replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with a new system – Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS), a set of checks that aim to make sure that any care which restricts a person’s liberty is in their best interests.

Government says the reform will offer a more efficient and effective system which better takes into account people’s past and present wishes for care and treatment. The proposed changes follow a series of recommendations published by the Law Commission last year, criticising DoLS as being too bureaucratic and complex.

The Government is consulting with health and social care stakeholders to finalise the plans before introducing new legislation. Care minister Caroline Dinenage said the Government broadly accepted the recommendations made by the Law Commission and would replace DoLS in a bid to provide better care for people and increase access to the … Read More »


Mandale House gears-up to help homeless people

Posted on March 1st, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Mandale House gears-up to help homeless people

Caring Times, March 2018

A ‘pop-up’ soup kitchen in a Teesside care home opened for one day in February to serve hot food and drinks to homeless people.

Mandale House in Thornaby, opened the kitchen following the success of their food bank appeal in December. They are working with local initiative Hope for the Homeless North East, launched as a Facebook group by Darlington resident Ray Cook.

Ray has donated bottled water and cans of soup for the kitchen, which opened from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, 7th February. The home’s hairdresser also offered free haircuts to anyone who visited.

The home is also launching an appeal for sleeping bags, hats, coats, gloves and blankets, to provide ongoing support to the area’s homeless people.

Michael Allen, home manager at Mandale House Care Home, said: “We ran a successful food bank appeal in the run-up to … Read More »


Music Mirrors reminiscence resource

Posted on July 24th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Amy Semple and Heather Edwards report on Music Mirrors, which offers a low cost, digitally portable reminiscence resource for gathering musical memories in one place

Vol 25 No 4 Page 14


Cambridge care home hosts fall prevention classes

Posted on June 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Cambridge care home hosts fall prevention classes

Staff at Home Close residential care home in Fulbourn near Cambridge are helping residents and local community members to stay physically strong in an effort to stop them coming to harm through falls.

Every Thursday morning for nearly two years, the home has hosted ‘Falls Prevention’ classes which are open to members of the community as well as the home’s residents.

Led by a local physiotherapist and exercise leader, the classes guide attendees through a series of exercises that help provide strength and conditioning to reduce the chance of them being likely to fall. The session involves seated and standing exercises to strengthen muscles that are known to weaken with old age.

81-year old Shirley French, who lives in the village, has been attending the classes regularly with her husband Don and speaks enthusiastically about the effects they have had on her.

“The classes … Read More »


Shame: a risky emotion in dementia care

Posted on November 21st, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Shame is a significant but under-acknowledged emotion in care work, says Miryam Clough – it warrants investigation and understanding if we are to improve the quality ofcare for people with dementia

Vol 24 No 6 Pages 32-33


Decision making and dementia – a service user perspective

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

The Mental Capacity Act can have a major impact on people with dementia and their carers, but how much do they know about it? Sam Cox discusses the findings of two surveys

Vol 24 No 2 Page 21


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 »


Adult safeguarding: creating positive care cultures

Posted on January 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Positive care cultures are key to ensuring effective safeguarding in care organisations, say Lynne Phair and Hazel Heath. In the second of three articles, they explore the links between organisational culture and abuse

Vol 24 No 1 Page 30 – 31


Identifying the ‘S’ Factor in dementia care

Posted on January 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

‘Doing’ person-centred care never works and a greater focus is needed on ‘being’ person-centred, says David Sheard. He argues that the ‘S Factor’ is the missing ingredient in care

Vol 24 No 1 Page 22 – 25


Dementia Without Walls

Posted on January 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

How can we ensure that people living with dementia are better understood and more supported in society? Philly Hare reflects on the achievements of ‘Dementia without Walls, a programme with people with dementia at its heart’

Vol 24 No 1 Page 16 – 19



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