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Thursday, 18 Dec, 2014

Webwatch - Menus Count in Care

A brand new site has been launched to help care homes and providers plan healthy menus for service-users in Wales. ‘Menus Count in Care’ is aimed at nursing and residential homes and is a project developed by Torfaen Council and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. It aims to raise the…
Loneliness and social isolation amongst older people is on the increase. Around 10% of those over 65 years of age in the UK are lonely most or all of the time. Figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that this increases sharply to around 50% for those over 80…
Lifestyle is responsible for about three quarters of brain ageing - but there are "simple and effective ways" to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to analysis. A review of academic studies and data by Age UK shows that about 76% of cognitive…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) are working with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland and the Joint Improvement Team (JIT) to deliver 'Informed About Dementia' sessions for housing staff. These free interactive workshops will help attendees understand how to use Promoting Excellence materials to improve knowledge and skills…
Nearly a quarter of elderly people are not looking forward to Christmas because of loneliness and fears that it will bring back bad memories, according to research. This year 23% of those aged over 65 - the equivalent of 2.5 million people in Britain - suggested that the festive season…
Health workers in Britain "don't bother" to understand Irish patients, who suffer higher levels of long-term illness, death rates from terminal diseases and mental ill-health, the Irish Parliament has heard. A parliamentary watchdog was told very poor health among Irish expatriates and their children is not recognised because the community…
A 20% surge in complaints about care services was a notable statistic as the Care Inspectorate published its annual report yesterday. The report shows that the number of people who contacted the Care Inspectorate with a concern about care services increased in the past year to 3,788 compared to 3,237…
The organisers of the My Home Life Cymru scheme in Wales are calling on members of the public and social care staff to nominate care homes which they believe work to enrich the lives of their residents. Nominations must be received no later than December 15. The winners will be…
The National Skills Academy for Health has launched a Dementia Resource Library for healthcare professionals who work with people with dementia and their carers. The Library contains hundreds of resources that have been collated from across the sector including articles, reports, videos, e-learning modules, webinar recordings and practical tools. Among…
A new campaign called ‘Start the Conversation’ is being launched across Argyll and Bute, Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Tayside to raise awareness of the importance of having a Power of Attorney granted to a trusted relative or friend. This campaign is a partnership between the NHS, local Councils and local law…
The home care system is teetering on the verge of crisis with the most vulnerable people seeing a different carer every week, a root-and-branch examination has found. The review, led by former care and support minister Paul Burstow, has hit out at the lack of organisation that threatens to fail…
Dementia sufferers lack proper care because the illness is not recognised as a terminal diagnosis, according to a report out today. The report, by Marie Curie and the Alzheimer's Society, highlighted the issues faced by dementia sufferers in the late stages of their lives and the barriers to the high-quality…