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Nearly a quarter of ambulance trusts have no systems for holding advance care plans for patients, a charity has warned. Compassion in Dying, which helps people prepare for the end of life, said this could result in paramedics not being aware of, and therefore failing to respect, a patient's stated…
The number of adults aged 65 and over needing round-the-clock care will rise by over a third to more than one million during the next 20 years, experts have suggested. The number of over-85s requiring 24-hour care will almost double to 446,000 in England by 2035, according to a new…
A technique that helps people with dementia see satisfying progress in achieving everyday goals that help them live their lives is now being rolled out. The University of Exeter is leading a programme to train carers in goal-orientated cognitive rehabilitation. It entails practitioners working with people with dementia and their…
A pioneering workshop to educate university students on dementia awareness has been successful in changing misconceptions. The Dementia Detectives workshop was created by Dr Sahdia Parveen from the University of Bradford and was initially developed as an awareness initiative for secondary school students aged 14 to 16 years. The hour-long…
More must be done to break the "taboo" around incontinence, leading charities have said. The condition affects millions of people yet many are deterred from talking to health or care workers about the issue. Ten organisations including Alzheimer's Society, Age UK, Marie Curie and Parkinson's UK have called for public…
Just over one in 10 adults over 55 have set aside money to cover the costs of any future care needs, the consumer rights group Which? has warned. A survey commissioned by the organisation found only 12% were saving in case they needed to pay for care in later years.…
The Tory head of the Commons Health and Social Care Committee has dismissed proposals for a "Care Isa" that are reportedly being considered by the Government. Sarah Wollaston said the Isa, which would be immune from inheritance tax, would not solve the crisis in social care "at all" and would…
A woman is running the length of the British Isles to raise money for a hospice care charity. Faith Addison will run 1,500 miles from Shetland to Penzance in Cornwall - the equivalent of over 57 marathons - in 42 days. She begins the challenge on August 26. "This will…
Nursing has been left in "managed decline" due to decisions over funding, it has been warned, as figures show a further drop in student numbers. The number of nursing students from England taking places at UK universities has fallen by 4% from last year and 11% since 2016 when bursaries…
Social care services firm CareTech has agreed to buy Cambian in a deal that values the takeover target at up to £372 million. CareTech said the deal was "compelling" given the "highly complementary service offering and geographical coverage" provided by both firms. It also said the takeover would improve care…
Professor David Frohlich, Director of the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey presented a paper from the Time Matters project, at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference. The paper entitled ‘Mobile digital storytelling in a Brazilian care home’, focuses on the role of technology and dementia and how…
The Measuring the Mountain project is looking for people to take part in its Citizens' Jury at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on 24-27 September 2018. The Measuring the Mountain team is currently collecting stories about people’s experiences of care in Wales and the Citizens’ Jury event will see 12…
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