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Reform Of Social Care “Not Taken Seriously” Says NHS Chief

NHS Confederation Chief Executive Niall Dickson has said 2019 needs to be the year that social care is fixed. In a speech at the Westminster Health Forum earlier this week, he told an audience that social care deserved a “similar type of settlement” to that delivered in the recently published ...

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Frailty May Predict Link Between Disease And Dementia Symptoms

Investigation of frailty as a moderator of the relationship between neuropathology and dementia in Alzheimer’s disease: a cross-sectional analysis of data from the Rush Memory and Aging Project Researchers in the US have found that those who are frailer in later life are more likely to have the diseases underlying ...

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Patients Must Not Suffer Because Of Brexit, Says NHS Confederation

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said: “Patients must not suffer as a result of the Brexit process. Even if there is no deal we cannot have no agreement about how to protect patients in the UK and across Europe. “We ...

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Liverpool Pledges Support For Dementia Sufferers

Community leaders in Liverpool have pledged to make it as easy as possible for people living with dementia to make the most of city council services. A special motion agreed by the city’s Full Council this week reaffirmed the council’s commitment towards making Liverpool an ‘inclusive and accessible dementia council’. ...

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When Things Are Proven To Work We Should Get On And Do It-Says Care England

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care and Busy Bees have come together to develop an innovative and practical solution to help people fund their long term care. This initiative was developed from the successful salary sacrifice scheme for childcare which Busy Bees developed. ...

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Physical Exercise Linked To Cognitive Health

Researchers in the US have found that older adults who are more physically active in later life have better memory and thinking skills. They also found that this association was not affected by having Alzheimer’s or signs of other neurodegenerative diseases. The results are published Wednesday 16 January in the ...

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Social Care Provider Celebrates Two Glowing CQC Reports

A social care provider is celebrating after two of its services – a rehabilitation team and a care home – both received 100% ‘Good’ reports from UK’s health watchdog. The Optalis support and rehabilitation team, who provide short-term care and support to people in their own homes across the Windsor ...

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Groundbreaking Art Partnership Launches At Belong

Pioneering care village operator, Belong, has partnered with Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, Bluecoat, in a unique three-year research project to explore how the arts can improve the lives of those with dementia. The collaboration, called ‘Where the Arts Belong’, will see Belong Birkdale, currently under construction on Oxford ...

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The Sad Side Of Christmas

By Dr Gero Baiarda, Private GP & Primary Care Dermatologist at GPDQ, the UK’s first doctor-on-demand app Christmas Day will soon be upon us. For most of us, it’s a time of joy and happiness as we gather with loved ones and celebrate the festive spirit. My children have spoken ...

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7 Ways to Avoid Catching the Flu

Influenza (also known as flu) is a very common infectious disease which spreads easily and can have serious consequences for some people. Most flu infection occurs during the winter months. Care home residents are extremely vulnerable to flu because: • Residents are often elderly and frail • Residents often have ...

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Care, Comfort And Cost: How Your Approach To Energy Can Improve All Three

Independent energy consultant Joss Clarke offers guidance to care providers keen to take a proactive approach to their energy use. When discussing energy solutions, it can be easy to think technology holds the answer. Yet while the advancements and developments made in smart energy mean it is often a worthy ...

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Brexit and its Impact on the Care Home Sector

With Brexit looming large in early 2019, the UK care sector is bracing itself for turbulent times ahead. It is estimated that around 60,000 care sector workers will be impacted when the UK officially leaves the European Union, which begs the question – what will become of our already ailing ...

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