New appointment

David Sheard, an internationally renowned expert in dementia care, is joining York St John University as Visiting Professor of Emotional Intelligence in Care. Head of School of Science, Technology and Health at York St John University, Dr Rob Sanders said: “I’m delighted that David will be bringing his unparalleled experience and boundless enthusiasm to our school. His focus on emotional intelligence … Read more

Church commission on the future of care

A church commission on the future of care has launched a public consultation inviting individuals and organisations to contribute views on what is working well in care and what needs to change. The Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care aims to reshape the national response to ageing and disability by identifying practical ideas and gathering examples … Read more

Christmas gift ideas

Top Christmas gifts for people with dementia include a Relish Radio and Music Player and A Doro 780X mobile phone, says Alzheimer’s Society in a blog guide for online shoppers.  Among the top stocking fillers, costing less than £10, are a 2022 diary, “cheesy jokes” served up in a brie box “matured in the UK”, … Read more

Death rates ‘a stark picture’

New figures on the number of deaths in people’s own homes “paint a stark picture” of the reality of dementia, a leading charity has said. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) there were 21,471 excess deaths in people’s own homes (England and Wales) in the first six months of this year, nearly 2,000 … Read more

Social care costs

As the political row intensifies over government plans for a “cap” on individual social care costs, the Commons Committee on Health and Social Care said that the proposed National Insurance hike would provide “insufficient funding” for social care over the next three years. The committee’s verdict follows an inquiry which heard evidence that 200,000 people … Read more

New Liberty Protection Safeguards

A new system of Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) next year, so a short film has been produced showing how LPS will “seek to promote practice which aligns with human rights and the core principles and duties of the Care Act 2014”.  Made by the Social Care Institute … Read more

Boost for research funding

A research funding package for neurodegenerative diseases will see the government pump an additional £375 million into studies covering Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies, among other things.  While welcoming additional investment in research, Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) said that “the devil is in the detail,” including whether it would be new … Read more

On the high seas

Woking’s Bernard Sunley care home, run by charity Friends for the Elderly, has been taking residents on a virtual round-the-world “cruise” complete with cultural experiences appropriate to each destination.  Among those “aboard” HMS Bernard Sunley are (pictured) Brian Moore with an appetising Mediterranean cocktail and Rose Simmons with some Spanish souvenirs.  “Our cruise passengers have … Read more