Day of surprises

Dancing to a soundtrack of Indian-themed music was all part of the fun at St Catherine’s View in Winchester, where chefs and care staff teamed up for an unexpected cultural celebration.  “I can’t believe people arranged all this for me,” said resident Nalini Bhagwat (centre), who lived near Mumbai when young. Joining in the dancing … Read more

Social care reform

Proposals for reforming social care have been set out in what the government describes as an “ambitious 10-year vision” based on person-centred care.  The White Paper, People at the Heart of Care, outlines how the government expects £1.7 billion of its previously announced additional funding for social care to be spent on “major improvements” across … Read more

Value of music

Charity Music for Dementia has launched a campaign video to highlight the value of music in dementia care.  In the video campaign director Grace Meadows aims to promote awareness of the power of music and encourage more people to join Music for Dementia’s campaign.  Readers are invited by the charity to take a minute to … Read more

Living well with dementia

A new “Living with Dementia Toolkit,” drawing on the findings of a major research project led by Exeter University, offers advice, resources and personal accounts in what adds up to a comprehensive guide to living as well as possible with the condition. The toolkit, launched at the ESRC Festival of Social Science in November, originated … Read more

Resonate Arts seeks new director

Resonate Arts is recruiting for a director, at “an exciting time to join our small and ambitious charity”. The charity’s purpose is to eradicate social isolation for people living with dementia, bringing dementia friendly communities to life. It works in Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster collaborating with arts, health, social care and community organisations, and artists to … Read more

Outstanding care recognised  

Royal Star & Garter in Solihull has been recognised for its “outstanding person-centred dementia care”.  The Home received the Level 1 Accreditation from Meaningful Care Matters (MCM) following an audit which found the quality of life experienced by residents was at the highest level, with care provided by engaged and loving staff who care deeply … Read more

‘Nobody really knows us’

A new report from Parkinson’s UK – Nobody really knows us – has found that the health and social care system is failing to meet the needs of people with Parkinson’s-related dementia. Carers are struggling to cope due to a lack of support, and little or no guidance on how to support their loved one when they experience … Read more

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