A delicate balancing act – safety and quality of life

Covid-19 isolation measures in care homes have had a massive impact on the lives of residents as the balancing act between safety and quality of life continues to pose dilemmas. Sally Knocker argues that finding the right balance has never been more important. “That mask hides your face. Everyone looks the same to me now! … Read more

What should we wear to care? A person-centred exploratory study of care staff clothing in care homes for people living with dementia

Some care homes swear by staff uniforms, others have done away with them altogether to make themselves more “homely”. Faith Frost and colleagues conducted research among staff, visitors, residents and relatives, finding that they liked a spectrum of workplace clothing depending on context The role of staff uniforms in care homes has been an ongoing … Read more

Dementia awareness among general public and clinicians from non-mental health background: A Qualitative Study

Early diagnosis of dementia is highly desirable, but people affected by the condition are often left to flounder without sufficient information about the implications. Qutub Jamali and colleagues discuss their study, which calls for more dementia education for both public and professionals. Timely detection and diagnosis of dementia will prevent crises, facilitate adjustment and provide … Read more

Blogs I’m watching (ND21)

In Scotland allied health professionals like occupational therapists and dietitians are a prominent part of the dementia care scene, perhaps even more so than in other parts of the UK. During #WorldAlzheimersMonth in September, Alzheimer Scotland devoted its Let’s Talk About Dementia blog to what was billed as an allied health professions (AHP) offer, namely … Read more

Books (ND21)

Dementia Together: How to Communicate to Connect Pati Bielak-Smith, PuddleDancer Press, ISBN 9781934336182, £17.99 If you are new to “non-violent communication”, as developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, then Pati Bielak-Smith’s beautiful, welcoming, and informative book is clearly written for all of us to read and enjoy, whether you are living with a dementia, a family … Read more

Resources (ND21)

Worcester University’s Association for Dementia Studies has launched an Is your garden dementia friendly? environmental assessment tool. Given the greater importance attached to outdoor spaces during the pandemic, the tool has been developed on the basis that the principles of designing gardens for people with dementia are common across all parts of the care sector, … Read more

Events (ND21)

Many conferences are subject to change due to coronavirus, some taking place online and others being postponed. Here is the latest information as we went to press, including rescheduled events 2 November Together 4 Dementia 2021 Online Theme is “Dementia: A Global Challenge” and Professor Clive Ballard and De Hogeweyk co-creator EloyVan Hal are among … Read more