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  1. Content Article
    1 Alzheimer's Society: 'This is me' leaflet This simple leaflet was developed by the Alzheimer's Society for anyone living with dementia, or experiencing delirium or other communication difficulties. It provides a central place where those closest to the person can fill in key information about them, such as their preferred name, cultural background, routines and likes and dislikes. The leaflet can then be shown to health and social care professionals in new and unknown settings to help them better understand the person and deliver care that is tailored to their individual needs. 2 K
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    A chief executive has described her ‘considerable regret’ that growing difficulty in discharging patients has resulted in nearly half of her trust’s inpatients being clinically ready to leave. Debbie Richards, who leads Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, a community and mental health provider, highlighted the issue at the trust’s board meeting last month, amid a “dearth of adult social care provision” across the country. In her update to the board, Ms Richards said delays in finding onward care for patients awaiting discharge meant “almost 50 per cent of our community hospital be
  3. News Article
    Government policies on discharging untested patients from hospital to care homes in England at the start of the Covid pandemic have been ruled unlawful by the High Court. The ruling comes after two women took former Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Public Health England to court. Dr Cathy Gardner and Fay Harris said it had caused a "shocking death toll". Prime Minister Boris Johnson renewed his apologies for all those who lost loved ones during the pandemic. Dr Gardner and Ms Harris partially succeeded in claims against Mr Hancock and Public Health England. The women
  4. News Article
    A nurse with no qualifications gave a care home resident a fatal dose of the wrong drug, leading to her death before she then tried to cover up her mistake. Katherine Hutchinson gave Fiona Jayne Thorne a fatal overdose of a powerful anti-psychotic drug, which was meant for another patient, an inquest heard. She then tried to cover up her errors which contributed to the death of the 36-year-old with learning difficulties, Derbyshire Live reported . Ms Hutchinson had, at the time, been the nurse in charge at Whitwell Park Care Home, in Whitwell, Derbyshire despite not having any q
  5. Content Article
    The inquiry will cover people living in residential care homes, hospitals and supported housing, as well as those receiving social care services in their own homes. It will look at: What human rights issues need to be addressed in care settings, beyond the immediate concerns arising from the Covid-19 pandemic? How effective are providers at respecting the human rights of people under their care? How effective are regulators in protecting residents from human rights breaches and in supporting patients and residents who make complaints about their care provider?
  6. News Article
    A trust has admitted it is having to discharge patients inappropriately into care homes or community hospital beds because of a shortage of home care workers. A report to East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust’s board last week revealed that 160 extra beds had been commissioned to maintain flow across the local health economy “due to insufficient domiciliary/care package capacity.” It went on: “The clinical commissioning group have tried via Kent County Council to commission additional domiciliary care without success. It is acknowledged by the local health economy that it i
  7. News Article
    A hospital in Devon has declared a second critical incident following extreme pressures, as Covid-19 admissions in the region double, The Independent has learnt. North Devon Healthcare Trust declared a critical incident on Monday, after it declared another earlier this month it has confirmed. The news comes as the number of people with Covid-19 across two hospitals in Devon has doubled in just two weeks. As of Thursday, there were 292 Covid positive patients in across hospitals in Devon, with a further 37 awaiting test results. According to a statement from healthcare leade
  8. News Article
    An inspection of a county's urgent and emergency services found delays were caused by a lack of empty beds and prolonged waiting times. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Gloucestershire emergency care services in November and December. The report found staff worked well in challenging circumstances but the CQC said pressures on workers across the system needed addressing. Dr Jeremy Welch said: "The system is being stretched and we need to adapt." CQC deputy chief inspector for hospitals, Nigel Acheson, said: "We found the system to be complicated. As a result, sta
  9. News Article
    Hundreds of England’s care homes could be closed and care rationed because the government has “seriously underestimated” the costs of a shake-up, experts are warning. Widespread closures would leave hundreds of thousands of elderly and vulnerable residents homeless. Those in the southeast, the east and the southwest would be hardest hit, according to a new study. Under a package of social care reforms announced in September, ministers are aiming to make care fees fairer between private and state fee payers. At the moment, residents who self-fund all their care pay up to 40%
  10. News Article
    More than 1,300 patients a year are having NHS funding for their palliative care withdrawn after living longer than expected, BBC analysis shows. Terminally ill or rapidly-declining patients are given fast-track support, allowing them to live outside hospital. From 2018 to 2021, a total of 9,037 people had this funding reviewed in England and Wales, with 47% of them losing all support. A further 15% of patients had their continuing healthcare support replaced with the more limited NHS-funded nursing care. Sandra Hanson was referred to the fast-track pathway of the NHS conti
  11. News Article
    Lateral flow tests could cost care home visitors £73 a month, a leading UK charity has said, as it renewed calls to keep the devices free in such settings. The government has previously announced that free testing for the general public will end from 1 April, and that this will include care home visitors. However, charities have warned the shift away from free tests could place a heavy financial burden on those visiting care homes, where testing is still advised. James White, the head of public affairs and campaigns at the Alzheimer’s Society, said the proposed charge on lateral
  12. News Article
    The White House has announced plans to boost nursing home staffing and oversight, blaming some of the 200,000-plus covid deaths of nursing home residents and staff during the pandemic on inadequate conditions. Officials said the plan would set minimum staffing levels, reduce the use of shared rooms and crack down on the poorest-performing nursing homes to reduce the risk of residents contracting infectious diseases. The White House also said it planned to scrutinise the role of private equity firms, citing data that their ownership was linked with worse outcomes and higher costs. Nur
  13. News Article
    A Covid report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has highlighted some ‘tragic individual cases’ over the past months. The report analyses cases over the first 18 months of the pandemic which for the majority reveal that councils and care providers weathered the unprecedented pressures they were under fire. However, the report also reveals the ‘serious impact on people’s lives’ when things go wrong. Cases include a woman who died from COVID-19 at a care home with poor infection control procedures which was then compounded by staff trying to cover up the facts.
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    Redefining the terms ‘visitor’ and ‘visiting’ When I used to see my husband, wherever he was, I KNEW that I was NOT a ‘visitor’ – as a ‘visitor’ I would have gone out of kindness, with a drink, or fruit or whatever, but I was his wife and partner and best friend, and the one who had been caring ABOUT him for the last 7 years, until we both simply buckled. I was there to observe, to pick up on issues, to ask about medication, to hold his hand, to do a crossword, to listen to music, to ensure he was hydrated, to point out food preferences, and also to ask the staff to familiarise themse
  15. News Article
    People with dementia, particularly care home residents early in the pandemic, were “disproportionately” vulnerable to fatal Covid infections, according to a new report. The analysis, commissioned by the Scottish Government, also found that excess deaths involving dementia during 2020 were “almost wholly” attributable to Covid. Of the 2,154 deaths where both dementia and Covid were listed on the death certificate, 95 per cent had Covid as the main underlying cause. This contradicts previous suggestions that a rise in dementia deaths early in the pandemic may have been linked indi
  16. Content Article
    Inconsistency in visiting restrictions It is now evident that there are no clear guidelines about how patients can be supported in hospital and in care homes. Page 3, paragraph 3 of the Government's ‘Guidance on Care Home Visiting’ says: “There are no nationally set restrictions on friends and family visiting their loved ones in care homes. We expect and encourage providers to facilitate visits wherever possible and to do so in a risk assessed way”. From next week, restrictions related to care homes in England will be eased. But how are family and friends expected to know about curren
  17. News Article
    The self-isolation period for positive cases is being cut and the limit on visitors lifted from next week. Residents who test positive will have to self-isolate for up to 10 days, with a minimum isolation period of five full days followed by two sequential negative lateral flow tests – as is already the case for the rest of the population. Isolation periods for those having care after an emergency hospital visit will also be reduced to a maximum of 10 days, while a requirement for residents to test or self-isolate after normal visits out will be removed. Care homes will have to
  18. News Article
    Hundreds of care homes in England are providing substandard care to dementia patients, analysis by the Guardian has found. One in five homes specialising in dementia are rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), inspection reports show. Some pose such a serious risk to people with dementia – including filthy conditions, poor infection control and untrained staff – that inspectors have ordered them to be placed into special measures. Altogether, 1,636 care homes are failing patients in findings described by charities and campaigners as “appalli
  19. Content Article
    The guidance covers the following topics: Care planning Monitoring blood glucose levels Flash glucose monitoring Administering insulin Insulin passports Hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) Hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose) Storing insulin Labelling Accurate recording
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    My Dad was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer's when he was 57 years old. He's now 62. For the past 3 years he has been experiencing hallucinations of some kind. He’d often talk to ‘people’ who weren’t there, or go off and ‘play’ with them. We’d join in, to make Dad feel more comfortable. When he was living at home with us, we never flagged these symptoms to his GP. They didn't seem to cause Dad distress, and we knew it was a symptom of his Alzheimer's. But now he's in a care home and the staff are concerned that these hallucinations are causing him, and other residents, some distress.
  21. News Article
    Care operators are facing acute staffing shortages caused by Omicron with more than 90 declaring a “red” alert, which means staffing ratios have been breached. Over 11,000 care home workers are off for Covid reasons, according to internal health system staffing data seen by the Guardian. One of the UK’s largest private operators, Barchester, is dealing with outbreaks in 105 of its 250 homes. It said that rules meaning homes with Covid cannot accept hospital discharges will cause backlogs in the already struggling NHS. Across England, 9.4% of care home staff are off work, according to
  22. News Article
    The pandemic has disproportionately affected people living in care homes, who accounted for an estimated 30% of all deaths from covid-19 across 25 countries despite making up only 1% of the world’s population, a report has estimated. The analysis was carried out by Collateral Global, a research group that says it is dedicated to reporting on the effects of governments’ mandatory COVID-19 mitigation measures. The report said the pandemic had exacerbated long running problems in the care sector, such as chronic underfunding, poor structural organisation, staff undertraining, underskilling,
  23. News Article
    A watchdog found there were safety concerns at a south-east London care home weeks after a resident killed a woman in her bedroom, it has emerged. Alexander Rawson, 63, beat 93-year-old Eileen Dean to death at Fieldside Care Home in Catford on 3 January. Inspectors visited the care home on 26 January after the murder of the grandmother-of-five triggered alarm about patient safety. Inspectors concluded that the home failed to record dangers properly and residents "were not always safe". Mrs Dean suffered catastrophic injuries after she was attacked by Rawson with a walking stick
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