How can and should UK society adjust to dementia?

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 22 June 2015

The publication explores the application of the social model of disability to dementia. It looks in detail at what this social model is, and where it has come from, bringing together the authors’ interests in disability and ageing, and training in disability studies and health and social geography.

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State funding of elderly care in England has fallen by 40% in five years

BMJ, 12 June 2015

England has seen an “unprecedented” fall over the past five years in the number of people aged 65 or over who receive social care packages, despite a rise in the need for such services, delegates to a seminar on the care of older people heard on 9 June…

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Developing evidence-enriched practice in health and social care with older people

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 30 April 2015

An innovative project looking at how evidence can be used to enrich practice, based on research from the Jospeh Rorwntree Foundation’s A Better Life programme, has released its findings.

The project demonstrated the benefits of using research and related contextual evidence in developing services and workforces, resulting in improved wellbeing for older people, carers and staff.

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Peer support for people with Dementia: Resource Pack

Health Innovation Network South London, March 2015

The Health Innovation Network worked with The Alzheimer’s Society, Innovations in Dementia and community groups across South London to produce a Resource Pack to promote the importance of peer support opportunities for people with dementia. It brings together in one place evidenced based resources to help community groups and funders set up and run peer support groups, as well as guidance on how to make older people groups more dementia friendly.

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Hidden Citizens: How can we identify the most lonely older adults?

Campaign to End Loneliness, April 2015

This report explores current understandings of, and approaches to, identifying loneliness and provides insights into how services can improve their outreach and better support people who are experiencing loneliness.

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When one door closes: Research into the closure and commissioning of care homes throughout England

Healthcare Property Consultants, April 2015

As care home operators seek to maintain quality of care in the face of inadequate local authority fee levels and rising costs, this research highlights the impact on registered bed levels throughout England. The research finds that the number of beds in newly registered homes mirrors the number of beds simultaneously falling out of the market and finds that several regions are showing a net bed reduction.

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Adult safeguarding – Signs and indicators of abuse: At a glance 69

Social Care Institute for Excellence, January 2015

People with care and support needs, such as older people or people with disabilities, are more likely to be abused or neglected. They may be seen as an easy target and may be less likely to identify abuse themselves or to report it. People with communication difficulties can be particularly at risk because they may not be able to alert others. Sometimes people may not even be aware that they are being abused, and this is especially likely if they have a cognitive impairment. Abusers may try to prevent access to the person they abuse.

Signs of abuse can often be difficult to detect. This At a glance briefing aims to help people who come into contact with people with care and support needs to identify abuse and recognise possible indicators. Many types of abuse are also criminal offences and should be treated as such.

Types of abuse:

Physical abuse
Domestic violence or abuse
Sexual abuse
Psychological or emotional abuse
Financial or material abuse
Modern slavery
Discriminatory abuse
Organisational or institutional abuse
Neglect or acts of omission
Self-neglect or self-abuse

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