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Why abuse to older adults must be made an imprisonable offence

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has launched a campaign to make the abuse or neglect of older people a crime, and is now urging everyone to sign a petition to urge Parliament to debate the issue.In this article, Gary FitzGerald, Head of AEA explains why a change in the law is now needed. “The abuse(…)

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What is it like to live with dementia?

Giving carers a taste of what it’s like to live with this devastating condition is the name of the game for a mobile unit touring the country this year. The ‘Virtual Dementia Tour’ is aimed at improving care standards by providing carers, both professionals and family members alike, with an insight into the disorientating world(…)

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Care home fees set to rise dramatically

Care home fees are expected to rise this year by an eye watering 8% to 10%.Two factors seem to be fuelling the sharp rise. New rules being brought in will require companies to pay into a pension scheme for all employees and, in April, the new national living wage of £7.20 an hour will come(…)

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“Landmark” framework for dementia care training launched

This week a new framework for the training of care workers has been launched with the aim of improving the quality of care available for patients with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.Reporting for The Nursing Times, Nicola Merrifield explains….Developed by national workforce body Health Education England, and training development organisation Skills for Health, the(…)

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Can Retirement villages offer an alternative to traditional Care homes?

Demand for luxury housing within new retirement village developments is at an all time high, claims Nick Sanderson, chief executive of Audley Retirement. And in a blistering attack on current residential care provision, he declares that 75% of Care Homes should close because they now fall short on modern standards and customer expectation.Audley Retirement, which runs eight(…)

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Wide variation in hospital scores for “dementia friendliness”

Reporting in the Nursing Times, Jo Stephenson, reveals a worrying gap in levels of dementia-friendly provision between the best and worst rated hospitals in the country. Healthcare professionals’ own assessments of how dementia-friendly their settings are reveal “alarming” variations across England, experts say. The PLACE (Patient-Led Assessment of the Care Environment) scores focus on the(…)

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