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Dementia Postcode Lottery Hits The Headlines

According to several stories in the national press a new NHS map shows that dementia care nationally is a “postcode lottery” with some elderly people not having their needs assessed for over a year. Around two thirds of us would like to send our last few days at home surrounded by our loved ones and belongings but a wide gulf in support makes this a lottery. In Newham just 34% are able to die at home, whereas in central Cheshire it is 84%.

Caroline Abrahams of Age UK stated: “Support is patchy and this is an unacceptable postcode lottery of care. At present it is estimated 850,000 Britons live with dementia and due to an ageing population it is predicted this figure will rise to 1 million by 2025, and 2 million by 2050. NHS guidelines state every patient should have a face-to-face meeting at least once a year to have their care plan reviewed. In Somerset less than 50% are reviewed within a year yet in North East Lincolnshire it is 85%.”

George McNamara of the Alzheimers’ Society comments: “Everyone with a dementia diagnosis must have a meaningful care plan that specifically meets their needs. Without this they will not get the required support which improves their quality of life. We would like to see hospitals more accountable by publishing statistics relating to their performance on dementia.” According to a recent SAGA Survey 68% of people aged over-50 fear dementia whilst only 9% are frightened about cancer.

Independent Living Owner, Mark Booker, concluded: “We care for people in their own homes and are finding that more and more of our work is dementia related. Whilst support services are always the target of negative press I feel that the number of dementia cases is simply overrunning the system. It is further complicated by dementia services being provided by several organisations or departments and when this happens communication inevitably breaks down resulting in some support not being provided. My experience is also that people want to be cared for at home whenever possible, and long term stays in hospital and rehabilitation centres are not where people want to be, or indeed should be, beyond a few weeks.”

By |2016-08-27T11:00:40+00:00August 27, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Dementia Postcode Lottery Hits The Headlines

Singing For Wellbeing

A new group for the over 50’s has been created at St Laurence’s Church Café, Chorley to promote group singing amongst older people. They have received a number of grants, such as from Chorley Astley Rotary Club, and through Chorley Council’s, “Small Community Fund” to help set up and provide musical instruments.

The group provides social, emotional, and cognitive benefits for participants.  Not only can people sing, but a grant has been received to purchase a drum kit.  It’s a great opportunity to get out and meet new people for a few hours.

Independent Living owner, Mark Booker, commented, “Singing is known to help raise people’s spirits and for people with memory loss issues such as dementia, it is a great way to involve them, making them feel better, and quite often it brings back positive memories.  Organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society have similar activities such as ‘Singing for the Brain’ and it is a growing area of therapy.  Whilst people may experience short term memory loss, they can often recall things from their more distant past and that includes the words to songs!  As we get older our health can often limit us from participating in active sports which are made for us to feel physically and emotionally better so group singing is a positive solution”.

Mark also commented

“As a home care company, we see a lot of people spending time alone and want those who are well enough to get out and about more and meet people.  As a member of the Rotary Club, I am also proud that money is being donated to local causes, especially older members of our community.”

The group is run by Ali Maze and Janet Wright and they can be contacted on 01257 276178, or more can be found on facebook www.facebook.com/lifelongsongchorley

By |2016-07-14T15:41:36+00:00July 14, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Singing For Wellbeing

Dementia Issues Rising Up the Agenda

15th May to 22nd May 2016 marks “Dementia Awareness Week”.  On a positive note, research into preventing or at least slowing the progression of the disease is now seeing major breakthroughs.  The Daily Express recently highlighted that current research suggests proteins can be seen in a brain scan 15 years before someone develops the disease, therefore it is envisaged that drugs can be developed that either stop or delay the build up of these proteins and thus reduce the number of people getting dementia, or reducing its severity.

Current estimates suggest 1 million Britons will have the disease by 2025.  Doctor Simon Ridley, of Alzheimer’s Research, said, “Picking up the signs early is a key goal because any treatments will be more effective if taken before too much damage has taken place”.

A further concern is that people with dementia are being discharged from hospital without adequate support being put in place before they go home.  People with dementia may recover physically in hospital and may be clinically able to go home, for example after a fall, but this should not happen without social care needs being assessed.

Independent Living owner, Mark Booker, commented, “We are now living longer but we in the care profession are seeing far more people with dementia so medical advancements are great news.  I think society demands that we take research into heart disease or cancer seriously because it can affect people of all ages but we have, perhaps for too long, just accepted conditions such as dementia or Parkinson’s as an inevitable consequence of old age.  It is therefore very positive that these breakthroughs are taking place”.

Impact Of Dementia

Mark continues regarding the impact of dementia saying, “People who have not had a loved one with dementia perhaps assume it is someone simply being a bit forgetful.  However, a person’s personality can completely change, their behaviour can become very challenging, and their actions can put themselves and others at risk.

In our experience, dementia is most cruel for families because their loved ones personality can completely change, they may not recognise important people in their lives and these changes may take place over several years.  We are also concerned that hospitals may address physical conditions but someone with dementia living at home will require social care and this should be put in place before they are discharged.”

By |2016-05-17T14:02:22+00:00May 17, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Dementia Issues Rising Up the Agenda

Moving Towards a Dementia Friendly South Ribble

It was great to attend the South Ribble Dementia Friendly Conference at the Samlesbury Hotel on Friday 29th April, seeing so many people there from a diverse range of organisations which included the Fire Service, Progress Housing, the Police, the Dementia Action Alliance and the Lancashire Wellbeing Service.

The issues older people face can include frequent falls, social isolation and being targeted by criminals. It makes you realise just how many agencies are involved and how they have to work together to provide support.  The conference brought home how an ageing society is placing ever increasing demands on public services, for example, a significant role of the fire service is now to educate and prevent fire risks in the homes of older people, with people with memory issues more at risk.

When describing how frequently people fall in their own home, it demonstrated the need for services such as Progress Housing’s Lifeline in which someone will inform a relative or visit a person’s home in an emergency.  However, this service does have costs – the equipment and monthly subscription – and this begs the question as to what happens if a person cannot afford it?

Sergeant Mark Douglas did a talk on how criminals may target older people, he went on to say that criminals often identify where an older person lives and see their property as an easier target.  However, Mark’s team are dedicated to working on these crimes and offer advice on how to improve home security.

Many agencies only have short term funding or if charities rely on donations. This means despite these services being essential and increasing demand, they often have uncertain long term futures.  An example of this is the “Wellbeing Service” which helps vulnerable people who have mild mental health issues often cause by social isolation.  People are entitled to around six hours support from a range of different professionals who understand their issues, support them and signpost to key organisations.  The organisation has two years funding, making it difficult to plan for the long term.

The lessons learnt from the conference were that demand is increasing for dementia related services but people are reliant on many agencies working together, some of which often have an uncertain future.

By |2016-05-05T13:36:46+00:00May 5, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Moving Towards a Dementia Friendly South Ribble
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