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October 06, 2015
latest journal - THE JOURNAL OF DEMENTIA CARE (UK)
Law Commission consults over “cumbersome” DoL safeguards
Reduced bureaucracy and better outcomes for patients are the
twin aims of a new consultation launched by the Law Commission on the
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).
Dementiaville: is this really so controversial?
Poppy Lodge manager Jo-Anne Wilson reflects on “time travel”
and her experience of taking part in Channel 4’s Dementiaville series.
Dementia, rights and the social model of disability
A new report from the mental Health Foundation argues for
rights and entitlements if communities are to be genuinely dementia friendly.
tide – a new national network for carers
A new national involvement network will enable family carers
to exercise an influence and provide more support for other carers. (tide =
together in dementia everyday)
Dementia First Aid: support and practical tools for
Many carers risk their own physical and mental health. The
course is giving carers problem-solving tools to care for their loved ones and
to ease pressure on services.
Monitoring and improvement using Dementia Care Mapping
Dementia Care Mapping has proved to be a useful tool for
promoting person-centred dementia care and now its inventors have designed a
database to make it more useful still.
-What does DCM involve?
-What does the database do?
-How secure is the data?
-How can I access the database?
-Future for DCM technology
Singing in a dementia friendly community
Singing has been demonstrated to be a powerful, meaningful,
fun and safe activity, especially if people sing in groups. People running such
groups don’t have to be professionals. A group set up in Edinburgh for people
with dementia and their carers, run entirely by volunteers, has demonstrated
the fallacy of thinking that only professional musicians and music therapists
can engage in such activities.
Cogs Clubs: a helpful activity in early dementia
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) can help people newly
diagnosed with dementia make the most of their mental function. “Cogs Clubs”
are filling the gaps in provision for early dementia when the CST programme
ends. Cogs Clubs differ from other day services in that they follow a structure
and routine based on CST, the usual two-hour sessions being stretched to five
How to help couples have better conversations
Speech and language therapy should be a major component of
any comprehensive programme of care and support for someone with the form of
dementia known as primary progressive aphasia (PPA). PPA, which is a sub-type
of fronto-temporal dementia, causes language difficulties such as not being
able to recognise word meanings, finding it hard to get words out or losing
understanding of sentences. Communication training is one possibility for
helping this group of people.
Hand i Pockets: creativity, playfulness and fun
A project that engages the creative side of ordinary people
is bringing playfulness and fun into the lives of people with mid to late-stage
dementia. The article describes how volunteers taking part in arts and crafts
‘funshops’ have made objects that are helping to improve people’s wellbeing.
Making mealtimes meaningful in acute wards
Mealtimes in acute dementia wards often take little account
of the personal needs of patients and may be interrupted by ward routines. The
article discusses an initiative to make mealtimes more enjoyable and an
essential part of assessment, treatment and interaction with patients with
Improving care for people with Parkinson’s dementia
Parkinson’s disease dementia is on the rise yet it often
goes unrecognised in care homes. Research findings reveal the need for better
staff training and the authors set out plans for a new study that aims to