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What role for social work in creating dementia-friendly communities?

The concept of “dementia-friendly communities” has entered the lexicon in recent years to capture the idea that people with dementia and their carers need more than early diagnosis, good and personalised care and support and effective healthcare. The idea – which combines tackling the stigma that dementia carries with ensuring businesses and services take practical […]

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‘I’ve seen too many mental capacity and financial abuse cases end with no prosecution’

Issues surrounding the police’s ability to prosecute perpetrators of financial abuse against their relatives poses a dilemma for adult safeguarding professionals, writes social worker Samantha Toussaint  Research estimates that financial abuse will impact seven in 1,000 older people. This includes theft of money, possessions or property, fraud, embezzlement and extortion. Family members, according to the […]

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‘Care homes must provide a good quality of life, not just good care’

People with dementia should be able to expect a better quality of life in care homes, where they make up the vast majority of residents. This will require better commissioning, greater self-criticism from providers and more funding, says Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes. When you walk into a good care home, it feels warm, […]

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Social work and the Mental Capacity Act: share practice tips with your peers

I hope as many of you as possible can join us for this evening’s live online chat on social work under the Mental Capacity Act, which kicks off at 7.30pm. The link above takes you through to the case study we will be discussing, which concerns a woman with advanced dementia who faces discharge from […]

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How Mental Capacity Act compliant is your practice? Join our live chat

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is the most significant piece of legislation for adult social care practice of the past 20 years. Its principles of empowering people to make decisions and acting in their best interests when they are consonant social work values.  But five years on from its implementation, how compliant is practice with […]

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Managers challenged to meet new dementia standards

Do you recruit staff on the basis of their values as well as their skills? Are opportunities to develop ongoing and embedded in supervision and appraisal? Do you do life story work with all your clients with dementia? Do you have an effective relationship with the families of people with dementia based on sharing information […]

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Care homes urged to support dementia nurses fundraising drive

Care homes are being urged to lay on a tea party for staff and residents to support charity Dementia UK’s annual Time for a Cuppa campaign to raise funds to provide more Admiral nurses for people with dementia and their carers. Admiral nurses are specialist mental health nurses who work with families affected by dementia […]

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Looking beyond disability: the importance of life story work

Life story work enables staff to look beyond disability and health conditions to see people as individuals and provide truly person-centred care, says Ruth Eley, director of the Life Story Network, in this guest blog post. (Pictured are Jean Tottie, chair of the network, and her father George, whose care home used life story work […]

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Book review: ‘The psychology of ageing: an introduction’

This inspiring and remarkably well structured book will suit practitioners, students and trainees looking to gain a deeper and more detailed insight into the ageing process, writes social worker Brid Joy. ‘The psychology of ageing’ explores both existing research and contemporary practice around the psychology of ageing, allowing the reader to get a real picture […]

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The power of song for people with dementia

This afternoon, a group of people with dementia and their carers will perform a song cycle that they have written themselves, based on paintings on show at Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London. One of the carers, Linda le Merle, says the Visual to Vocal project has been transformative for those involved. When my husband […]

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