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Care Sector News Review: July

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Welcome back for the August edition of ‘Care sector news review’.

Here, you can find an overview of the most significant care sector and medical research topics published within the last 30 days.

This month saw breakthroughs in potential treatments for a number of degenerative conditions, as well as a call to action for the integration of health and social care. These are the most important care sector stories from July:

Care services

  • Integration of health and social care needs to improve, according to the Care Quality Commission. The regulator’s research found that there is “enthusiasm to deliver integrated care”, but also frequent examples of areas in which cohesion was found to be severely lacking.
  • Older people aren’t taking sufficient steps towards adapting their homes for independent living in their later years, according to the International Longevity Centre’s ‘State of the Nation’s Housing’ report. Despite a notable increase in the number of older people receiving care in their own homes, approximately 50% are yet to make any health-related adaptions to their property.
  • Campaigners, including Yorkshire MP Michael Dugher and representatives of The Alzheimer’s Society, have called for people with dementia to be issued with Blue Badges to aid with parking in public places. The badges currently enable people with limited mobility to park close to shop entrances and thoroughfares.
  • The role of social care minister has been downgraded following a Government re-shuffle, representing the first time the position has been granted to a junior minister since 2008. David Mowat, Under-Secretary of State for Community Health and Care, will now oversee the adult social care brief.

Medical research

  • The 10 biggest stroke risk factors (accounting for 90% of stroke instances) have been identified, according to recent research published in The Lancet. The global study, conducted by the Population Health Research Institute, found that hypertension was the most consistent risk factor. By limiting these 10 risk factors, it is hoped that the number of strokes can be significantly reduced.
  • The Alzheimer’s Society has launched a new campaign entitled ‘Becoming a dementia friendly retailer: a practical guide’. According to the charity’s research, 83% of people with dementia cite shopping as their favourite activity, yet 63% of the survey sample stated retailers were not doing enough to support people with the condition.
  • A U.K. man with multiple sclerosis is able to walk again following radical stem cell treatment. Eric Thompson of Hartlepool has regained use of his legs after undergoing surgery in Mexico. He now plans to dedicate his time to fundraising in order to help others pay for the procedure, which is not available on the NHS.
  • Simple sight and smell tests may highlight early signs of dementia, research from Moorfields eye hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has found. Doctors believe the breakthrough could be critical, as early diagnosis is key to managing the condition.

Join us in August for the next Good Care Group news round-up, and find out more about what’s happening in the care sector.

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