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Care Sector News Review: September

Welcome back for September’s ‘Care Sector News Review’.

This month, awareness initiatives have commenced again after a summer break, care services have been under review by a number of different charities and educational institutions, and some exciting developments have been made in condition treatment and management.

Read on to find out about what’s been happening with care services, medical research and awareness initiatives in September.

Care services

  • Councils received 195,840 requests to deprive care home residents of their liberty under DoLS regulations in 2015 – 2016, an increase of approximately 42% on the previous year. This has led campaigners to voice concerns that care home residents are being treated as “second class citizens”.
  • More should be done to introduce elderly people with terminal conditions to palliative care services, a new report from the University of Edinburgh and Marie Curie has concluded. The study suggested that over 65s were less likely to be offered palliative support than younger people.
  • The number of people in the UK receiving council support for care has fallen by 26%, according to a report from the King's Fund and Nuffield Trust. At the same time, an ageing population has resulted in the number of people requiring care rising significantly.
  • Care home residents in Switzerland have marked this summer of sport by taking part in an ‘Elderly Olympics’, with events including the ‘walking-frame slalom’, ‘brick building’ and ‘giant darts’.

Medical research

  • Researchers from Cambridge University and Imperial College London have identified how the protein linked to Parkinson’s disease (alpha-synuclein) acts in healthy brains. It’s hoped this research could form the basis for new treatments and therapies in future.
  • A world first stem cell trial has been conducted in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in an attempt to develop a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
  • US biotech company Biogen have hailed the biggest development in Alzheimer’s treatment for 25 years, after scientists from the University of Zurich proved their new drug could successfully remove plaques that cause the disease from the human brain.
  • Researchers have developed a computer-based system designed to treat stroke-related blindness, which effects approximately one-third of stroke survivors. The treatment has been shown to generate “major improvements” within two to three weeks.

Awareness initiatives

  • Alzheimer’s associations from more than 60 countries have joined together to promote World Alzheimer’s Month; an initiative designed to raise awareness and funding for further medical research. World Alzheimer’s Day also took place on September 21st.
  • In the UK, September also marked Urology Awareness Month, which aims to enhance knowledge and remove the stigma often attached to urological conditions. To mark this event, organisers asked the public asked the public to help them cover a cumulative 5,317 miles on foot – one mile for every person diagnosed with urological cancer each year.
  • Finalists for the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friendly Awards 2016’ have now been announced.

Join us next month for another edition of the Care Sector News Review, and find out more about the latest stories from the care sector.