John is 83 years of age, round faced, tanned, cheerful, smiling a shock of white hair and a slight roll as he walks. A picture of health, strong legs and a good gait, he always comes into the clinic room first followed his wife. She is 77 years, slim, even underweight, walking more slowly than John and the waddle in her gait is due to pain and stiffness in her right hip. John, my patient, always greets me with a cheery “Hello, Doctor”. I’m not sure if this is rehearsed in the waiting room or whether he is reminded on his way down the corridor by his wife, Maureen. The expected question from me is always followed by “very well, thank you Doctor”. The next question from me is hardly considered before he looks at his wife to respond. No recollection of their recent holiday. No idea of where we are today or, needless to say, time or date. Quickly, Maureen takes over, anxiety shown in the deep lines on her forehead. Her smile is there but weak and uncertain.
One in six of us will develop dementia at some point during our lifetimes. For a condition that affects so many, it is surprising that we’re only just beginning to take steps towards understanding and trying to minimise its negative impact on quality of life
A story in The Guardian has revealed that social care employers in the social care sector are starting to see the benefits of employing graduates. Although social care providers haven’t traditionally recruited graduates, a number of firms, including The Good Care Group, are reaping the benefits of graduate talent.
A family submitted a Freedom of Information request to Perth and Kinross council after noticing a large number of different carers visiting their mother’s home. The information returned revealed that 87-year-old Anna, who suffers from dementia, had been visited by 107 different carers, as many as 14 different carers in one week.
Recognising that dementia will touch the lives of many people in some shape or form, Warners Solicitors in conjunction with The Good Care Group and Goodman Care Fees Advisers, is hosting a dementia awareness event at Warners’ office in Sevenoaks.
New draft guidance proposed by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised that care workers must stay for at least half an hour if they are providing personal help, such as with getting dressed or eating.