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5 ways to communicate with dementia patients

There are things you can do to improve communications that will make a real difference to a dementia patient’s life. Here are five key principles to help you communicate with people with dementia:

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19 January 2017

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When the Concern is for the Carer – by Dr Rudy Capildeo, FRCP, Consultant Neurologist

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.

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20 September 2016
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Why dementia care demands a SPECAL approach

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

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16 August 2016
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One in three families unable to support relatives after discharge from hospital

One third of UK families do not have adequate experience or resources to effectively care for elderly relatives without extra support, when they are released from hospital, a new study has found.

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03 December 2015
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The Good Care Group leads the way in graduate recruitment

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. 

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03 September 2015

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Connecting Wokingham – Thursday, 16 July 2015

Dementia Support Forum

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16 June 2015
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Inadequate training putting people with dementia at risk

A recent survey revealed many care workers are not receiving adequate training to care for elderly people with dementia. Find out how Good Care Group’s person-centered approach is making a difference.

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28 May 2015
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Woman with dementia visited by over 100 different council carers

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.

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14 May 2015
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Research study shows the training of care home nurses is neglected

The University of York has recently published concerning results from their research into patient care and professional development for nursing staff in care homes.

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30 April 2015
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Family support and coping with dementia - 18th June 2015

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.

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23 April 2015
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Ministers call for an end to 15-minute care visits

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.

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12 March 2015
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The ‘indignity and suffering’ inside Britain's home care system

An investigation by the Daily Mail has revealed the reality of ‘indignity’ and ‘suffering’ in the council-funded home care system.

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12 February 2015