Category Archives: Care

Caring for someone with cancer at Christmas?

Marie CurieMarie Curie provides a support line for people living with or caring for someone with a terminal illness 

The Marie Curie Support Line is a free and confidential service for people living with or caring for someone with terminal illness. The service provides practical information and emotional support to anyone that is affected by terminal illness. The service will be available throughout the festive period, including the bank holidays. You can find out more about the support line, including full opening hours, and other support services on the Marie Curie website.

How one NHS Trust has improved end-of-life care

End-of-lfe careOne NHS Trust demonstrates how patient feedback led to improved End of Life Care …..

‘Patient feedback is a vital part of improving NHS Services. Listening to feedback from patients and their families on End of Life Care has helped deliver a more dignified, compassionate and professional experience at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital NHS Trust. Staff in the trust, which provides acute healthcare in outer North East London, have redesigned their processes to make sure that the needs of dying patients and their bereaved relatives are at the heart things. This videoshows how patient feedback was used to create a positive change in services’.  (Source: NHS England Issue 60).

Caring can be a rollercoaster ride

Helping handsWe often talk about people being ‘carers’. In the media we read about the numbers of people who are carers, both young (children caring for a parent) and old (caring for siblings, spouses and parents). How well are people prepared for their role? And ….. what is it really like to be a carer? Each carer has their own story to tell and each is unique. Here is another, which featured in the Guardian newspaper this week…..

Will you be warm and safe this winter?

winter-warmthHARCVS is a partner in the Warm & Well project which seeks to assist residents and patients who are most at risk from the physical and emotional effects of being too cold at home, such as those on low incomes, with long-term health conditions, and the frail or elderly.

Support is varied according to people’s individual needs, but can cover energy switching, benefits advice, improvements to the home so it is both warmer and more efficient, crisis interventions where someone is without heating or hot water, and support with fuel debts. Funded by the British Gas Energy Trust, the project is only active until the end of December this year, so people are encouraged to get in touch sooner rather than later.

Referrals can be made into Warm and Well by calling 01423 740 001 or by visiting www.first4contact.org

 

New report on disability and poverty in later life

Disability and Poverty JRFThe Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has published Disability and poverty in later life. This report explores the relationship between disability and poverty among the older population. It examines the additional living costs that disabled people face and the importance of taking disability costs into account when making poverty assessments in the older population.

It also considers alternative directions of reform for the system of public support for older people with disabilities, and casts doubt on some of the suggestions that have been made for improving the targeting of public support for older disabled people. (Also available via our ‘Publications’ page).

Safe places in the Harrogate District

Safe PlaceA safe place is where anyone who might need a little bit more help and support, when they are out and about in the community, can call in to get assistance.

Members of the scheme carry a ‘keep safe’ card and may have a wristband. On the card there is a call centre number that can be contacted by the safe place to check the person’s details. The call centre will then contact the person’s responders to make sure someone who knows them the best can come to take them home. The safe place will make sure that the person is safe and feels comfortable until their responder is able to attend. More details about the scheme and local safe places.

‘We all have a story and cannot be understood without it’

‘Stories in dementia care: we all have a story and cannot be understood without it. Life story work typically involves helping people to make a record of some aspects of their life, most often in a book or template, although more creative approaches do exist, including the use of IT and stop frame animation. Increasingly, life story work is being promoted as an important tool for enhancing person-centred dementia care’. To find out more, follow this link to read an article from the Guardian newspaper.

New Guide to Healthy Caring

Picture2This guide has been produced by NHS England.  ‘A Practical Guide to Healthy Caring’ (online pdf) aims to support the 5.4 million carers, and in particular those 1.2 million aged over 65, who make a critical and often under-appreciated contribution not only to loved ones, neighbours and friends, but to the very sustainability of the NHS itself. The Guide is an A4 magazine-style publication that members of the public, professionals and organisations such as CCGs, pharmacists, Fire and Rescue Services and GPs can order free by ringing  0300 123 1002 or  through the Department of Health website