Public Health England (PHE) has re-launched the Act FAST stroke campaign, which urges the public to call 999 if they notice any signs of a stroke. While the majority of stokes occur in older people, recent figures from PHE show more first time strokes are now occurring at an earlier age. The average age for males having a stroke fell from 71 to 68 years and for females, 75 to 73 years between 2007 and 2016. Awareness is crucial, so the campaign reaches out to people of all ages.
Marie 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.
One 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).
Harrogate Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) representatives are needed to help plan services for the future. If you would like to help, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHSTrust is inviting you to attend a meeting on November 27th
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We 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…..
The 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).
Do you need more information and advice about caring for a person with dementia? The Good Care Group have published ‘Dementia: through their eyes’ - a guide to person-centred care for those with dementia. (Also available via our ‘Publications‘ page).
A 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.
‘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.