Dementia UK: new leaflet on eating and drinking

Although this leaflet is aimed at family carer, it might be a useful resource to your teams too or to flag to family and friends caring  for those you are providing services to.

Dementia UK have recently published a new leaflet suggesting ways for family carers to help the person they look after eat and drink well.

You can read the leaflet here. Or visit the website here to find out about ordering hard copies.

Different types of dementia act upon different areas of the brain, affecting people’s behaviour around food and drink in various ways. For instance, people with a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia are more likely to develop a sweet tooth and only want to eat to sugary food; whereas people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to experience difficulty recognising the sensations of hunger and thirst in themselves, or simply to forget to eat and drink.

Dr Hilda Hayo, our CEO and Chief Admiral Nurse said: “People with dementia need a healthy and balanced diet to help to prevent dehydration, weight loss, urinary tract infections and constipation. These problems can lead to discomfort, delirium and can even make dementia symptoms worse.”

Admiral Nurses suggest:

  • Set the scene by creating a familiar and comfortable eating environment

Specially adapted cutlery is available for people with dementia. Using plain plates can help them see the food more easily.

  • Avoid overwhelming the person with dementia with too much choice

Two simple options means the person can be involved in decision making (if appropriate). Showing the person the food you are talking about can be helpful.

  • Help the person with dementia recognise thirst

Keep a drink beside them at all times, and place it where it can be easily seen. Cups with nozzles or straws can be easier to manage for some people.

  • Eat with the person with dementia for encouragement

Eating alongside the person might encourage them to take an interest in their food, as well as providing some comfort and sense of social connection.

Skills for Care: new interactive learning and Development guide

Skills for Care have launched a new guide which aims to provide managers with a starting point to consider the best ways to develop their workforce and sustain learning.

You can access the new guide here.

The new interactive guide highlights the importance and benefits of learning and development opportunities and how to identify the needs of your services. It introduces you to apprenticeships and qualifications, other learning opportunities and how to find out what is best suited to your business needs and those of your workforce.

Developed with managers in mind, it aims to answers some of the questions you might have and provides a starting point in how to develop an effective and efficient learning and development strategy for your organisation.

It’s full of hints and tips on how to choose the right approach and full of practical guidance in the delivery and assessment of learning and development opportunities. It provides information on the cost of training and measuring its success along with providing information and ideas on how to keep your workforce up to date.

This new guide replaces both the previous guides: Ongoing Learning & Development in Adult Social Care and Choosing Workforce Learning.

Central Norfolk Admiral Nurses Service: Drop-in Session for Family Carers

This event might be useful for the people you support and their families and friends:

 

When things get challenging or difficult, the Admiral Nurse Service works alongside families affected by dementia to provide one-to-one support and guidance.

There will be free drop-in sessions with an Admiral Nurse or Dementia Support Worker available for family carers.

Everyone is welcome and no need to book.

 

Venue: The Music Room at The Assemble House, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RQ

Date/Time: Tuesday 12th June 2018 1pm to 4pm.

 

For further details please call 01603 679693.

You can see the flyer here.

The Care Workers Charity

The Care Workers Charity (CWC) supports current, former and retired care workers with hardship grants (up to £500), which are treated as gifts, and online information and advice on a range of health and wellbeing topics. Please do tell your care teams about CWC in case they need to apply for support at www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk

CWC are rallying all care providers and senior managers to join the movement and help them get closer to their vision: no care worker will ever face financial hardship alone.

You can get involved today by:

  1. Setting up a monthly donation here
  2. As a care provider joining their Supporters Club here
  3. Giving your care teams access to the CWC Salary Stretching platform from Perkbox (care workers can save on average £808 per year on their everyday shopping)
  4. Taking part in one of the CWC events here

For further details please contact CWC’s Chief Executive, Alex Ramamurthy, direct on alex@thecareworkerscharity.org.uk

Health and Safety made simple: free basic advice for businesses

Small or medium-size business owners can find out all the basics for your business online at the HSE website.

There is a free leaflet, Health and Safety made simple – The basics for your business, which can be downloaded.  This provides straightforward guidance on how you can make sure your business complies with health and safety law.

The leaflet is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law. It will help people decide who’s responsible for health and safety, write a health and safety policy, control the risks, consult employees, provide training and information, provide the right workplace facilities, make first-aid arrangements and report accidents, display the law poster and get insurance for their business.

The revised version has brought the advice up to date and clarified some of the key messages but the guidance on complying with the law has not been fundamentally changed.

 

You can also download the free version of the health and safety law poster, as well as HSE’s First aid at work: your questions answered leaflet.

Advance Care Planning for people with dementia – new guide

“My future wishes: Advanced Care Planning (ACP) for people with dementia in all care settings”, is a new guide launched by NHS England.

The guide provides signposting, information and support for colleagues in health, social

and community care settings, around advance care planning for people living with

dementia. It identifies key actions from the point of an initial diagnosis of dementia

through to the advanced condition, in order to highlight and prompt best practice

irrespective of care setting. It also considers situations where it has not been possible

to initiate an ACP / future wishes conversation early and provides some tips on how to

manage this.

The aim of this resource is to help practitioners, providers and health and social

care commissioners:

  • create opportunities for people living with dementia to develop an ACP through

initiating and / or opening up conversations;

  • ensure advance care planning is fully embedded in wider inclusive, personalised care

and support planning for dementia; and

  • ensure people living with dementia have the same equal opportunities as those

diagnosed with other life limiting conditions / diseases, in terms of accessing palliative

care services / support.

The guide also sets out information and resources around ACP that are already in use at

a local level.

The idea for this guide emerged from a workshop NHS England held in June 2017.

It has been developed with input from a diverse range of stakeholders. Contributors

include carers of people diagnosed with dementia, health and social care professionals,

NHS Foundation Trusts, charities, hospices and care homes. Stakeholder input has been

embedded in this guidance to ensure an inclusive, personalised approach for people

living with dementia that is responsive to their needs and preferences.

 

To access the guide click here.

Independent Age: Home Safety booklet

Independent Age have recently published a new advice booklet called: Home safety – How to spot risks and prevent accidents.  This is likely to be relevant to the people you support, useful for them and your staff as an information resource.

The booklets are written for older people but the information is useful to people of all ages.  They are in an easy read format, making them more accessible.

You can access the Home Safety booklet here.

 

In addition, Independent Age have a range of other advice guides and factsheets which you can see here.