Tag : Care

Families sending relatives with dementia to Thailand for care

British families are sending elderly relatives with dementia overseas to Thailand in a small but growing trend. Researchers visiting private care homes in Chiang Mai have found eight homes where guests from the UK are living thousands of miles away from their families, because suitable care in their home country was impossible to find or afford. “Thailand already has a long history of medical tourism and it’s now setting itself up as an international hub for dementia care,” said Dr Caleb Johnston, a senior lecturer in human geography at Newcastle University. Some of the facilities are British-run; some are Thai-run but with substantial investment from British citizens; and some are Swiss-run. All have the backing and support of the Thai government. In Thailand, 1:1 around-the-clock residential care in award-winning facilities costs around £750 a week.

UK’s first Nursing Associates graduate

The UK’s first ever registered Nursing Associates were amongst almost 1000 students who graduated from the University of Lincoln in January. 

The university is one of a number of training providers across the UK supporting the introduction of Nursing Associates – a new support role that will sit alongside existing healthcare support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients. The role is designed to address a skills gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses, and it also provides a progression route into graduate level nursing. The newly qualified Nursing Associates are trained to work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care. They will become new members of the nursing team, supporting registered nurses and enabling them to focus on more complex clinical duties.

Former Carer Tackles Loneliness By Planting ‘Happy To Share’ Table Cards In Cafés Across Devon

  • StaffAid
  • April 25, 2018

There are 3.6 million older people in the UK who live alone. A staggering 1.9 million often feel ignored or invisible, according to Age UK. This is not only heart-breaking but also dangerous considering loneliness can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. One woman is refusing to ignore the epidemic and has come up with the simplest of ideas to tackle the issue. Caron Sprake, from Exmouth, designed and printed cards for people to put on their tables to break down those initial communication barriers and encourage others to sit with them and chat. The ‘Happy To Share’ cards are mostly dotted around restaurants and cafés in Devon. However it’s not unheard of for them to be found across the rest of the UK – and even internationally. Caron designed the cards and pitched them to a local charity which was looking to fund ideas helping people with their mental wellbeing in Devon. The charity loved the idea and granted her £450 to print her first batch of cards. Thanks to the help of a local printing company, Caron was able to print the first batch of 5,000 for free. She then used the money from the charity to print more and laminated them to make them durable. The cards are having a positive impact too. One woman got in touch with Caron after using them. “I stood it up on the table and someone came to sit with me and we ended up chatting. Since I spend, and always have spent, most of my life alone, I think these cards are a fantastic idea.” She said.

The Beeches care home rated as outstanding

A Norfolk care home with an “exceptionally high standard of care” has been praised by the CQC and rated as ‘outstanding’ overall following a visit in July. In the report inspectors said residents at The Beeches, in East Harling, spoke of “exceptionally compassionate, kind and gracious staff that went the extra mile to care for people they knew especially well”. The staff and management were also praised on the “robust adherence to good practice guidelines” with “effective systems in place meant that risks were well managed and mitigated”. The care home, which is owned and operated by Black Swan Care Group, can house up to 44 residents and supports people with the early stages of dementia.