Caring for people with frontotemporal dementia is hard, there are few facilities tailored for the younger sufferer and those are not always appropriate for people with frontotemporal dementia. Also there are no specific treatments yet for frontotemporal dementia. All this adds to the distress, isolation and burden of caring. The PDSG tries to decrease the burden by providing information and support.
The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) promotes, supports and defends the principles and practice of independent advocacy across Scotland. This newsletter provides an update on the progress of the SIAA and includes information about the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, as well as the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Exchange, which looked at advocacy, recovery and peer support. There are also details about a forensic mental health initiative which develops services for Mentally Disordered Offenders.
This resource is one of the units on the Open University's OpenLearn website, which provides free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world. After studying this unit users should be able to demonstrate understanding of the importance of negotiating the meaning of care relationships and be able to identify ways in which people play the roles of 'carer' and 'receiver of care'. This unit combines activities and discussion.
This resource is one of the units on the Open University's OpenLearn website, which provides free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world. This unit considers some of the issues raised by Howard Mitchell who has made a special study of Lennox Castle Hospital, about ten miles from Glasgow at Lennoxtown. His study is the subject of the video clips that accompany this block.
Paper setting out the potential shape of mental health services in England in 2015. Among other ambitions, it sees services as more accessible, equal, more supportive of carers, producing better care planning, offering individual budgets and investing in service user groups.
This Act of Scottish Parliament is in four parts. Part 1 covers Community Care, which includes charging and not charging for social care, accommodation, direct payments and carers. Part 2 looks at Joint Working and relationships between NHS bodies and local authorities. Part 3 relates to Health, specifically Health Boards' Lists. Part 4 is a General section outlining regulations, guidance and directions.
New horizons: public consultation on a new vision for mental health and well-being to help develop the promotion of mental health and well-being across the population, improve the quality and accessibility of services, and to enable SHAs to deliver their regional visions, in a way that reﬂects the changed nature of the NHS.
'Living Well with Dementia' sets out the government’s strategy for helping people with dementia and their carers over the next five years. Its aim is to ensure that significant improvements are made to dementia services across three key areas: awareness and understanding; earlier diagnosis and intervention; and quality of care. This briefing summarises the key points of the strategy, covering in greater depth elements which are relevant to the housing sector.
Paper reviewing evidence from national and international literature regarding which services are effective and/or cost-effective for informal carers of older people.
Four in five paid carers are women, because of gender norms and also the gender pay gap which makes it more costly for men to reduce employment hours. However, as more women move into other employment, the sector is struggling to recruit and retain staff. Susan Himmelweit from the Open University and Hilary Land from the University of Bristol examine what can be done to attract enough carers to meet society's increasing care needs.