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The Dementia Friends initiative - supporting people with dementia and their carers: reflections from Japan

Globally, an estimated 46.8 million people are living with dementia (ADI, 2015). The figure for Japan is 5 million; this represents 15% of all those aged 65 years and over (MHLW, 2015). With no cure and few effective treatments, policy developments increasingly emphasise ‘living well’ with the condition within supportive families and friendly communities (DH, 2009, 2012a, 2012b; WHO and ADI, 2012).

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:27

Collateral damage: Australian carers' services caught between aged care and disability care reforms

In Australia, 2.7 million family and friend carers care for people with disabling conditions (including mental health conditions), who are terminally ill and/or who are elderly and frail.

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:19

Recognizing the Important Role of Family Caregivers

Harris focuses on the the healthcare industry's start of recognizing family members and close friends to have a greater impact on the patients experience of illness and outcomes than formal healthcare. She also highlights the statistics of United States Census Bureau and the National Center for Heath Statistics 2016 profile of older Americans and opportunity to recognize and celebrate the valuable role that informal caregivers provide every day by showing support through shopping, sending card, telephone calls, random acts of kindness and spiritual support through prayer.

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 14:09

Carers, along with patients, should be at the heart of care

Croft appreciates that while caring is a rewarding experience, the responsibility of supporting others can take its toll: indeed, people who provide substantial care are at 50% greater risk of experiencing mental health problems themselves. The burden of caring can be objective and subjective. For carers to fulfil their roles and feel supported doing so, it is essential for nurses to be empathetic and compassionate, and provide information, as well as offering a carer's assessment.

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:10

A Caregiver's Medication Misadventure

For Mom's valve replacement surgery, family members kept track of medications and tests while she was in the hospital. Drug therapies are involved in nearly three in four doctors' visits, more than 80% of hospital emergency department visits, and almost 73% of hospital outpatient visits. Policies that facilitate information sharing, engage pharmacists as care-team members, and align resources accordingly are needed to bridge the gaps in care transitions and address the human and economic costs associated with poor medication management.

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:44

Strain on unpaid carers putting adult social care at increased risk of collapse

The strain on millions of unpaid carers is harming their health, jeopardising the care of loved ones they care for, and putting the adult social care system at an increased risk of collapse, council and care leaders are warning.

Contains link to case studies.

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 09:48

Relationships between patients, informal caregivers and health professionals in care homes

Commentary on: Lindahl B, Lidén E, Lindblad BM. A meta-synthesis describing the relationships between patients, informal caregivers and health professionals in home-care settings. J Clin Nurs2011;20:454–63.

Implications for nursing practice

  • Care delivery in the home creates a unique and potentially challenging set of relational issues for the nurse, client and informal carer.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

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