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We’re all going on a summer holiday

A hotel with a difference is drawing holidaymakers to the seaside in Essex. Natalie Valios visited the Grosvenor Hotel at Westcliff, which specialises in breaks for older people and their carers

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:22

Working with carers in the Bangladeshi community

Focuses on the study conducted by the University of Wales which identifies the social care needs of informal carers for dependent adult relatives from a Bangladeshi community in Wales. Health risk assessment of the community; Assessment of the health care services in the community; Necessity for community nurses to be culturally proficient through the provision of accurate education.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:22

The Oxford Friends and Family Empowerment (OFAFE) service: support and education for those affected by friends or family with personality disorder

The Oxford Friends and Family Empowerment (OFAFE) service is a carer support service that originated in a collaboration between the Oxfordshire Complex Needs Service and the national mental health charity Rethink. OFAFE provides support and education for adults supporting an individual with a personality disorder. This paper describes the background and operation of the OFAFE service, along with the early stages of the development of a similar service for young carers, the Young Friends and Family Empowerment (YFAFE) service.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:22

Mental health academics in the university departments of rural health: Roles and contributions

The author comments on the limited access to Australian mental health care particularly in rural and remote settings. He cites an article by Alexander and Fraser which reports that poor access to specialists and mental health services in some rural settings prevents patients from being treated by their general practitioners. Due to this, the large burden of care falls to families and informal carers. Recommendations on how to improve access to mental health services are also discussed.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:22

'A whole month of pleasure' - making music on the South Downs

This article describes an innovative project for people with dementia and their carers at Glyndebourne Opera House. During November and December 2008 and 2009, the Glyndebourne education department provided a series of 4 sessions for people with dementia and their carers. The Glyndebourne project was jointly funded and developed through a partnership between Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Lewes Villages Dementia Carers Outreach Service. Between 20 and 30 people with dementia and their carers took part in the project each year.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:22

Schools recognised for young carer support in new national awards

The article discusses the British Young Carers in School program which is designed to provide information, staff training, and other resources to schools to help them improve the support which they provide to students who have caregiving responsibilities. It notes the program is led by the nonprofit groups Carers Trust and The Children's Society and cites an award under the program received by Applemore College secondary school, Hampshire, England.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:21

A burden shared

As people with learning difficulties live longer their carers become correspondingly older. A council project in south London is helping meet the needs of older carers. [Introduction]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:21

Shared care in Sheffield

Reports on a support scheme in Sheffield for family carers over the age of 70, who care for a person with learning difficulties. The scheme won the carers category at this year's Community Care awards.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:21

'A brilliant think...just doing my own little bit'

Liveability is a NHS nurse-led service providing instructor-led exercise classes and gym sessions in Liverpool. The service collaborated with a European research project Innovate Dementia to increased access to Liveability for people living with dementia and to evaluate the benefits for those taking part in the programme. The evaluation found that involvement in the exercise programme brought many benefits for individuals with dementia and their carers. Core themes are discussed in relation to enjoyment and recreation and improved fitness and cognition.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:21

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