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FAIs: issues for families and carers

This article examines some of the areas covered by a review of the Fatal Accident Inquiry System in Scotland. The review followed the death of Roderick Donnett, a man with Down's syndrome who died whilst living in a care home. The article focuses specifically on key issue for families and carers as well as people with learning disabilities.

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Heart of the matter

The Public Health White Paper fails to mention supporting carers' health. Looks at the importance of protecting carers health and the need to provide carers with adequate breaks.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

New light cast on extent of elder abuse

Partners appear to be the main perpetrators of neglect according to a new report that has triggered a government review of its No Secrets adult protection guidance. The author reports. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

A carer's perspective of coping with dementia

Although Jean Tottie had worked in health and social care for 35 years, mostly in older people's services, nothing prepared her for her caring role. She found it a huge struggle trying to get the right care at the right time for her father so that he could stay living independently at home; so much so that she did not recognise her own needs. Here is Jean's story. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

Wheeling-dealing therapies

Reports on an award-winning mobile project in the West Country that uses complementary therapies to help people with dementia and their carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

A caring 'time bomb'

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Young carers

The editorial on child maltreatment in the September issue of the BJGP prompted me to think again about young carers. It talked about the fact that many maltreated and vulnerable children do not have an administratively competent carer and that often parents have health issues such as alcohol misuse or physical or mental health problems that can affect their children. In general practice it is not uncommon for us to see the parents but not see the young people themselves.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

Abuse of power

With a landmark study under way on domestic violence among older people, the author investigates abuse that has long been overlooked. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

Help at hand for the hidden carer

The Law Commissioner has recommended changes to carers rights in its proposals to overhaul adult care law. The changes could help social workers to highlight the needs of hidden carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

The importance of listening to family carers

This article describes the themes emerging from the author’s anthology of personal accounts of caring for a family member or friend with dementia, ‘Telling tales about dementia’. It explains the importance of family carers and suggests that the knowledge of family carers should be actively sought by professionals delivering services, discussing the barriers of patient confidentiality, examples of important information from family carers being disregarded, and the role of family carers in monitoring care and challenging professionals when necessary.

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