Head of NHS backs investment into community and home care for elderly people

Sir David Nicholson

‘If you think about the average general hospital now, something like 40 per cent of the patients will have some form of dementia,’ he told The Independent.

‘They [hospitals] are very bad places for old, frail people. We need to find alternatives.’

In a rapidly ageing population prone to mental infirmities such as Alzheimers and dementia, care options such as community and home care are becoming not only more convenient for clients and their families, but a more stable and personalised option too.

He added: ‘The nature of our patients is changing – and changing rapidly. You are getting a larger and larger group of frail, elderly patients who are confused.’

“There is much more that can be done to foster and enhance those age-old qualities of human kindness and compassion.’

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Police trained in care homes to help understand neurological conditions

Police are being trained to better understand the effects of Alzheimer’s.

After coming under fire for stunning a man suffering from Alzheimer’s with a tazer on his farm earlier in the year, The UK Police Force are looking for ways to diversify training in order to help recruits understand neurological conditions better.

Sarah Moody, locality manager for the Alzheimer’s Society said at the time:

“People with dementia can sometimes exhibit extreme agitation which can be difficult to understand and cope with for those who encounter it.”

“This unfortunate incident illustrates a lack of understanding in society of dementia and the best way to support and help people who are affected by this devastating condition.

Thames Valley police have entered a pilot scheme that will see them taking training sessions at Bluebird Care Home in Milton Keynes to help build a better understanding of how to deal with people who suffer from neaurological conditions and mental health issues.

Martin Elliott, community manager for Thames Valley Police said:

“Dealing with people with dementia and other neurological conditions is specialised.”

“We invest a great deal of time within our training programmes attempting to give our officers awareness of many of these issues. I am grateful to PJ Care for their investment and time in assisting with the placement programme, which practically allows our new police officers to acquire skills in dealing with people with some of these difficulties.”

“This knowledge and experience can only be of benefit to these officers, the police service and the wider community of Milton Keynes.”

Working with clients and patients with neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia can be challenging but is also incredibly rewarding too. Apex Health + Social Care have a number of positions available for experienced carers and mental health nurses. For more information on how to apply, please contact recruitment@apexhsc.co.uk

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