Neil Parish MP makes pledge in the fight against dementia

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 09/26/2013 - 9:19am

Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, has pledged to take action to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK. Neil Parish joined 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society in Portcullis House, Westminster on Tuesday 10th September to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers. Neil Parish pledged to help tackle the stigma attached to dementia and raise awareness to improve diagnosis rates in their constituency. Neil Parish said: “Devon is a beautiful county and many elderly people...

Care agencies invited to attend conference

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 08/26/2013 - 4:45pm

Quality and Partnership are the key themes in speeches from lead organisations at the annual Devon Care Training conference, this year titled What I do Matters.

Care providers and commissioners of care are gathering to share best practice, successes and challenges of working in a constantly changing market place where only those that adapt their businesses to provide tailor-made care will survive.

Care agencies from across the south west are invited to attend the What I Do Matters conference at the University of Exeter on Friday 13 September.

The conference is the...

Devon GP welcomes Prime Minister’s dementia challenge

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Wed, 05/22/2013 - 12:07am

A GP from Budleigh Salterton has welcomed a challenge from the Prime Minister to the NHS for 20 per cent more people who have dementia to be diagnosed by 2015.

Dementia Awareness Week takes place this week (19 – 25 May) and the challenge could lead to 160,000 more people in England with dementia receiving access to treatment and support.

In Exeter, East and Mid Devon a new dementia support worker service has recently launched.

It means support workers closely work with GP practices, community mental health teams, complex care teams, local hospitals and the voluntary...

Brain study seeks answers on dementia

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Fri, 03/15/2013 - 12:37pm

Research which seeks to understand how the brain’s electrical behaviour is linked to dementia could pave the way for better treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Dr Jon Brown, at the University of Exeter Medical School, has just started a three-year project to examine the complex networks within the brain, after initial evidence revealed that two areas, which are key to learning and memory, communicate abnormally under certain conditions.

Dementia affects 820,000 people living in the UK, meaning 25 million people have a close friend or family member with the condition...

Council task group calls for more recognition of depression

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 11:25pm

More should be done to highlight depression and remove stigma of the condition, says Devon County Council.

A review, published this week by a Council task group, examines the scale and impact of depression in older people in Devon, and looks at the services and strategies to help people affected.

While there is quite rightly considerable focus on dementia, depression is reported to be twice as prevalent.

The World Health Organisation projections indicate that depression will be the highest ranked cause of disease burden in developed countries by the year 2020....

Work on flagship dementia centre to start this summer

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 11:07pm

Remodelling work will begin this summer on the first of the county’s dementia care Centres of Excellence in Newton Abbot.

Mapleton Care Home, on Ashburton Road, already provides care for people with dementia, but will be completely redeveloped over the next 18 months to meet local demand.

The plans have been finalised following open days held earlier in the year, which gave residents, their families, as well as staff and others, an opportunity to see how the proposed plans will transform their care home.

Mapleton will the first of up to ten Council homes to be...

Exeter Uni students use poetry to revive lost memories

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Wed, 11/07/2012 - 11:13pm
Students from the University of Exeter’s English department are reading to older people in residential care homes, as part of a project that uses literature and poetry as a stimulus for senior citizens, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Care Homes Reading Project is in its second year of operation. This year eight care homes and 160 student volunteers have signed up to participate in a programme which uses reading aloud as a basis for creating intergenerational relationships. Strengthening links between young people and the ageing population in the community is key to...

No 10 adviser to help with Council’s Centres of Excellence

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Wed, 10/24/2012 - 3:13pm
A member of the Prime Minister’s ‘champion’ group on Dementia Friendly Communities is to help and advise Devon County Council on how their new multi-million pound dementia care Centres of Excellence should be run, it has been announced. Ian Sherriff and research colleagues from Plymouth University have been appointed by the Council to help make sure that their new Centres of Excellence not only provide first-rate care to people staying as residents, but also that they support the great many people living with dementia in their surrounding communities, and their carers. The University will...

Funded traineeships offered to five Devon teens in Exeter

Authored by Caitlin Clark
Posted: Tue, 02/18/2014 - 2:55pm

A Health & Social Care training centre is working in conjunction with Devon County Council to provide a unique opportunity for five young people from Devon to take up traineeships and earn apprenticeships with health and social care employers.

Venus Training & Consultancy has secured placements with some of the region’s leading healthcare employers in Exeter for five 16-18 year olds. The voluntary work placements are for three days a week for six weeks during the months of February and March, with a view to the young people being taken on as an apprentice at the end....

Healthcare Interior Design company launches new brand at national care show

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Sun, 11/25/2012 - 6:47pm
Access 21 Care Interiors offering interior design exclusively for the care sector and specialists in dementia design unveiled its new brand at the Care Show at the NEC in Birmingham, the largest care-sector event in the UK. The innovative design company created the new logo to reflect its services as specialists in the healthcare market. The brand was developed by Plymouth-based ADG Architects. The expanding Surbiton-based business works with clients across the South West and the UK as a whole designing across a full range of care schemes including general/extra care, nursing, learning...