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In order to limit the spread of flu in care homes and in the community this season, all care home staff (including catering and cleaning staff) and residents, domiciliary care workers and hospice workers in London are now entitled to a free flu jab at their local pharmacy.

Getting the jab is easy: simply tell your staff to go along to their local pharmacy with their staff ID badge.

Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for the elderly or those with other health conditions. Every year some care home residents are admitted to hospital or die from flu complications, and care homes can be closed to new admissions due to flu outbreaks, causing greater hospital delays.

To find details of your local pharmacy – and for more information about who is eligible for this free service – please visit www.londonflu.co.uk
The UK's Leading Exhibition and Conference for Dementia is taking place this week at Olympia on  5 and 6 June 2015. Book your tickets online for discounted price of £10 or buy at the door for £16. If you are a carer, care professional or member of the public looking for more information about dementia, you must visit the show. It has the latest and best information about products, experts, services and practical advice to help those affected by Dementia. For more information, please visit www. alzheimersshow.co.uk
The Author, Mara Botonis wrote this book as a quick, "go-to" reference for family caregivers.  The book is divided into section for easy reading and ways to find tips to help in every day situations. More information is available on www.whencaringtakescourage.com and its available to buy from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/When-Caring-Takes-Courage-Compassionate/dp/1478730536 at £22.95.
  • SCIE – Dementia Gateway http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/dementia/resources/index.asp
  • Recently developed is a video of people speaking about their experiences of living with dementia: http://www.scie.org.uk/socialcaretv/video-player.asp?v=living-with-dementia


  • ‘Working with a client with dementia’ – a video produced by Ruils, a user-led organisation based in Richmond:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jmMor0lW-Q


  • The Alzheimer’s society – There are a number of videos on YouTube, including a range to introduce what dementia is and the different types of dementia (called Brain Tour) at: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/braintour (what is dementia)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q-H1-XwCZA&feature=player_embedded
  • IDEA is an online learning centre to improve the care and quality of life of people with dementia. It is a one-stop website where you will find information and resources including online courses and a range of audio-visual materials about dementia, its causes, treatment and the care of people affected: www.idea.nottingham.ac.uk
  • Naomi Feil & Gladys Wilson – There is a video on YouTube of the founder of validation therapy (Naomi Feil) communicating with Gladys Wilson, a lady in the later stages of dementia – at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrZXz10FcVM
  • Dementia Care Mapping: http://www.bradford.ac.uk/health/career-areas/bradford-dementia-group/dementia-care-mapping/
  • The DSDC Virtual Care Home - There are seven care home room views with information panels to highlight features of good practice in dementia-friendly design: http://dementia.stir.ac.uk/virtualhome 
  • Darkness in the Afternoon - Film from the perspective of the person with dementia. http://www.dementiashop.co.uk/catalog/37
  • Dementia Friendly Communities – Innovations in Dementia have a toolkit to support local work to develop dementia friendly communities: http://www.innovationsindementia.org.uk/projects_communities.htm#communities
  • Social Work and Dementia: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book238673
  • Graham Stokes - Dr Stokes, a consultant clinical psychologist and has been instrumental in the development of person-centred approaches to care and published a series of books on dementia. A five minutes video by Graham Stokes covering what is dementia is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-ILROXBZ8M.
  • AT Dementia has information on the use of Assistive technology for people living with dementia: http://www.atdementia.org.uk
  • NHS Choices has a good section on dementia: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/pages/introduction.aspx
  • Your Story Matters - The Life Story Network (LSN) has been funded by the Department of Health, to deliver the "Your Story Matters" training resource in Life Story Work, Human Rights and dementia: http://www.lifestorynetwork.org.uk
  • Progress for Providers Resource - In Control have developed a self-assessment resource to help achieve greater personalisation for people with dementia living in care homes: http://www.in-control.org.uk/news/in-control-news/new-progress-for-providers-resource-developed-for-dementia.aspx
  • Supporting Derek – published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, this resource  is aimed at staff supporting people with learning difficulties who develop dementia: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/supporting-derek
  • Hot Tips for Supporting People with a Learning Disability and Dementia - A free booklet from MacIntyre to help staff teams support a person who has dementia or is in the early stages of dementia, available at: http://www.improvinghealthandlives.org.uk/adjustments/?adjustment=254
  • Namaste – you can find out more about this approach to end of life care for people with dementia at: http://www.namastecare.com/
  • My Home Life dementia videos: http://myhomelife.org.uk/resources/dementia
  • Living well through activity in care homes: http://www.cot.co.uk/living-well-care-homes
  • Dementia Resources for Schools – there are a range of resources developed for use with children, which can be found at Creating a Dementia Friendly Generation
  • Dementia Action Alliances –These are the coming together of organisations to deliver the National Dementia Declaration; a common set of seven outcomes informed by people with dementia and their family carers.  Alliance members work towards delivering this vision through committing to actions within their organisation and undertaking joint programmes of work, for instance in care, housing and schools: http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances
  • The Bradford Well-being Profile - A tool developed by the Bradford Dementia Group at Bradford University. The tool is a free resource and does not require the person using it to be qualified but to have an underpinning knowledge of person centred approach, wellbeing and the psychological needs of people with dementia: http://www.bradford.ac.uk/health/career-areas/bradford-dementia-group/resources/the-bradford-well-being-profile/
  • As easy as ABC  – A free resource covering 100 hints and tips for activity based: http://www.careuk.com/sites/default/files/CareUK_Easy_as_ABC.pdf
  • A cure for Derek?– The Alzheimer’s Society  has launched this short film which follows the lives of Derek, who has dementia, and his wife, Yvonne, who has survived cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Us9EDHejHE&utm_source=enewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cureforderek91213
  • DEEP (Dementia Voices) - Guides aimed to support the involvement of people with dementia. These have been created with the input of people with dementia: http://dementiavoices.org.uk/resources/deep-guides/
  • Barbara’s Story - This is a video produced by Guy’s & St Thomas’s which shows, from the perspective of the person with dementia, what it’s like going into hospital / receiving care at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtA2sMAjU_Y
  • A Guide to Dementia Care at Home  – this booklet developed by Helping Hands Home Care provides an overview  of dementia to support people affected by dementia and those providing support  http://www.helpinghandshomecare.co.uk/docs/dementia-home-care-guide.pdf
  • House of Memories App - My House of Memories allows you to explore objects from the past and share memories together. It can be used by anyone, but has been designed for, and with, people living with dementia and their carers: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/projects/house-of-memories/my-house-of-memories-app.aspx
  • FaceDementia – A way of using your Facebook profile to give people an insight into the symptoms of dementia: http://www.facedementia.org/  
  • ‘Living with dementia’ – A SCIE film which features people who are living with dementia talking about their emotions and experiences: http://www.scie.org.uk/socialcaretv/video-player.asp?v=living-with-dementia&dm_i=4O5,2TGTY,P0YKS,A8JO7,1
  • The Dementia Diaries – a resource developed by Kent County Council to introduce dementia to young people: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Dementia-Diaries-Matthew-Snyman/dp/0957660006/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413303041&sr=8-1&keywords=dementia+diaries
  • Person-Centered Matters video - this video portrays the lives of 5 people who have dementia and shows how person-centered care helps them live meaningful lives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R3idi0e1eg#t%3D429
  • ‘My Visitors’ book – a book for a person living with dementia to help them keep track of the professionals who visit them in their home: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=2775
  • ‘Welcome to our world’ – a book written by a group of people who each have a diagnosis of dementia, and who want to share some stories from their lives alongside expressing some thoughts surrounding inhabiting the world of dementia from the inside: http://shop.alzheimers.org.uk/product/welcome-to-our-world/
  • Handbook to support family & friend carers of people with dementia – the handbook aims to help people’s understanding of dementia, provides practical tools and includes sections on day-to-day living, support and legal and money matters. It also includes an A–Z of symptoms and behaviours and a section on record keeping and updating relevant care documents: www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/dementiahandbook
  • Video: Can you help people like Linda get the right support? – as part of their ‘Right to Know’ campaign, the Alzheimer’s Society has created a film in which the viewer follows Linda through her diagnosis and sees how frightening and confusing it can be. The film also shows how much difference a Dementia Adviser or Support Worker can make to the experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muNlp4yWop8&list=UU1miDO27ShatLOE4nWARYCg
  • Free eBook: Butterflies and Battlefields – conflict with dementia in the home – Two photographers have recently completed this eBook which explores with photography and storytelling dementia's impact upon family life. It can downloaded free of charge (in pdf format) at: http://www.butterflies-and-battlefields.co.uk/

Source: Skills for Care London & South East Dementia e-network update
Everyone carries out some activities that involves manual handling on a daily basis. This can include; lifting, carrying and moving loads to some degree. These loads can come in the form of various objects of different sizes and weights but also include people. As a carer manual handling activities increases considerably and with that an increased risk of a manual handling injury. Manual handling injuries can affect different parts of your body, not only your back. These injuries can include muscle sprains, strains, trapped fingers, tears, pinched nerves or blood vessel and inflammation.

A Risk Assessment is carried out to determine potential manual handling tasks and where possible to eliminate these activities, mechanical aids such as a bath chair or powered hoists will be introduced. The Moving and Handling Procedure and Policy should always be used as a guideline.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) is a form of dementia that shares characteristics of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Abnormal deposits of protein (alpha-synuclein), called Lewy bodies affects the chemicals in the brain. Lewy bodies are named after Dr Friederich Lewy, a German neurologist who discovered abnormal protein deposits that disrupt the brain’s normal functioning in people with Parkinson’s disease in 1912.
The chemical changes in the brain can lead to problems with a person’s thinking, how they move as well as behaviour and mood. Early DLB symptoms can often be confused with similar symptoms found in Alzheimer’s. DLB can occur on its own but also alongside Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. There are two types of DLB; Dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies is one of the more common forms of progressive dementia. It can include symptoms of difficulty sleeping, loss of smell and visual hallucinations. Parkinson’s disease dementia may affect memory, social judgment, language or reasoning.
DLB appears to affect both men and women and accounts for up to 20% of people of dementia worldwide. It typically begins at the age of 50 or older but like most forms of dementia it is more prevalent if people over 65. More information and typical symptoms is available from

We have some exciting news to share at Professional Angels. Tanya Lonte has joined our team. Tanya will be working part-time as HR Administrator and Carer Supervisor.


The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are a replacement for the CRB checks. Applicants can keep their DBS certificates up to date online and it allows employers to check a certificate online. Applicants need to register online as soon as you have your application reference number or you can wait for your DBS certificate and register then. Registration lasts for one year and costs £13 per year. This allows you to take your certificate from one job to another. This way an employer can check your certificate online and get the result straight away. For more information please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.

The Level 2, 3 and 5 Diplomas have replaced the old NVQs and are provided Free by Access Skills throughout England. Please look at http://www.accessskills.co.uk/funding-dev/funding-for-qcf-diplomas/free-diplomas/ for more information.