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Conversations with Larry

. .   Larry Gardiner is one of a new breed of dementia activists – people with a diagnosis who have decided to create mutual support groups, speak openly about the experience of living with...
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The slap and a rearrangement

SUNSET HOUSE Part 4   Well it’s been a funny few days. Dottie has had what staff are calling “a deterioration”. Poor Dottie. It’s hard watching her wander about the place looking lost trying to...
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Care Home Street Life

A few years ago, while I was working in a rather drab, run-down sort of a care home, I was tickled to see a news story about a dementia facility in Derry where the central courtyard had been fashioned to...
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Undercover Boss – £6 an hour, plus some lovely weekends away

Last year a third of the care homes belonging to the bankrupt Southern Cross stable were snapped up by Darlington-based company HC-one. They are employing 14,000 staff to look after more than 10000...
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Care Home Olympics!

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Tell us what you want. What you really, really want.

Waiting for the beginning of the end of the Olympics to start I got to thinking about the Spice Girls and the speculation that they will be reunited tonight for the closing ceremony. I wasn’t of their...
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My Home Life – New Report

A new report published by the Joseph Rowntree foundation warns against allowing care homes to become “islands of the old”, and calls for them to be developed as an integral part of the...
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Creativity in Helmsdale Oct 2012

  I had first met Karrie Marshall, one half of the Creativity in Care partnership, at the launch meeting of Dementia Friendly Communities back in August, and eventually caught up with part...
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People with dementia having fun

Many people would say the true test for a care home is not how it scored in the latest Care Commission report, but whether the staff who work there would be happy enough to see their own mothers move in...
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