Hospital discharge planning

hospital discharge advice
Discharge from hospital is a positive step for the patient, but moving from twenty-four-hour care on the ward to the community can be challenging. Careful assessment, planning and communication can ensure care continuity and help the patient recover and adjust to life at home in safety and comfort. Meeting the needs of the patient as …

Sleep, relaxation and brain health

sleep and brain health
Busy lives filled with work stresses and family tensions can make it difficult to get the rest and relaxation we need. It’s easy to focus on keeping our bodies fit and functioning, and neglecting the health of our brains. Brain health isn’t just about emotional wellbeing. It’s about protecting our brains from disease and dementia …

‘Care Miles can put us back on track’

Dr Jamie from hometouch care miles
As we enter into the winter months, when social care is at its most pressured and we await a drastically overdue Social Care Green Paper from the Government, the debate around how best to secure the future of our care system rages on. We’re proposing a solution – ‘care miles’. Often this debate about social …

What is a memory assessment service?

Memory assessment service
At the moment, there’s no cure for dementia – that makes catching it early all the more important. But where does ordinary forgetfulness end and dementia begin? That’s where a memory assessment service comes in. What is a memory assessment service? A memory assessment service (MAS) is a healthcare service with the aim of detecting …

The limitations of dementia testing

The limitations to dementia testing
The recent study published in the BMJ, led by the University of Exeter, has highlighted shortcomings in the tests most commonly used by GPs to diagnose dementia – the Mini-Mental State Examination, Memory Impairment Screen and the Animal Naming test. As many as a third of participants in the study were misdiagnosed by at least …

Mental stimulation and brain health

Mental stimulation can boost brain health
Physical exercise can make your muscles strong and your body fit. Mental activity can be just as beneficial for the brain. By continuing to challenge our brains as we get older, we may be able to stay mentally sharp for longer. What is brain plasticity? The basic structure of your brain is determined at birth. …

How do you keep someone with dementia feeling included?

Involving people with dementia in family life
When someone in the family is diagnosed with dementia, it affects everyone. It’s a difficult and demanding time and it’s easy to fall in the trap of focusing on health, safety and care needs and forgetting about your loved one’s role as a member of the family. Because of their mental decline and problems with …

Why is brain health important?

Why is brain health important?
Even before you leave the womb, your brain works throughout your life to control your body’s functions and helps you understand and interact with the world around you. Maintaining a healthy brain will help your mind stay clear and active, so that you can continue to work, rest and play. The importance of heart health …

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