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Apr 23, 2020 3 min

The Benefits of Live-In Care During Covid-19 Pandemic

The outbreak of Covid-19 has seen an unprecedented surge in demand on health and social care services and many resources are being stretched to breaking point. Hospital discharge teams are tending to go down the route of discharge to care…

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Dec 5, 2018 2 min
Dr Jamie from hometouch care miles

‘Care Miles can put us back on track’

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…

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Nov 29, 2018 2 min
The limitations to dementia testing

The limitations of 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.…

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Oct 31, 2018 3 min

What is BAN2401?

BAN2401 is an experimental drug that may offer hope for people living with dementia. Early research shows that the antibody may improve cognition, decrease symptoms and slow down the progress of early Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is still incurable, so any medication that can slow the progression of the condition offers hope for those affected by this debilitating disease. A new experimental drug has shown promise in early research. People using the medication showed better thought and understanding and exhibited fewer signs of Alzheimer’s. What is BAN2401? BAN2401 is an antibody that targets the abnormal proteins that are found in the brains of people affected by Alzheimer’s. After 18 months, the drug slowed down the mental decline by as much as 30 percent, when given at the highest trial dosage. Dr David Reynolds, the Chief Scientific Officer of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:‘These are encouraging findings and suggest that the anti-amyloid…

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Aug 31, 2018 2 min
hometouch founder, Dr Jamie Wilson

Dr Jamie Wilson on ‘24-hour care set to double’

The news Many will have seen the news today from the Lancet Public Health journal, that the number of people aged 85 and over needing 24-hour care is set to double. It also found the that the most “high dependent”…

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Dec 1, 2017 3 min
care crisis UK

UK elderly care issues

UK elderly care issues are becoming increasingly pressing as the population ages and life expectancy increases. More people require care in old age, and the cost of care is rising steadily. Care in crisis The baby boom, improved healthcare and…

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Sep 14, 2017 3 min
Will the council pay for care?

Brits Underestimate the Cost of Care By 62%

A survey of more than 2000 people reveals the lack of information available about the cost of care, leading to those in need facing financial difficulty completely unprepared. Brits underestimate costs of residential care by 62% 6 in 10 have not…

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Sep 1, 2017 3 min
UK care system

Why the Care System in the UK Isn’t Working

With austerity causing a crisis in local authority care provision, the threat of dementia tax, and Brexit, Dr Jane Gilbert talks about why the care system in the UK isn’t working. The big problem the care system Many thousands of…

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Mar 3, 2016 1 min

hometouch Winter Care Survey

This winter, we surveyed members of the public, customers of hometouch and followers of our social media accounts on their experiences of finding home care for their families. It is well known that both quality and cost are top of the concerns, but our survey found a wish for improved choice, transparency and control – something that is barely ever offered by the traditional home care model. For example, 77% of our respondents believed it should be possible to select their own carer, yet this is almost unheard of with most care agencies.

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Nov 25, 2015 3 min
the future of care

The Future of Care Agencies: What You Need to Know?

Care agencies: what they were, what they are, and what the future holds. Here’s an overview of everything you need to know. Is the Care Sector in Crisis? The care sector is undergoing significant change currently. Demand for care is…

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