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Category Archives: Community Care

Drugs for depression could slow down dementia

A new study has claimed drugs used to treat cancer and depression could also help slow down the effects of dementia and other Neurodegenerative diseases. If they are proven to work, experts say it is a "very exciting first step in treating these disorders". Trazodone was shown to reduce brain shrinkage in early tests –…
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New possible therapy for Parkinson’s disease.

Researchers believe that they have found an effective way to treat/ reverse Parkinson’s disease. At the moment, treatment is available for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. However, treatment that is currently available alleviates the symptoms rather than stops Parkinson’s disease from progressing further. Due to brain cells dying, individuals with Parkinson’s disease lack dopamine (an essential…
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New hope for patients with Alzheimer`s.

Scientists are currently working on the production of a new medication for Alzheimers. If tests are considered successful (these will be carried out later this year) then the drug called, Intepirdine, will be the first new treatment for Alzheimers in over a decade. Alzheimers is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only…
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Dementia: a life-sentence in more ways than one

A recent report by the Law Commission has highlighted how a Supreme Court decision on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) has had a negative impact on people with dementia and learning difficulties. The decision by the Supreme Court in 2014, has so greatly widened the definition of those who should be subject to DoLS checks,…
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Outrage over a Care Home charging residents for DoLS authorisations

Southfield House, a private residential home in Stockport has been charging its residents £250 if they require a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards(DoLS) authorisation. This controversial charge has been roundly criticised by professionals involved in the care of vulnerable adults lacking capacity. The £250 fee is added to a resident’s bill with a £125 fee also…
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SWAIN & CO DEMENTIA TOOLKIT LAUNCHED

Swain and Co Solicitors are delighted to announce that our free Dementia Toolkits are now available at our Havant and Southampton offices. Dementia is one of the most degenerative conditions that anyone can face with more and more people being affected. The consequences of a dementia or other mental health diagnosis can be profound both…
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Local Government Ombudsman Report reveals rise in social care complaints

The annual report from the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has been published showing a rise in the number of complaints being made about councils’ adult services. In the last year there were 2,584 complaints which is an increase of 4% from the previous year. Breaking down the figures further, 602 complaints focused on the assessment…
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Local Authorities in support for 26 week time limit in care proceedings

A recent report from the Department of Education which looked at care applications in 21 local authorities (LAs) found that there is strong support for the 26 week timeframe for completing care proceedings. The report did find that some Local Authorities were failing to meet the timeframe but overall there was a reduction in the…
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Deputies could be forced to pay for Court of Protection cases

A current public consultation regarding costs in the Court of Protection is considering the option of deputies paying for litigation. Although this was always an option that a Judge had in determining costs liability, the standard position has been in the Court of the Protection that deputy costs are funded by the incapacitated person. Litigation…
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Safeguarding enquiries increase following Care Act 2014 implementation

A report commissioned by the Local Government Association found a marked increase in the number of safeguarding enquiries being referred to local authorities. Since the implementation of the Care Act 2014 on 1 April 2015 councils have handled a staggering 103,900 matters in a six month time period. This is double the previous year. The…
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