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  • What does ‘planning for later life’ mean to you?

    What does ‘planning for later life’ mean to you?

    A spectrum of needs It has become quite fashionable these days to apply the concept of a spectrum – traditionally considered in terms of autism (as in being on the autistic spectrum) – to many aspects of our lives....
  • Death and dying, not a laughing matter?

    Death and dying, not a laughing matter?

    In my household this weekend we’ve been talking about what music we’d like at our respective funerals – we’ve even discussed that if we were to die during this pandemic it’s more likely that it would be a memorial...
  • Book Reviews

    Book Reviews

    We continue to add books to this section on an irregular basis. If there is a particular book you would like to see included, let us know at feedback@carechartsuk.co.uk. Dear Life by Rachel Clarke Palliative medicine is Dr Clarke’s...
  • Should a care home choose Remember-I’m-Me Care Charts or Mycarematters?

    Should a care home choose Remember-I’m-Me Care Charts or Mycarematters?

    For those care homes looking to improve their person-centred care there are now two tools to help which appear, at first glance, to be doing the same thing: providing a quick at-a-glance view of a person’s needs and preferences...
  • Report highlights person-centred care as key factor in treating depression

    Report highlights person-centred care as key factor in treating depression

    A joint report from the British Geriatrics Society and the Royal College of Psychiatrists has been published which showcases examples of best practice. The illustrations flow from effective interdisciplinary practice in treating depression in older people living in care...
  • What causes that frightening world of hallucinations?

    What causes that frightening world of hallucinations?

    Judith Pott’s mother, Esme, was terrified that the faceless people who sat on her sofa and the gargoyle-like creature that hopped from table to chair meant she had some form of mental illness. Neither her GP nor her optometrist...
  • How difficult can it be to draw a star?

    How difficult can it be to draw a star?

    I was introduced to this little exercise at a recent regional Dementia Action Alliance meeting, and thought others might also find it useful; care home managers may like to do it with their staff. Click here to print a...
  • Please Tell Me… a new Life Story book

    Please Tell Me… a new Life Story book

    We are often told that nothing can beat our Care Charts for getting information in front of everyone interacting with a person, but that’s not to say the learning should stop there. Our charts provide a snap-shot, at-a-glance view of a person’s...
  • Care Homes can now join John’s Campaign

    Care Homes can now join John’s Campaign

    Why should care homes join John’s Campaign? by Julia Jones, co-founder of John’s Campaign It’s a perfectly reasonable question – John’s Campaign started as a campaign for carer access to people with dementia in the acute hospital sector. My...
  • Oreo, spreading happiness and joy

    Oreo, spreading happiness and joy

    How Therapy Cats Can Bring Countless Joys to Older Adults. St Augustine Health Ministries, a nursing home in Cleveland, Ohio, has a very unusual 4-legged occupant, Oreo the cat. Previously a stray cat, Oreo has become a beloved member...
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