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Over one million people have now signed up to The Alzheimer's Society's groundbreaking 'Dementia Friends' initiative.

Dementia Friends

The programme originally launched two years ago, and it aims to educate the general public on what dementia is, how to spot the symptoms, and how to help those suffering from the illness, in order to eradicate the fear and isolation felt by many with the disease. The plan is working towards creating 'dementia friendly communities' with support networks across the country.

Although there are an estimated 720,000 people suffering from dementia in England alone, many have not been diagnosed. Prime Minister David Cameron has called it "one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime", and the government has announced that it will be providing more than £300m to tackle dementia during the next parliament.

If you'd like to sign up to become a Dementia Friend, you can join the initiative here.

Learn how to spot the signs of dementia.

Do you know someone with the following symptoms?

  • Memory loss, especially problems with remembering recent events
  • Increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require organisation and planning
  • Becoming confused in unfamiliar environments
  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Difficulty with numbers and/or handling money in shops
  • Changes in personality and mood
  • Depression

How can Sova Healthcare help those suffering from dementia?

Dementia can be a very challenging condition to care for. Sufferers, and their friends and family, can be put under a lot of strain, so it is of vital importance that the right help is received. At Sova Healthcare, we understand that every case of dementia is unique, and that it will affect you and your family in different ways. This is why our specialist care package is tailored to individuals, so you can be sure that your personal requirements will be taken into account. Our highly trained and experienced carers will provide compassionate and sensitive care for those with dementia in their own homes, allowing them to retain their independence for as long as possible.

If you would like to find out more about our services, please visit our dementia care page, or contact us for more information.
On Thursday 2nd October, Sova Healthcare teamed up with Rix House Care Home in Keighley, West Yorkshire (part of the Turning Point group), to host a Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Macmillan first started these events in 1990, and since then their annual coffee morning has raised over £113 million to become the world’s biggest such event. This year, Sova Healthcare and Rix House Care Home were happy to contribute to this great occasion. Both residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed the coffee morning and we raised a total of £121.21, which will be donated directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sova Healthcare's Macmillan Coffee Morning
From left to right: Alastair Lodge, Paula Lodge (Project Worker), Jane Risdale (Project Worker), Rachael Shackleton (Project Worker) and Mark Downey enjoying Sova Healthcare's Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Macmillan Cancer Support is a fantastic charity, and one very close to those of us in the healthcare industry, as it provides an invaluable source of knowledge, practical and financial support to those affected by cancer. This support isn’t just limited to the cancer victims themselves, but is also available to their families and carers.

At Sova Healthcare we understand just how important care services are, and in the case of our clients at Rix House, we provide a unique daily money management programme with Sova’s Appointeeship Service. We also provide Personal Care assistance, tailored to individuals’ needs, to help you, or your family member, get the most out of life.

If you’d like to find out more about the wide variety of care services we offer, please get in touch with us today.

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An NHS tax that was proposed by the Liberal Democrats has been supported by senior Labour politicians as a solution to the current crisis in health care funding. With a £30bn black hole in NHS finances forecast for the next 5 years, there is a general consensus among the two parties that a radical shake-up is needed.

Health care service budgets have so far been ring-fenced from cuts, though the majority of services have relied more heavily on efficiency in saving money.

However, a recent report by the King Fund has estimated that a quarter of NHS trusts are already running in the red, and with an ever-growing population, this may create even more stress on  care services. With current salary freezes, management cuts, and reductions in the prices paid to hospitals, the report claims that standard means of cost reduction have almost been exhausted.

Former coalition Health Minister Paul Burstow is just one of the senior Liberal Democrats believed to be in favor of the proposed tax, along with current Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb. Both agree that this proposal is the best way to secure the NHS’s future.

In an essay to be published by the Social Market Foundation as part of an upcoming report for the NHS, Burstow states that further efficiency savings are imperative and increased funding is required urgently. He writes: "By 2021, the NHS will be looking at a £30bn black hole. Social care is on track for a £7bn shortfall.”

The current Education Minister David Laws, who is in charge of drawing up the Liberal Democrat manifesto, is understood to be examining the proposal.