News articles and updates

The below captures some of the latest articles, research and news that is relevant to Adult Safeguarding.

Dying Matters Week

Dying Matters Week begins today and to mark the week, Lambeth Advance Care Planning Consortium has a range of initiatives to support yo in thinking abot advance planning.

 

Dying Matters Week events

Healthwatch Lambeth is hosting two zoom Death Cafes, informal chats with local people about any aspect of death and dying you’d like to explore – join by internet or phone on:

  • Monday 11 May, 3-5pm
  • Thursday 14 May, 5-7pm

To book your place, register online  or call 07943 986 256.

Carers Hub Lambeth is running an Advance Care Planning Information Session for unpaid/informal carers on how to record your future treatment and care wishes – join by internet or phone

  • Friday 15 May, afternoon

To register your interest, contact the Carers Hub team, email: connect@carershub.org.uk, tel: 020 7501 8970.

For more information on advance care planning read Healthwatch Lambeth's latest post about having your say during Dying Matters Week.

 

Advance Care Planning Champions             

The Consortium are looking for volunteers to help run stalls and workshops across Lambeth to raise awareness about how people can plan ahead and record their future treatment and care wishes.  Team members will receive training and support every step of the way, and have the chance to help devise alternative ways to deliver activities during the covid-19 pandemic.  

 

For more information about the consortium’s work, visit their website.

Alzheimer's Society Emergency Appeal

Alzheimer's Society logo

The Alzheimer's Society has launched an emergency appeal for funds so it can continue to help people who may be isolated and without support to eat, wash and take medication.

The charity received nearly 3,300 calls about coronavirus during March – roughly 100 a day. Meanwhile, its online community, Talking Point, saw a 600% increase in sign-ups. 

Kate Lee, the charity's CEO, said "People living with dementia are completely cut off from their families, their communities and the support networks they rely on due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is having a devastating effect on their wellbeing. With your support, Alzheimer’s Society will be there to put a virtual arm around the shoulders of people with dementia and let them know they are not alone".

You can visit the Alzheimer's Society to read the latest advice  for people affected by dementia. Anyone affected by dementia can also call their support line  on  0333 150 3456.

Lambeth Council have also compiled details on some of the support services that are available, to help people and their families who are impacted by dementia during this crisis. This can be found on their website.

Advance Care Planning by phone or video

Compassion in Dying has published a new resource to support GPs with advance care planning conversations  over the phone or video, in the context of coronavirus.

Publicising the new framework, the charity said that:

"There has never been a more important time to involve people in discussions and decisions about their care. Open and honest advance care planning (ACP) discussions are key to ensuring that people can consider and document what matters to them.

Coronavirus has made having these important discussions more challenging due to social distancing and quarantine measures. Having ACP discussions by phone or video can feel unfamiliar to people and doctors alike, and the GPs we work with told us they want to ensure they are having these discussions as sensitively as possible". 

This framework can be found amongst many other helpful tools on the Compassion in Dying website

Adult Safeguarding and homelessness

The Local Government Association and ADASS have published a briefing on positive practice in adult safeguarding and homelessness.

The purpose of this briefing is to assist senior leaders, such as members of Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs), as well as commissioners, practitioners and operational managers who are working across relevant sectors and agencies in this field, to support people who are homeless and at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect.

This is a complex area of safeguarding adults’ practice. It requires an integrated whole system response. The intention is that the briefing will support and improve practice and encourage debate about policy and service development.

The briefing includes reference to pathways developed in Lambeth, as well as lessons learnt from SAR Yi.

The full briefing is available to download from the LGA website.