News articles and updates

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

Keeping in touch with friends and family

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 currently prohibit us all from leaving the place where we live to visit friends and relatives. This has been brought into force due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and is an essential order given to reduce the spread of this virus.

In Lambeth, we have a number of Care Providers, who have had to take swift action to protect their residents and this has meant restrictions on contact with the outside world, including visits by family members and friends, in line with Regulation 6 of the above regulations.

Lambeth has advised all our Providers, that they must do whatever they can to facilitate other types of contact with loved ones such as telephone, Skype, Whatsapp video calling, Zoom or Facetime.

We recognise that there will be some cases, where a resident may be very unwell or considered terminal and in these circumstances, care home providers will consider what arrangements can be made to safely enable contact, which does not place other vulnerable residents at risk. This is likely to include that visitors will be expected to wear personal protective equipment (provided to them) for these visits and allowed access only at agreed times.

We appreciate that this can be a very distressing situation for families wanting to be near loved ones and we will endeavour to do all we can to facilitate this whilst trying to ensure everyone is kept safe.

Alzheimer's Society Emergency Appeal

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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.