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Changes to care services in East Sussex

Transformation of health and social care services in East Sussex is an ‘opportunity we must take’.

In an exclusive joint interview, two of the county’s most senior health bosses reflected on the challenges and successes of the East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) programme, which was set up three years ago in response to increasing demand on services due to an ageing population, and explained its next stages.

The partnership has seen two of East Sussex’s clinical commissioning groups and the county council working with East Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust, which runs both Hastings’ Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne’s District General Hospital, and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to both improve and integrate health and social care services.

 The next step is to create an accountable care model through the East Sussex Better Together Alliance, which provides a legal vehicle to formalise the changes and involves a shift away from payment by activity.
To read more on this story visit the Hastings and St Leonard’s Observer website.

Alzheimer’s and dementia friendly cinema screening

Pop corn cinema Hastings Dementia-friendly screenings make cinema accessible to all.

At the Rio cinema in Dalston, east London the matinee screening is aimed at the community’s senior citizens and all the screenings are dementia friendly. Cinemagoers are greeted warmly by the familiar faces of the Rio’s staff, who take their orders for tea, coffee and cake – all free with the £2 ticket.

“Dementia-friendly events are growing and we know there are pockets of activity in cinemas across the UK. We wanted to bring all that together and mark the significant change in how people with dementia can experience cinema,” says Hana Lewis, strategic manager of Film Hub Wales, one of nine BFI Film Audience Network hubs providing dementia-friendly guidance, training and support to cinema operators.

Alongside dementia-friendly screenings, cinemas across the UK are hosting reminiscence therapy activities, such as memory walks, guided tours and opportunities to handle special objects such as photographs, old coins and ticket stubs.

Cinemas across the UK are hosting special screenings and reminiscence therapy activities for older audiences as part of World Alzheimer’s Month. For more information visit The Guardian website.

Everycare Hastings appoint new Registered Manager for home care services

Denise King Everycare RomfordHasting’s home care provider appoint new senior manager

Everycare Hastings is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Registered Manager – Denise King.

Denise has over 20 years’ experience in the health & social care sector. She has gained a level 4 leadership and management. Denise is committed to delivering a high-quality person-centred care to service users and developing her staff to the highest of standards. She has also worked in all aspects of the delivery and management of care and understands the needs of service users and staff alike.

Companionship care in Hastings

Companionship services Everycare Hastings provides important companionship care services in Hastings, St Leonards on sea, Bexhill on sea, Battle, Ninfield and the surrounding areas.

Recent surveys have shown that loneliness and social isolation is an increasing problem in the UK.

Loneliness and social isolation in the United Kingdom

  • 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (Victor et al, 2003)
  • Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010)
  • Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014)
  • 63% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed, and 51% of the same group who are separated or divorced report, feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)
  • 59% of adults aged over 52 who report poor health say they feel lonely some of the time or often, compared to 21% who say they are in excellent health (Beaumont, 2013)
  • A higher percentage of women than men report feeling lonely some of the time or often  (Beaumont, 2013)

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