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Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research

Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research | Social Care | Scoop.it
One in two children in most deprived areas live below poverty line, while 2.3 million are classified as in relative poverty
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That's quite an indictment of capitalism with a human face ...

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Let’s not muddy the language of poverty

Let’s not muddy the language of poverty | Social Care | Scoop.it

When we discuss social exclusion, by interchanging “poverty” and “deprivation” with “inequality” we muddy the issue. We displace a word that conjures images of suffering for one with statistician-like sterility. We lose the juxtaposition of poor against rich and settle in a no man’s land of figures, studies and linguistic relief that frees us from facing a rather ugly reality: poverty exists in Britain.

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A welcome reminder of the importance of language in shaping the ways we see the world we live in. What we name things is important.

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ed_miliband's photo on Instagram (We built the NHS.
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Yes, Ed's on Instagram ... but forgets half of his speech to the delegation in Manchester.

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The power of empathy: Helen Riess at TEDxMiddlebury - YouTube

Dr. Riess is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She directs the Empathy & Relational Science Program, conducting research on the...
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Watch this to understand the power of paying attention to non-verbal and para-verbal communication. Once you really pay attention then you can become more empathic with those around you. So Reiss argues that empathy can be trained - we can all be trained to be more carin and compassionate towards those with whom we are in contact. She uses the acronym empathy to explain the essential components of the training she suggests to improve empathy:

 

Eye contact or eye gaze

Muscles of facial expression

Posture

Affect

Tone of voice

Hearing the whole person

Your response

 

"I feel your pain" is not simply folksy nonsense: there's science behind it.

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Living with dementia - SCIE TV | EMASB Health a...

Living with dementia - SCIE TV | EMASB Health a... | Social Care | Scoop.it
This brutally honest film reminds us that although dementia causes the loss of some abilities, people's feelings remain intact. The people in this film talk about their emotions: fear, guilt, embarrassment, isolation and powerless.
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The film shows how supportive relationships with families, friends and professional carers can play a key role in supporting people with dementia. The film is a powerful reminder of the importance of getting to know the person with advancing dementia as an individual and to help support them to maintain their own identity. 

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Remembering the past can improve the present for people with dementia

Remembering the past can improve the present for people with dementia | Social Care | Scoop.it

"I work with the charity Age Exchange as a reminiscence arts practitioner – running projects with both active and frail older people in care settings. Reminiscence arts is a unique way for artists, therapists and practitioners to work with older people, particularly those with dementia, to evoke and inspire their memories and imaginations. We use techniques derived from dance, visual arts, drama, literature and music to learn about people, help them communicate and build new relationships, despite the challenges dementia can pose."

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Read about a day in the life of this reminiscence arts practitioner and how important communication is in it.

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Complaints about social care are soaring, but that's a good sign

Complaints about social care are soaring, but that's a good sign | Social Care | Scoop.it

David Brindle: A report by the local government ombudsman shows a sharp rise in complaints about social care, but this could be because of an improving complaints process, not worsening services

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SCIE: Care Skillsbase - Home

SCIE: Care Skillsbase - Home | Social Care | Scoop.it

A resource for identifying and checking the communication and number skills care staff need to do their work.

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Some good basic skills work available here. How do you do on the checklists?

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Stage-struck older people get chance to realise their acting dreams

Stage-struck older people get chance to realise their acting dreams | Social Care | Scoop.it
New play Home Sweet Home, based on the stories and experiences of more than 200 older people, is being performed by a cast of professional and amateur actors.
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I love this kind of thing. Interestingly the initiative developed from an intercultural theatre company. Read on ...

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Alzheimer's now costs the UK £26bn every year, major new research suggests

Alzheimer's now costs the UK £26bn every year, major new research suggests | Social Care | Scoop.it
Two million Britons will suffer from Alzheimer’s by 2050, according to the most comprehensive review of the disease to date - which also reveals the costs of the condition to the UK have soared to £26bn a year.
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Wealthy stranded in digital dark age as expensive properties lack fast internet

Wealthy stranded in digital dark age as expensive properties lack fast internet | Social Care | Scoop.it
“Many of the UK's most exclusive addresses have well below average internet connection speeds (Wealthy stranded in digital dark age as expensive properties lack fast internet http://t.co/hLE2C5J3HZ)...”
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In pictures: Men walk a mile in her shoes to end violence against women

In pictures: Men walk a mile in her shoes to end violence against women | Social Care | Scoop.it
“Participants in the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to raise awareness and funds for White Ribbon, a movement of men working to end violence against women and girls, Sept. 26, 2013 in downtown Toronto.”
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HeadCon - Josh Knobe, Experimental Philosophy and the Notion of the Self - YouTube

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This may not appear immediately relevant but it speaks volumes to our discussions about identity, language and culture.

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Identity First vs Person First

Some autistic people prefer person first language (being called "a person with autism" or "a person with Asperger's). Many, however, prefer identity first language ("Autistic person" or "Aspie"). No...
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Interesting discussion about who prefers person first language and who identity first, and why.

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Using hospital complaints to improve patient safety

Using hospital complaints to improve patient safety | Social Care | Scoop.it
LSE colleagues from the Department of Social Psychology consider the untapped reserve of data that could be used to improve hospital patient safety: hospital complaints.
Clive McGoun's insight:

The revealing of the untapped data in this blog post is interesting - I noticed the particularly interesting statistic that 29% of the more than 88,000 complaints that the researchers collected focused on poor relationships between healthcare staff and patients. I wonder how many of those could be resolved through improved communication.

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Dementia friendly? The digital onslaught. In the shoes of… Gill’s Mum :)

Dementia friendly? The digital onslaught. In the shoes of… Gill’s Mum :) | Social Care | Scoop.it
Last week, I attended the Dementia Congress in Brighton. The sessions I attended were very interesting but involved being "talked at" rather a lot, whereas I am used to more interaction. I wrote an...
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Read the letter written by Gill's Mum in this post - a elder's perspective on the digital onslaught.

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What is stopping a digital revolution in health and social care?

What is stopping a digital revolution in health and social care? | Social Care | Scoop.it

A Guardian Healthcare Professionals Network seminar discussed barriers to digitising services and possible solutions. Gill Hitchcock reports (What is stopping a digital revolution in health and social care?

Clive McGoun's insight:

This is an interesting article not because of what it says but because of who it is flagging as being involved in the discussion. Digital care is equated with data-driven care - using the vast data sets that have been and continue to be collected and stored about each and every one of us in ways that can improve health and well-being. However, what we need to be careful with is that those who are the most vocal in touting this new world of data care are invariably either politicians who want to save money or the owners/co-owners of companies who are specialising in data analytics. Lots of vested interests ...

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Personality Profiling Proven to be Significant Part of Successful Social Care Values Based Recruiting | Care Industry News

Personality Profiling Proven to be Significant Part of Successful Social Care Values Based Recruiting | Care Industry News | Social Care | Scoop.it
Psychometric profiling company Profiles4Care today reports that demand for its online assessments by Care Sector employers taking part in the Department of (Personality Profiling Proven to be Significant Part of Successful Social Care Values Based...
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Watch this one creep from recruitment to staff management in CPD provision and then get aggregated with your Facebook profile to produce the 'real you' - despite your protestations to the contrary!

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Lego therapy for autistic children

Lego therapy for autistic children | Social Care | Scoop.it
Lego is being used as an alternative therapy to help children with autism and learning difficulties.
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Short video explaining how 'lego therapy' can be used to improve communication skills among children with learning difficulties and autism. It seems that building with lego bricks enables and encourages the kinds of team collaboration that pulls kids out of solitary activity and into interacting with others.

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Social care seen as “last resort” by South Asian communities, finds study - Community Care

Social care seen as “last resort” by South Asian communities, finds study - Community Care | Social Care | Scoop.it
Research highlights need for social care services to adapt to support older people from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities (RT @raceequality: Social care seen as “last resort” by South Asian communities, finds study
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Good article that made me ponder whether professional care is ever the first resort for people in need of help - independently of cultural heritage.

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mHealth and Mobile Medical Apps: A Framework to Assess Risk and Promote Safer Use

mHealth and Mobile Medical Apps: A Framework to Assess Risk and Promote Safer Use | Social Care | Scoop.it
The use of mobile medical apps by clinicians and others has grown considerably since the introduction of mobile phones.
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Services supporting older people are on verge of meltdown

Services supporting older people are on verge of meltdown | Social Care | Scoop.it
By 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, and todays social care systems are not equipped to copeOur love of a free NHS ignores the gaping hole in social care financesWe are all living longer and that is something to celebrate.
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Here's a plug for the ageing alliance's manifesto, Get Ready for Ageing'. Only thing is - they didn't give a link to it in the article so ... here it is http://www.independentage.org/media/816052/r4aa-maifesto-report-22-08-2014.pdf

 

The manifesto itself is on the conservative side. If things are as catastrophic as is made out (and I think things are) then we''re going to need far more radical suggestions than this.

 

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Drawing Autism: A Visual Tour of the Autistic Mind from Kids and Celebrated Artists on the Spectrum

Drawing Autism: A Visual Tour of the Autistic Mind from Kids and Celebrated Artists on the Spectrum | Social Care | Scoop.it
Pattern-recognition, demon-taming, and a humbling invitation into a different way of experiencing the world.

Autism and its related condi
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Five social media charity campaigns you need to know about

Five social media charity campaigns you need to know about | Social Care | Scoop.it
“From Movember to #nomakeupselfie, Zoe Amar compiles the top five campaigns and explains how they were achieved (Five social media charity campaigns you need to know about http://t.co/B3gF1CXK2W)...”
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Nice case studies here. Could ramp up the analysis though.
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The Charm Hacker

The Charm Hacker | Social Care | Scoop.it
Olivia Fox Cabane says she can make anyone more likable—for a price. But can charisma really be taught?
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It isn’t enough any more just to be smart. You also have to be able to interact with people. And that is easier said than done. It is one thing to grasp the rationale for social skills, but to actually become more charismatic? That’s tough. You resale have to take communication to a completely new level.
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