Dementia

Carer caught on camera ill-treating 101-year-old dementia patient
Carer caught on camera ill-treating 101-year-old dementia patient

Care home's post about staff in pyjamas inspires thousands

A Facebook post for Dementia Week by a south Cumbrian care home about why its staff wore pyjamas when on night duty reached three million people, and was shared more than 230,000 times.

Some of the comments sent to the Old Vicarage at Allithwaite were from other care homes, where workers hoped to adopt the idea.

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The charity's offer of 50p for every share of the post was fortunately limited by the owner, Kamal Siddiqi, to £200.

The pictures also received thousands of comments, according to the home manager, Charlotte Gregson: “Many of the comments are from people whose loved ones are living with dementia, saying how confused they get at night, and that this simple idea can make such a huge difference."

Statues become focus of Dementia Week in London

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Roosevelt and Churchill statue
Westminster Council

The unusual sight of iconic statues of Sherlock Holmes, Winston Churchill and Mozart draped in yellow scarves decorated with blue Forget Me Not flowers, has greeted many workers and visitors to central London in recent days.

The “forget me not” scarves appeared on 11 statues in central and west London to mark Dementia Action Week, led by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Westminster Council, which has nearly 1,800 residents suffering with the degenerative condition, this week decorated several statues, including:

  • The Allies (Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt) in Bond Street
  • Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street
  • The Ballet Dancer in Covent Garden
  • Woman of Samaria, aka the Water Carrier, in Berkeley Square, Mayfair
  • Mozart in Ebury Street, Belgravia
  • King Charles I in Whitehall

And there are five more in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where the council says 1,500 of its residents have the condition.

  • The Venus fountain, Sloane Square
  • St Volodymyr the Great in Holland Park
  • A Moment of Peril at the Leighton House Museum
  • The Boy with Dolphin by the Albert Bridge
  • The Boy David at Chelsea Embankment

One in six people in the UK who are aged 80+ have dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. And it currently affects some 850,000 people.