A police sergeant, #IntegratedCare and DLB

- 20 January 2014

I started writing this on the way home from the King’s Fund Learning Event on the Better Care Fund where we were busy discussing and tweeting about #integratedcare. It prompted me to describe the experience of my friend who is (probably) developing Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). My friend's story suggests that it can be down to one conscientious and pro-active individual within the system to trigger the coming together of professionals – regardless of institutional good intentions and structures.

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First hand experience of dementia, online self-service and the Care Bill

- 1st January 2014 

Happy New Year and welcome to my first blog.

One of the sadder things for me in the last six months of 2014 has been to see the quite sudden decline of a good old friend due to presumed dementia. It has also been educational for me to experience first hand the way the health & social care system has responded (or failed to), as I have become his closest carer. More about that in a future blog.

As an IT professional I have long promoted online service user access to your own social care record. Ironically, the first indication that there was anything wrong with my friend was when I set him up with a new laptop and broadband .....

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