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Boris Johnson announced on Monday 21st February 2022 that the Covid-19 restrictions for England have been fully lifted. Even though this made many people happy and excited to be back to a more familiar daily life, he also announced that all Covid-19 tests that had previously been free, will from April 1st have a price.

Why is this happening? 
Boris Johnson has said that the UK spent £2 billion on Covid-19 tests in January alone. This large sum of money is what urged Boris Johnson to make the changes and stop free tests in England. Business minister Paul Scully told Sky News: “If you think, what that £2 billion might go towards, there’s a lot of other backlogs in the NHS, other illnesses in the NHS, that that money could go for.” This could be extremely important and improve a lot in the social care, care home and home care sectors, but we will have to wait and see what the Government decides to do with the money. 
How much will these tests cost?
The government has said that from 1 April, anyone who would like or need to confirm their symptoms to be Covid-19 will have to pay between £2 and £5 per individual Lateral Flow Test or around £20 for a pack of seven. Boris Johnson said the Government is working closely with retailers to roll out this new plan and to make the tests available to purchase as many places as possible.
However, the day after the announcement, Boots UK became the first retailer to confirm its tests prices and as these start at a price of £5.99 for a single Lateral Flow Test, these are over the price range the Government has claimed.
Find their prices here: https://www.boots.com/covid-19-testing/pre-departure-to-uk-covid-19-travel-testing
How will this affect care home visits?
Over the past year, we in the UK have made huge improvements to care home visits compared to the previous year. This had a lot to do with the vaccinations being in motion and of course, the free tests played a huge part in this as well.
Giving the care workers and the residents in the care homes the comfort of knowing that everyone coming in to visit the care home would have had a negative Covid-19 test and knowing everyone could easily get their hands on the tests without having to worry about costs, will now change. Showing a negative lateral flow test before entering a care home is still a must, however this change in cost could potentially put families in difficult situations and for people who cannot afford these tests, I will mean that they can no longer visit their loved ones at the care homes.
Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, said: “Over the last year or so many older people have felt safe enough to see loved ones only because everyone has taken a lateral flow test beforehand, to provide reassurance. There’s now definitely a risk that some older people and their families will feel much less certain about meeting face to face if they are unable to access these tests or feel they can’t afford them.” It is still important to mention that some limited groups will remain eligible for free testing. These are expected to include people over 80 or with compromised immune systems, as well as NHS and care staff who show Covid symptoms.
Find more information here:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/22/people-visiting-care-homes-in-england-will-have-to-pay-for-covid-test
https://www.carehome.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1665879/care-homes-government-rethink-paying-for-tests

What is Parkinson's:
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. Age increases the risk of getting Parkinson’s and the average age of diagnosis is 60.
Parkinson’s is not a terminal condition. It is caused by changes in brain chemicals that gradually progress as the years go on. The reason for these changes has not yet been established.  In Parkinson’s, the brain cells that make dopamine either stop working or die. Dopamine is a signalling chemical that coordinates movement as well as the feelings of motivation and reward. When dopamine cells die Parkinson’s symptoms emerge.
How do you get diagnosed with Parkinson's?
To get diagnosed with Parkinson’s the doctor is looking at the person’s medical history and checking if more than two of the common symptoms are matching.
The common symptoms are:
🔴 Constipation or Incontinence
🔴 Balance Problems
🔴 Walking difficulties
🔴 Stooped posture
🔴 Stiffness of muscles
🔴 Resting Tremor
🔴 Slowness of movement
The four stages of Parkinson's:
👨‍⚕️ Diagnosis
📊 Maintenance
🥴 Complex
💊 Palliative
If you are an organisation in the health care, care home or home care sector, you can sign up to do our newly launched Supporting People with Parkinson’s course to get fully educated on the topic and learn how to care for someone suffering from it.
If you would like to learn more about Parkinson’s disease, please go to Parkinsons.org.

 Considering the international epilepsy day and to help grow the awareness for epilepsy and epileptic seizures we will share some general information       about epilepsy and epileptic seizures and answer some commonly asked questions about the condition.
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal and is a condition that causes people to have epileptic seizures.
An epileptic seizure is a sudden burst of electrical activity in the brain which causes the body to react in unexpected and uncontrollable ways.
What can cause epilepsy?
Epilepsy can be caused by many different things but in about half of the people with the condition, there is no identifiable cause. In the other half, the condition may be traced to various factors, including:
-Brain damage from birth
-Brain damage during an accident
-A stroke
-Meningitis
Are there different types of epileptic seizures?
Yes, there are over 40 different types of epileptic seizures. Some of the main types of seizures are:
🔴Tonic: Either half or the whole of a person’s body completely stiffens but doesn’t shake. All the muscles tighten, and they may fall. The eyes are fully open and roll back and they may bite their tongue or mouth.
🔴Tonic-clonic: This Is previously known as grand mal seizures. The clonic phase involves quick, rhythmic jerking of limbs, shaking, potential loss of bladder/bowel control, changes in breathing or biting your tongue or mouth.
🔴Myoclonic: Also known as myoclonic jerks. It has a sudden onset and usually causes a person’s upper body, arms and legs to jerk which can be mild or strong.
🔴Nocturnal: A nocturnal seizure can be any type of seizure that a person experiences in their sleep. Often the person is unaware that this has happened.
Is it possible to manage epilepsy?
Yes, it is. For most people, epilepsy can be well managed with medication and other treatments. This can mean the person might only have a few if any seizures at all.
More information:
If you are an organisation in the health care, childcare, care home or home care sector, you can sign up to do our newly launched Epilepsy course to get fully educated on the topic and learn how to care for someone suffering from it.
If you would like to learn more about epilepsy, please go to https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/what-is-epilepsy.

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