Archive for June, 2014

North Somerset care home staff sentenced for ill-treating resident

Daniel Baynes, Tomasz Gidaszewski and Janusz Salnikow, pleaded guilty to ill-treatment, which took place in 2012.

Baynes also admitted stealing food and was jailed for four months. The others were given community orders.

Salnikow was also given a suspended jail sentence.

Sentencing the men at Bristol Crown Court, Judge Michael Longman said: “What you did was in breach of the most basic duty of care and humanity you had undertaken to perform.”

Mrs Wright, who was 79 at the time of the abuse, died in March.

Her family are now calling for cameras to be installed in all care homes.

The camera footage showed her being roughly handled, grabbed by the throat, teased or ignored.

Her son Jim Wright said seeing his mother being mistreated was “harrowing”.

“It’s absolutely disgusting. It’s the opposite of care. It’s neglect. It’s abuse.

“She was thrown about like she was a sack of something. There was no respect,” he said.

Read full story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-27907327

Help to prevent abuse- http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66065


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Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) have joined Alzheimer’s Society to call for an urgently needed long-term national plan for dementia. Five years on from the launch of the first ever National Dementia Strategy, a new report has been launched which assess progress made in three key areas of health and social care. Find out more and download the report here: http://bit.ly/1r5ERkg

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Welcome, Dallas A. Dixon…

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

My name is Dallas A. Dixon. I am 71 years old and have been married for 48 years to Rita, my lovely wife. We have two daughters, two son-in-laws, and three grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with family, bicycling, working out with weights, gardening, and of course, writing. Immediately after graduating from high school in 1961, I left home and spent 4 years in the US Navy, including 3 years aboard the submarine USS Bang. Soon after my discharge from the navy, I began working for an engineering and land surveying company located in Iowa. I remained with the company until I retired in 1999. I began writing after I retired.Dallas

What was the first story you wrote?

After I retired, I needed something to keep me busy, so I decided to write an autobiography about the first sixty years of my life. Three years later, I hired a local print shop to print several copies of the manuscript. Then, I did a lot of research on bookbinding, and finally hardbound seven books. About six months later, I began writing my first novel titled “Miss Nancy: June 5, 1964, to September 13, 1964”, and published it in 2009. I published the sequel to it in 2011.Dallas~Miss Nancy  cover

Were you inspired by someone or something?

During my years of working as a land surveyor and engineering assistant, I occasionally wrote legal land descriptions, as well as construction specifications for engineering plans. I always enjoyed typing, especially after computers appeared containing word processing programs.

What do you like about writing a story?

I enjoy writing because I can travel all over the world without leaving home, and can enjoy all sorts of experiences with many different characters. Most people who know me, consider me as a very quiet, soft-spoken type of man. I guess I do write and listen more than I talk.

Can you tell us about your newest book?

The title of my third and latest novel is “Duke and Alice: November 2010 to September 2011”, published in April of 2014.  Dallas~Duke and Alice coverDuke and Alice, a loving couple in their late sixties, live in a quiet neighborhood in Waterfield, Iowa. In the spring of 2011, they travel to California in order to bring their troubled teenage grandson, Jason, back to Iowa for a summer stay with them.

Jason’s wealthy father, Calvin, had earlier become involved with illegal drugs, and began frequenting parties offering drugs, as well as sex. Calvin soon introduced his wife, Mary, into the drug and sex scene. Jason’s parents eventually obtain a divorce, and soon afterwards, law officers arrest Calvin for illegal drug crimes.

As Jason begins bonding with Duke and Alice, Mary enters a thirty-day drug rehabilitation program in California. When Mary finishes the program, she moves to Waterfield, Iowa. Calvin blames Duke, Alice, and Mary for his arrest, and eventually drives to Iowa with plans to settle the score violently. Will Duke, Alice, and Mary survive Calvin’s drug induced, violent actions?

How did you come up with the story?

I wanted to write a story about grand-parenting and helping family members.

What genre best fits the book?

It is difficult to specify one particular genre, but I write about spicy romances mixed in with crime, action, and revenge on criminals.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

Not this summer. However, there is always a new story spinning around inside my mind. At the current time, I am contemplating writing another novel, but it is very time consuming and a lot of hard work.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

I suggest he or she does a basic outline prior to writing. As he or she writes the story, keep a separate list of your characters. I like to list their appearance, how they speak, how they act, etc. It is very easy to get characters mixed up while writing. The list will help. Do not become discouraged. Just keep on writing. Keep a dictionary by your side, for you cannot always rely on automatic spell check. When the manuscript is finished, be very cautious about choosing how to publish the book. Research, research, research. I recommend either going through the traditional publishing process, or self publish the book through Amazon, Smashwords, or Createspace. I published the first two novels through a self-publishing company. It was very expensive with little return, at least in my case.

What is your writing routine?

I usually write one chapter, and then proofread and edit it three times before moving on to the next chapter. When I complete writing, proofing, and editing each chapter, I put them all together into the manuscript. Then, I edit and proofread the entire manuscript, usually three or four times. When I am finally satisfied, I add the front matter and back matter to the manuscript.     

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

The most enjoyment I receive from writing is when someone tells me that he or she has enjoyed reading one of my books. To me, the least enjoyment is formatting the manuscript for different e-book publishers.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

It is very important to me. I am very happy when someone reads one of my books. I occasionally write informational articles on the blog that Google allows me to use, and I try to include articles from other authors. The latest blog post on my blog is by Suzan Collins. I thank you, Suzan. It is my hope that in the future, other guest bloggers will write articles on my blog about different forms of abuse they have experienced or witnessed, with the hopes of stopping the abuse that goes on in this world. If anyone is interested in guest blogging on my blog, please contact me.

Where can people go to read your work?

My first two novels are available at RoseDogBooks.com, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble.com. My third novel is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Createspace.com, and Smashwords.com.

Where can people find you on the internet?

Email: dal629@mchsi.com

Blog: http://www.dallasadixon.blogspot.com/

My Amazon Author’s page: http://goo.gl/wT3296

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dallasadixon

Twitter: @DallasADixon

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

I first thank you, Suzan, for giving me this opportunity to interview on your blog. I appreciate it very much. I thank all who have purchased and read my books, and I encourage you all to write reviews for my books and other author’s books. The reviews help other potential readers decide if they want to read the books. Thanks again.

Dallas~Miss Nancy  cover          Dallas~Duke and Alice cover

Thank you, Dallas, for this interview. Suzan.  

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I was invited by Dallas A Dixon over in the States to write a piece on Elder Abuse goo.gl/QavPgo

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Improve the standard of residential, domiciliary and hospital care of older, vulnerable people

I would like the best, both for me and my family and friends. What about you??

Join me in being PRO-ACTIVE in helping prevent abuse of older, vulnerable people. Please do not do nothing and wait for more abuse to happen and organisations to go into the homes/hospitals after the abuse has happened.

This is what I am asking you to read and sign. I hope that you will read it through and click on the link at the end where you can sign your name to say you support this petition. Please do not worry, myself or the public do not see any of your details, not even your name.

Thank you for your support. It is greatly appreciated. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66065

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Beyond My Control: Why the Health and Social Care System Need Not Have Failed My Mother


Is someone you care about in a care or nursing home right now? Or receiving care at home? Or in hospital? Are you confident that your loved one is getting good, compassionate care? If you have concerns, what have you felt able to do about them? With 33 years’ experience in health and social care Suzan Collins believed she could ensure good care for her mother, and her family relied on her to do so. She was actually delivering training on best practice when she was first contacted with the news her mother had broken her leg at her nursing home and been transferred to hospital. This is the story of what followed – the gradual revelation of a whole ongoing chain of bad practice and poor care that Suzan, with all her knowledge and experience of ‘the system’, could not influence. In this highly topical book, Suzan shares her story from her personal and professional perspective and looks ahead to how we can all contribute to keeping vulnerable people in the health and social care system safe from harm.

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Available in paperback and Kindle at larger book shops and on Amazon.


UK:  http://goo.gl/L4zBFd

USA: http://goo.gl/rhwBiI

Canada: http://goo.gl/FZs6Pp

Aus: http://goo.gl/0ifHLS

Italy: http://goo.gl/nuzYya

France: http://goo.gl/WLLHK5

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Ruth Dugdall, author of historical fiction

Ruth Dugdall

 Jayne-Marie Barker, author of mystery and crime.

Jayne Marie Barker

Rebeccah Giltrow, author of adult fiction

Rebeccah and I

Terry Tarbox, children’s author

Terry Tarbox~LOW LIBRARY

Ian Robb, author of history

Ian Robb

Lit event~group

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Enjoyed reading The Journal, eating cake and chatting with fellow authors Terry Tarbox and Kevin Price.

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Get Reading Literary Event in London:

Dick and Dom, with the lovely Hugh Grant.Dick Dom and HughHugh


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On The RailsBlurb…
‘For sexy thirty something Widow Nikki, a freelance reporter, life is pretty much on track. She has some good friends, a great job, and no money worries. So what if her heart is a little bruised. When an assignment to cover a children’s charity do in London comes up she leaps at the chance to rub shoulders with a few celebrities.

Here she meets Simon, a star from TV soap. Its lust at first sight and Nikki quickly wrangles a job with the charity, hoping to catch his eye. Her new commute quickly becomes enlivened by a series of entangled affairs ‘of the heart’. There’s Richard, a member of station staff, whose ‘slow and subtle attention’ entices Nikki into foreign adventures but it seems he’s a long way from all he appears.

There’s the gorgeous Luca, her new colleague, with his smouldering Italian good looks who is well on the way to derailing all her good intentions. And finally there’s Simon, who seems to be emerging as a narcissistic man, far more in love with himself than with any of women that have fallen for his undoubted charms.

With an assortment of warm friends, complete with ready shoulders, wicked humour and endless advice, Nikki’s travels on the rails are an adventure dotted with sex, celebrity and some hard choices. Will she find happiness in the end, will her heart be mended and her life, at last, complete?’

Watch out for the follow-up to this book, ‘Back on The Rails’.

Genre: Fiction=romance, chick lit, adventure, travel.

Available in paperback and Kindle


UK:  http://goo.gl/L4zBFd

USA: http://goo.gl/rhwBiI

Canada: http://goo.gl/FZs6Pp

Aus: http://goo.gl/0ifHLS

Italy: http://goo.gl/nuzYya

France: http://goo.gl/WLLHK5

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