Optimisation of dementia care in care homes: Dementia care framework (innovative practice)

Claire Royston, Gary Mitchell, Colin Sheeran, Joanne Strain, Sue Goldsmith

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Abstract

There are an increasing number of people living with dementia in care home settings. Recent reports suggest that people who deliver care to residents living with dementia in care homes require specialist support to provide optimum care. To address this need Four Seasons Health Care, the largest provider of care homes within the UK today, sought to design a dementia care framework that enhanced the quality of life for people living with dementia in their care homes. The framework was designed using a robust evidence base, engagement with people living with dementia, their care partners, policy-writers, multidisciplinary professionals and people within the organisation. This paper describes the methodology behind the dementia care framework and outcomes data from the first phase (of 20 care homes that included the care of 451 people living with dementia). The main outcome was a significant improvement in the quality of the lives of residents across biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalDementia:The International Journal of Social Research and Practice
Early online date22 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 22 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Care Homes
  • Older People
  • Technological Innovation
  • Technology
  • Person-Centred Care
  • Relationship Centred Care
  • Patient Safety

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