Living well with dementia in care homes
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Housing for People Living With Dementia in Greater Manchester - From Policy to Practice
Telephone: Advice line 0800 678 1602 free to call 8am - 7pm 365 days of the year
Telephone: National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 1122. Open 9.00am. – 5.00pm. Monday to Friday & 10.00am. – 4.00pm. Saturday and Sunday.
Arts 4 Dementia
Personalised Care in the NHS
Evidence from the Institute for Public Policy Research suggests that many older people are dissatisfied, lonely and depressed, and many are living with low levels of life satisfaction and wellbeing. These problems are widespread in older people living in care homes (Institute for Public Policy Research. Older people and wellbeing, 2008). Research by the Alzheimer's Society has shown that many care homes are still not providing person-centred care for older people (Alzheimers Society. Home from home report, 2007). One of the major problems identified was that older people in care homes do not have access to enough activities or ways to occupy their time. It has also been reported that many care home residents have problems accessing NHS primary and secondary healthcare services (British Geriatrics Society. Quest for Quality, 2011). A lack of activity and limited access to essential healthcare services can have a detrimental impact on a person's mental wellbeing.Older people in care homes should be treated with dignity and as individuals who have choice and control over how they live their lives and the care they receive. Empowering older people in care homes to be involved in all decisions about their lifestyle and care is fundamental to their mental wellbeing.
Best Practice Resources
National Institute for Care Excellence Quality standard [QS50] "Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes": for further information click here
- There should be daily opportunities for residents to maintain their brain health and cognitive skills through a healthy lifestyle, meaningful activities (e.g. music, arts, gardening, animal-assisted therapy, and physical activity) and a welcoming, dementia-friendly, social environment for all residents and visitors, drawing on community assets and the VCSE sector as appropriate (See resources on dementia friendly environments).
- The dementia diagnosis and holistic needs of individuals should be recorded in a single personalised care plan as part of an integrated care record, accessible to all involved in the person’s care (primary care, secondary care, social care, VCSE, and relatives, etc), in line with principles outlined in the Dementia Good Care Planning Guide.
- The care plan should be developed in partnership with the resident where this is possible, with input from the family/carer where appropriate, and include advance care planning/end of life care needs and preferences, as well as timescales for review.
- Care home staff should consider using personalised support tools such as the “This is Me” document and memory boxes to enable person-centred care and avoid potential distress.