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Improving the quality of care for people with dementia living at home

16 June 10


University of Bradford and Department of Health meet to discuss improving the quality of care for people with dementia living at home.

Today (16 June), the University of Bradford's School of Health Studies, in partnership with the Department of Health, are hosting a meeting to identify strategies for ensuring quality of care for people with dementia who live in their own homes. They will be looking at how this can be done by using Dementia Care Mapping (DCM), an innovative methodology developed by the University of Bradford.

DCM has been included within the 2006 NICE SCIE guidelines on supporting people with dementia and their families and is cited in the recent National Audit Office (2010) report as a useful measure of quality of life. It is used extensively in the UK and internationally to improve the quality of care for people with dementia in residential settings.

The Bradford Dementia Group, part of the University's School of Health Studies, led by Professor Murna Downs holds a worldwide reputation for excellence in research, education; training and practice development in dementia care. The Group has now adapted DCM for use in people's own homes and are keen to see its wider implementation.

Paul Edwards, Head of Training and Practice Development at Bradford Dementia Group, said: "The National Dementia Strategy Living Well with Dementia, highlights the needs of people with dementia and their carers who live at home.  It is one of the priorities of the strategy to improve the quality of care that people receive in their own home and that requires a focus on training and quality improvement for domiciliary care services. 

"This event is a real opportunity to bring together key partners in the field of dementia care to look at how DCM can improve care for people with dementia and those who care for them. In a world where care at home for people with dementia can be so hit and miss in terms of quality, this meeting is both essential and timely. It is quite right that people choose to stay in their own homes and the key factor in how long they can stay is the support provided by domiciliary services. If we can improve and develop these services with DCM, then there will be real benefits to all involved."

The event will bring together a select number of experts from Department of Health, The Care Quality Commission, commissioners and providers of services.  The meeting is being held at the University of Bradford’s Escalate centre and will be facilitated by Paul Edwards and Claire Surr of the Bradford Dementia Group and Claire Goodchild, National Dementia Strategy Implementation Lead, Department of Health.

Paul concluded: "There are over 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK and many people would prefer to live in their own homes for as long as they can. If the quality of care provided in people's home is continually adjusting and improving to meet their needs then this should assist in people with dementia being able to stay longer in their own homes".

To find out more about the Dementia Care Group visit www.brad.ac.uk/health/dementia/

16 June 10

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