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Improving living at home ability for people with dementia

14 April 11


The Bradford Dementia Group, based within the University's School of Health studies has a reputation for developing techniques that improve care for people with dementia. Over the last two years they have developed a method to support domiciliary care workers and improve services to people living at home.

Based on their widely used, Dementia Care Mapping tool (DCM), the group has developed a version for use in peoples own homes. The tool aims to improve the skills of care workers and enable organisations to measure, monitor and improve their care.

Bradford Dementia Group launched the Dementia Care Mapping in Supported Living tool (DCM-SL) in 2009 after conducting a pilot with Lincolnshire County Council’s Home Support service into the acceptability of using DCM in a person’s own home.

Since 2009 Bradford Dementia Group have been working with a number of organisations to embed DCM-SL into their support services, now, DCM-SL is ready to be rolled out further. This initial work has proved to be a positive experience for care workers, family carers and people with dementia.

One of the priorities of the National Dementia Strategy - Living Well with Dementia is to improve the quality of support that people receive in their own home. Crucially, how long a person is able to remain at home is heavily dependent on the quality of services that are provided into the home. Many family carers feel isolated and need timely support to help them  continue to care, having competent , knowledgeable and sensitive care workers can go a long way to supporting the person with dementia at home.

Paul Edwards, Head of Training and Practice Development at Bradford Dementia Group said "Since the  launch of DCM-SL in 2009, we have been receiving interest from a variety of supported living organisations, to reflect the demand we have appointed Susannah Spencer as Project Lead for DCM-SL and she will be joining the team this month working with organisations to develop DCM-SL further, support individual care workers with there development and at the same time improving the quality of services for people with dementia in the community."

14 April 11

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