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Bradford Dementia Group approach improving human rights of those living with dementia

20 June 11

The University of Bradford's Dementia Group have today recognised the interim findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's (EHRC) ongoing enquiry into the quality of care of older people in their own homes.

The University of Bradford’s Dementia Group have today recognised the interim findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) ongoing enquiry into the quality of care of older people in their own homes.

Paul Edwards, Head of Training and Practice Development at Bradford Dementia Group said: “The interim report from the EHRC echoes what we find in practice. Much more needs to be done to improve services into the home. Our Dementia Care Mapping – Supported Living tool (DCM-SL) can go a long way to ensure the human rights of people with dementia are supported. We know that DCM-SL can help care teams learn new ways of working to improve well being for those in their service. Organisations providing services must put the quality of care uppermost in their minds and strive to continually to develop care quality.”

Due to present its full report in November, the EHRC has announced its conclusions drawn from patient feedback, highlighting strong causes for concern in the way home care services are delivered. The DCM-SL tool is a process where an individual’s care plan is fully tailored following staff training, observation, recording and analysis, feedback, and working in partnership with individuals to develop this data into a care routine.

The Bradford Dementia Group, based within the University’s School of Health studies, has a reputation for developing techniques that improve care for people living with dementia. The group’s research has sought to undertake groundbreaking work in this area. Over the last two years they have developed a method to support domiciliary care workers and improve services to people living at home that has directly led to improvements in care delivery.

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 has a significantly positive impact on supporting individuals with dementia to live at home.

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. 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.

The interim report from EHRC calls for changes to be made in quality of services into the home. Bradford Dementia Group continues to strive for better human care and have designed and implemented a unique and pioneering approach.

20 June 11

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