Proper care for dementia sufferers should be offered by all healthcare providers including care homes, hospitals and support facilities. The British Standards Institute (BSI) has developed a new set of standards and guidelines to help promote this end.
This Publicly Available Specification (PAS 800) provides a guide to the principles and recommendations for the use of Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) by care providers. The intention is to improve the quality of person-centred care (PCC) for persons living with dementia. Quote:
“It is for use by people with responsibility for implementing, delivering and managing standards of care, quality assurance and improvement processes within health and social care.
PAS 800 is for use by providers of care homes, nursing homes, hospital wards, day care and interim care services where significant numbers of service users are living with moderate to severe dementia.
Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) is a set of observational tools that have been used in formal dementia care settings such as hospital wards, care homes and day care facilities in the UK since 1991.
It has been used as an instrument for developing person-centred care (PCC) practice”.