[This article first appeared in: Dementia Newsletter RWHT Volume 1 Issue 6 January 2011].
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. It costs £65.00.
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. Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) is a set of observational tools that have been used in the UK since 1991. The intention is to improve the quality of person-centred care (PCC) for persons living with dementia within care homes, nursing homes, hospital wards, day care and interim care services (i.e. anywhere that significant numbers of people with moderate to severe dementia may be living).
The British Standards Institute (BSI) has designed this guideline to answer practical questions regarding the application of a person-centred care process. The BSI worked with the University of Bradford and healthcare experts to develop these guidelines with a view to enhancing the lives of people with dementia. Professor Murna Downs, Head of the Bradford Dementia Group, of Bradford University, led the development of this standard.
PAS 800 advocates the use of the DCM observational tools and DCM evaluation process to assess the quality of care provided from the viewpoint of a person with dementia and to identify opportunities for improving current standards of care. PAS 800 gives care providers clear guidance on the use of DCM, with recommendations for implementation so that people with dementia receive the highest standard of care.
Note: DCM is not a trivial process. It requires clear strategic and operational planning to achieve maximum return on investment.
BSI (2010). PAS 800 Use of Dementia Care Mapping for improved person-centred care in a care provider organization. London: BSI British Standards HQ, December 20th 2010.