[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 2, September 2011].
These standards draw on ideas from the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Alzheimer’s “Charter of rights for people with dementia and their carers”. It has also been based on what people in Scotland with dementia have said is important to them.
Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland is meant to:
- Help people with dementia and their families / carers to be aware of, and assert, their rights.
- Assist in the commissioning of services for people with dementia and the provision of those services.
- Provide guidance on the scrutiny and inspection of services.
This report comprises sections on the following:
- Measuring the standards.
- Standards framework.
- I have the right to a diagnosis.
- I have the right to be regarded as a unique individual and to be treated with dignity and respect.
- I have the right to access a range of treatment, care and supports.
- I have the right to be as independent as possible and be included in my community.
- I have the right to have carers who are well supported and educated about dementia.
- I have the right to end of life care that respects my wishes.
- Useful contacts.
Standards of care for dementia in Scotland: action to support the change programme, Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy. Edinburgh: The Scottish Government, June 2011.