[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 7, February 2012].
There has not been a consistent definition of what constitutes an inpatient bed in mental health, and this has resulted in difficulties in benchmarking and judging performance. This report addresses the in-built variations of understanding and suggests a set of definitions for use by commissioners and service providers.
“The majority of assessment and treatment for people with dementia should ideally be provided in the community and not require a ‘dementia bed”. p.15.
An assessment in hospital is necessary in some cases. A “dementia bed” is one for a patient with a presumed or confirmed diagnosis of dementia who has severe behaviours which require assessment in a hospital setting. The design of the setting should be tailored to the needs of those with dementia and consider the use of appropriate assistive technology.
Appleton, S. (2012). Defining mental health services: promoting effective commissioning and supporting QIPP. London: NHS Confederation, January 2012.
Appleton, N. [and] Appleton, S. (2010). Living with dementia. [published in] Living well in the South East: planning homes and services for our lifetime. Conference report, Spring 2010. Nottingham: Care and Repair England, 2010.