Supporting People to Live Well With Dementia: Draft Dementia Quality Standard (NICE)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 2, September 2012].

Summary

This draft quality standard has been designed to improve quality of care for people living with dementia. The standard is made up of a set of measurable statements which contribute to improving the overall experience of care or services. These draft quality statements are (quotation):

  • People who are concerned that they or someone they know may have dementia should be listened to and have opportunities to discuss such concerns.
  • People who might have dementia should be informed of the benefits of attending a memory assessment service and encouraged to do so.
  • People living with dementia and their carers should be in contact with a local adviser who provides information about dementia and how to access additional support.
  • People living with dementia and their carers should have choice and control in decisions affecting their care and support.
  • People living with dementia should have a care and support plan based on individual needs.
  • People living with dementia and their carers should take part in a review of their care and support needs when their circumstances change and at least once a year.
  • People in the early stages of dementia and their carers should have opportunities to be involved in planning their palliative and end-of-life care.
  • People living with dementia should be supported to participate in activities based on individual interest and choice.
  • People living with dementia should be supported to maintain relationships and have opportunities to contribute to the wider community.
  • People living with dementia should be supported to access services that help maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.
  • People living with dementia should have their accommodation designed or adapted to meet their specific needs.
  • People living with dementia and their carers should have opportunities to be involved in planning and evaluating services.
  • People living with dementia and their carers should be supported to access independent advocacy services.

General aims are:

  1. Enhancing quality of life for people with care and support needs.
  2. Delaying and reducing the need for care and support.
  3. Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care and support.
  4. Safeguarding vulnerable people and protecting them from avoidable harm.

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Reference

NICE (2012). Draft quality standard – social care. Dementia: supporting people to live well with dementia. London: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), August 2012.

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