There is a fresh initiative to ensure family carers are involved by hospital staff, so that they are enabled to give and receive information about relatives with dementia. Carers should be offered suitable opportunities to participate and have their say; and to be offered professional help, advice and support in return. People with dementia and their family / carer(s) should be considered together.
“The Triangle of Care initiative for dementia, developed in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing, as well as people with dementia and their carers, sets out a framework for meaningful engagement between professionals and those with first-hand experience of the condition. It builds on a similar initiative for mental health services”.
Murray, K. (2013). Dementia scheme encourages health professionals to listen to carers. Guardian Professional: Social Care Network [online], November 12th 2013.
The recently launched 2nd edition of the “Triangle of Care” guide now relates to all mental health services, not just acute inpatient care. It includes a universal self-assessment tool and guidance notes, plus examples of good practice from across the mental health care pathway.
Hannan, R. Thompson, R. Worthington, A. [and] Rooney, P. (2013). The triangle of care – carers included: a guide to best practice for dementia care. London: Carers Trust [and] Royal College of Nursing (RCN), 2013.
Worthington, A. Rooney, P. [and] Hannan, R. (2013). The triangle of care – carers included: a guide to best practice in mental health care in England. London: Carers Trust [and] Royal College of Nursing (RCN), 2013. Second Edition.
The first edition may also still be available:
The triangle of care – carers included: a guide to best practice in mental health care in England. London: The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, 2010. First Edition.