The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected care of people with dementia in 129 care homes and 20 hospitals across England during 2013 and 2014, in their thematic review of the care people living with dementia. There are examples of excellent care across hospitals and care homes in England. It remains likely that dementia patients experience poor care at some point along the care pathway. This review found the quality of dementia care varies greatly between areas.
” …the quality of care for people living with dementia varies greatly. It is likely that someone living with dementia will experience poor care at some point while living in a care home or being treated in hospital”.
There is a page of background information on the Themed Review of Dementia Care online.
The CQC has some specific improvement plans for the inspection process, including:
- The appointment of a national specialist adviser for dementia care.
- Training inspectors, in all inspection teams, to understand “what good dementia care looks like”, to ensure their judgments about providers’ performance are more consistent and robust.
- Adding a separate section into CQC hospital inspection reports, specifically covering how well each hospital cares for people living with dementia.
Read more: Cracks in the pathway. Care Quality Commission.
This relates to:
Cracks in the pathway: people’s experiences of dementia care as they move between care homes and hospitals. London: Care Quality Commission, October 10th 2014.
There is also an Executive Summary.