Dementia Care Forum

 

A Dementia Care Mapping Project, presented by Claire Gilbert

&

Feedback on Teepa Snow Model of Care by Chris Bishop, Service Manager from Independent Matters

Friday 25 August 2017

1.30pm at  3.00pm

Training Room 1, Hammerton Court, Julian Hospital, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich NR2 3TD

 

For any further information please contact:

 

Claire Leate

Education and Development Team Administrator

Education & Development

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

 

Please note I do not work Wednesdays

 

T: 01603 421541 (x6541)   

E: claire.leate@nsft.nhs.uk

 

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The importance of a diagnosis for people living with dementia

 

The Alzheimer’s Society estimates that up to 80% of residents in care homes live with dementia or severe memory problems (Alzheimer’s Society, 2013). The disparity between the number of those who are likely to have dementia and those with an actual diagnosis means that many people are not being given the opportunity to make informed choices, receive care informed by a thorough understanding of their care needs or access appropriate treatments, interventions or services. A diagnosis will aid the understanding of care workers, family members and friends, leading to better care and support of the person with dementia.

The CCGs are asking that providers help to ensure that their residents who are living with dementia have a diagnosis. This involves entering into discussions with the resident’s registered GP to ensure that individuals have a diagnosis. It is also about providers recognising signs and symptoms which may indicate onset of dementia. In these cases we would ask providers to contact GPs for assessment (or referral to memory clinics) in line with NICE guidance CG42: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg42

Providers can play an active role in identifying the residents living in their services and there is guidance and an example tool for care workers, available here: http://hin-southlondon.org/system/resources/resources/000/000/137/original/FINAL_Dementia_case-finding_tool_for_care_workers-w_amends_on_p1.pdf

Reference:

Alzheimer’s Society (2013) “Low Expectations” report. Retrieved May 18, 2017, from http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/download_info.php?fileID=1628

 

 

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