Background

820,000 people have dementia in the UK

(Alzheimer's Research Trust 2010)

Over a million people will have dementia by 2021

(Alzheimer's Society 2012)

64% of people living in care homes have dementia

(Alzheimer's Society 2012)

An estimated 25% of all hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia: with their length of stay being longer than other people

(Department of Health 2012)

 

Much focus has been on the negative experience and sub-standard of care for people with dementia (CQC 2011, RCP 2011). The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found 98% of patients and carers felt staff having a lack of understanding of dementia is a barrier to the provision of good quality care in acute settings (RCN 2011).

 

The main factors contributing poor hospitals and/or care homes has been the systemic failure to provide a majority of healthcare staff with appropriate skills and training to meet the increasing complexity of frail older people in hospitals and in care homes (BGS 2011).

 

Training has been shown to improve the quality of care delivered. (Health Foundation 2011). Training residential care staff to understand behaviour that staff find challenging could reduce incidents of such behaviour, and improve staff's well-being reducing stress and depression (Kuski et al 2007, Burgio et al 2001). Through better understanding of dementia and the experience of dementia, staff are more equipped to provide appropriate care, enabling people to live well with dementia.

With appropriate support, people with dementia can live meaningful and fulfilling lives