SCIE media release

New dementia resources

27 September 2013

The importance of memories; a new film on Social Care TV

Care homes invited to take part in pilots about audits

Two new resources, which support people with dementia, have been launched. A new film on Social Care TV, about dementia and memories, and a pilot project, which supports care homes in auditing their work, are now available on the Social Care Institute for Excellence's website (SCIE).

SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe says:

These two new additions to SCIE's bank of resources are really useful to those who provide dementia care. The film shows how a person-centred approach is vital in understanding people's history; by tapping into memories, people with dementia can more easily adjust to the changes that happen to them with the condition. The care audit will be really useful for care homes and I encourage as many homes as possible to sign-up and join the pilot scheme. Dementia care is constantly evolving and we want to see continuing improvements through people using good practice resources such as these.

Film about dementia memories

It is so important to get to know someone when they have dementia; to learn about their memories and experience, and to understand that person's history and their likes and dislikes. Like everyone, these can change and it is important to recognise that fact. A new film on Social Care TV looks at three people who have dementia, as they interact with their relatives and talk about memories.

The film is useful for a range of people involved in dementia care, from care staff, to trainers, from social workers to the families of people with dementia. Sometimes people need support to express their memories, thoughts and feelings. It can help them to retain their identity. The film shows how, by understanding the person with the dementia, person-centred care and support can be provided.

The film concludes that finding the right support for people with dementia can make a big difference to their quality of life. Essentially, people often need support to express their memories, thoughts and feelings. Get that wrong, and many challenges can present themselves.

Dementia care audit: pilot in care homes

Care audits can help service providers to review and improve their practice against agreed standards. Care homes in England are invited to take part in a pilot, which will help them to audit their support for residents with dementia, and to compare their services against other providers.

The Department of Health has commissioned the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP ), in partnership with SCIE, to find out if social care providers find care audits useful and how they should be developed in the future. The dementia care audit will be based on NICE Quality Standards and has been developed with the support of an advisory group, including the Care Quality Commission (CQC). All care homes that take part in the pilot will receive training and support from SCIE.

There are several benefits for care homes that take part. Among other things, the dementia care audit will enable care homes; to identify what they are doing well and what they might need to improve; to improve their practice by identifying strengths and weaknesses in a logical, measurable way; and to prepare for CQC inspections by providing evidence of current practice against national guidelines.

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