Getting to Know Me: Supporting a Culture of Person-Centred Care

A blog piece from Susan Holland, Dementia Nurse Consultant at NHS Ayrshire and Arran who also works with us here @uwshealth and @AlzScotCPP. This was written for the Alzheimer’s Scotland Blog “Let’s Talk about Dementia” which I have contributed to previously. Another appropriate message for #DAW2018 in Scotland. Blogging is so much easier when others do the work for you !! Thanks, Susan.

Let's Talk about Dementia

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Improving outcomes for people with dementia within acute care settings has long been recognised as a commitment by the Scottish Government. Yet, with the recent launch of Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy (2017-2020) (Scottish Government, 2017), there is recognition that although significant progress has been made over the last ten years, wide variations in dementia care and treatment remain evident across Scotland.

People with dementia are estimated to occupy approximately 25% of acute hospital beds (Alzheimer Research UK, 2018) and are known to have longer lengths of stay and poorer outcomes than people who do not have dementia. With a growing ageing population and incidence of dementia, there is no doubt that acute hospital settings require ongoing support to meet current and future dementia care needs.

Person-centredness is at the heart of high-quality dementia care provision. This involves knowing the person and tailoring care to meet their personal abilities, needs, likes…

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