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Defined career path will improve dementia care

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Care home staff are the ‘make-or-break’ factor in the quality of care for residents with dementia, so they must have a proper career path. That was the message in a report by the Alzheimer’s Society based on a major survey of care homes and carers

The report said: ‘Carers were very clear that the care team were the basis for a home’s success. The top challenges to providing good-quality dementia care from a care home manager’s point of view relate to developing a staff team with the right attributes and skills, and keeping them motivated.’
A spokesperson for the Society said that it is calling for mandatory training for all care home staff and a move away from the ‘half-day training culture’. It is demanding a career structure that is funded by the government, linked to pay and reflected in the way care homes are inspected.
Expectations about the quality of life possible for people with dementia must be much higher, the report adds. It also states that the best care homes are marked by a good atmosphere and ‘warm relationships among residents and staff’.

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