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Guide aimed at improving dementia care launched in Scotland

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The lives of dementia patients and their carers could be “transformed” if a guide launched today is implemented, claim those behind the initiative.

The guide, published by Carers Trust Scotland and the Royal College of Nursing, sets out six key standards to improve the care of people living with dementia by achieving “better collaboration between them, the carer and the health professional”.

“I’m delighted this guidance is now available for everyone involved in the care of people with dementia as I think it is a valuable tool in providing good quality person-centred care”

Therese Fyffe

The guide – The Triangle of Care, Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice for Dementia Care in Scotland – was co-designed with carers, people with dementia and practitioners. It builds on a model developed by Carers Trust, working in partnership with the RCN.

The initiative has already been launched in England, resulting in a lot of interest from hospitals, according the Carers Trust and the RCN.

Florence Burke, director of Carers Trust Scotland said: “We have seen how [the guide] can make a significant difference to carers and the quality of care provided to the person they care for.”

Theresa Fyffe, director of RCN Scotland, added: “Not only is it in the best interests of someone with dementia to ensure their carer is fully involved in decisions about that person’s care, it’s important for the carer to be fully supported as well.

“I’m delighted this guidance is now available for everyone involved in the care of people with dementia as I think it is a valuable tool in providing good quality person-centred care,” she said.

Carers Trust has also produced a report called A Road Less Rocky – supporting carers of people with dementia, which examines the challenges faced by people with dementia, the types of support they need and the critical points in their caring role.

Among the key findings was that only 51% of carers questioned said that they were given an opportunity to talk separately about their needs and how much care they felt able to provide.

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