Can moving into a care home be a positive choice for a person who is living with dementia and their family?
When there are so many stories being told about poor care, no wonder that there is a stigma attached to going to live in a care home. When relatives see this as a last resort and speak of their feelings of guilt in “putting Mum or Dad into a Home” we can clearly see that there is work to be done to raise the standard for dementia care homes – improving the experience for those receiving care and the reputation of care providers.
- Families should be confident that a move into a dementia care home gives the person with dementia a better quality of life than if they remain at home.
- Care Home staff with specialist skills and knowledge should be supporting people to live well with dementia in a specialist environment.
- Care Homes should be proud of their specialist dementia care service which they can evidence to those who are choosing it.
Dementia Champions has been established by Jackie Pool Associates to help those:
- choosing a care home to raise the standard in dementia care homes by demanding the best.
- providing dementia care to raise the standard for specialist dementia care homes as a positive choice.