SHEFFCARE EXTENDS ITS SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
Managers and senior executives at Sheffield care home chain Sheffcare have been attending a pioneering course to develop the organisation’s with people living with dementia. The University of Bradford’s Dementia Care Mapping is an established approach to achieving and embedding person-centred care for people with dementia, recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
For over 20 years it has been used by care practitioners to improve quality of life for people living with dementia in a range of care settings, including care homes and hospitals. Dementia Care Mapping prepares staff to take the perspective of the person with dementia in assessing the quality of the care they provide and it also empowers staff teams to engage in evidence-based critical reflection in order to improve the quality of care for people living with dementia.
“The majority of our homes across Sheffield now have dementia units, all of which have been praised by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of all health and social care in England,” said Sheffcare Chief Executive Belinda Black. “To maintain those incredibly high standards of care for people living with dementia, however, it is important that we find new avenues for developing our skills.
“The time our managers have spent working with the University of Bradford will be reflected in improvements to our dementia unit services, meaning that families can be assured their loved ones receive the best support possible at all times.”