Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive, neurological disorders or conditions affecting the brain. The brain is made up of nerve cells (neurones), that communicate with each other by sending messages. Dementia damages the nerve cells in the brain so messages can’t be sent from and to the brain effectively, this can prevent the body from functioning normally. Dementia mainly affects people over the age of 65 (one in 14 people in this age group have dementia), and the likelihood of developing dementia increases significantly with age.
This customisable policy will support your staff to provide dignified care and support to clients who are living with dementia; they will understand dementia and the impact it can have on a client’s life. They will use a holistic, person-centred approach and provide a plan of care that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual.
This policy will support and guide staff in the care of client with dementia. The person living with dementia will be supported to have the best quality of life possible. A model based on dignity, independence and understanding will be applied. There will be a focus on individualised assessment and the delivery of care will respect each client’s specific needs. This policy will assist you to always practice with the best interest of the client in mind.