Dementia care

Dementia can take many forms and affects individuals in different ways. At Isle View we are well aware that the illness can also change over time, sometimes very rapidly. Our staff have a great deal of experience in caring for people with very high dependency needs and specifically with different forms of dementia.

Dementia not only affects the individual, but can be a huge strain on family and friends. If you have a loved one at Isle View our staff will keep you updated on any changes in behaviour and emotional wellbeing and are happy to give advice.

Due to dementia or age related health issues, a resident's dependency levels may increase dramatically over time. You need to be confident that the care home you choose can provide the right number of trained and qualified staff on duty to cope with increasing needs. This will avoid a stressful and disorientating move to a more appropriate home. At Isle View Care Home we understand this and residents and their families can be assured that they would remain at Isle View, despite increasing dependency levels.

The bigger picture

There is a strong trend away from purely residential care and towards nursing care, with the level of dependency of residents increasing. Scotland's National Dementia Strategy was launched on 1st June 2010 and the document can be found on the Scottish Government's website.

The report makes clear that people with dementia placed in care homes with inadequate staffing levels or with inexperienced staff, may experience impersonal care, with little daily activity and overuse of medication to address behaviours that staff and carers find challenging. The strategy also points to the problem of inappropriate admissions to hospital of people with dementia, from their family home or care home. It suggests that “specialist support and improved staff training for care homes can assist them to continue caring for residents who might otherwise go into hospital and help to ensure that any admissions are appropriate.”

Isle View already benefits from staff with higher levels of training and a higher proportion of nurses than the industry norm. Further, the owners are in a position to involve staff in well supported practice development work and provide access to cutting edge dementia training. Therefore, Isle View is in a good position to provide the level of care that will become a requirement in future. Isle View is able to continue to care for residents who might otherwise have been admitted to hospital. At Isle View, part of palliative care for very frail older people, is to discuss the options with the resident and their family regarding hospital admission. As long as Isle View can provide the nursing care required, and has the support of the G.P. the person remains at Isle View.

Alexandra McLuckie has a background in Cognitive Psychology and Research and has worked as a Consultant on Social Care projects. She has been employed by Edinburgh University on projects within the care sector, funded and supported by NHS Education Scotland (NES) and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS) and in partnership with the Care Commission.

Alexandra can access cutting edge staff training and support, particularly regarding care for people with dementia. She is committed to implementing relevant best practice as highlighted in current research. We are currently refurbishing Isle View and a big factor in our plans is to make the Care Home environment even more dementia friendly in line with the latest guidance. It can take years for research outcomes to filter down into practice, but in many cases there can be immediate benefit to implementing these findings and it keeps us up to date with the likely future requirements of the Inspection Body.

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