Private care home pilots new dementia care project

A private care home has carried out pilot project to help its staff gain a better understanding of what it feels like to have dementia.

Care UK has created a high impact training system for its care home staff, which invites them to take part in a one-day course designed to give them the experience of the effects that dementia and frailty can have on their senses.

For example, glasses will blur their vision, bandages or gloves will be used to restrict movement in their hands and headphones will deliver white noise.

Karen Morrison, head of service design for residential care services at Care UK, said that there is "a growing recognition of the specialist care required for people with dementia and an acknowledgement of the specific knowledge and skills required by staff providing dementia care services".

She added: "The effectiveness of the approach is clear - staff are now more aware, have more insight and see the residents as individuals with unique needs and challenges which, in turn, has allowed them to deliver far more flexible, person-centred care."


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