The founder of Home Instead UK, Trevor Brocklebank, is a part of a group that is contributing to a number of different reports as part of the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia, and a new report has recently been published.
The report, entitled ‘Dementia and Homecare: Driving Quality and Innovation’, seeks to provide clear and practical guidance of innovative practice of dementia care within communities, and how these practices and examples can be developed within other communities and across the care sector.
The report suggests several actions that should be implemented in order to inspire better dementia care quality in all communities, with groups and individuals at all levels being called on to take action, including regulators, health sector partners, care providers and commissioners.
Some of the actions required for change include delivering a personalised approach that is focussed on the outcomes for the individual and their families rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach, as well as ensuring sufficient time for care workers to deliver the care that is required by people living with dementia in the way they prefer. Other actions include allowing homecare providers greater scope to innovate and work with individuals to shape the care they need, and developing crucial research into caring for those living with dementia, and searching for a cure.
At Home Instead, we provide specialist Alzheimer’s and dementia care and support at home for our clients on a daily basis, and we can see first-hand the benefits that personalised care can provide to the individual concerned, as well as their families. And we know that ensuring all of our client visits are one hour long as a minimum brings great comfort to our clients, and also gives peace of mind to their families.
We are very pleased that our unique brand of homecare was able to influence and inform this report, and we look forward to similar reports in the future that can only go on to inform excellent quality care for people living with dementia in the UK.