A new guide being launched in Parliament outlines how to improve the care for dementia sufferers.TheÂ Triangle of CareÂ promotes the inclusion of carers – those said to know the patient the best – to better tailorÂ treatmentsÂ for those with dementia.
The Carers Trust and Royal College of Nursing, which worked together to outline the standards, said the guide has the potential transform carerâ€™ lives if it is implemented across the board.
The six-point model was put together with theÂ helpÂ of carers, people with dementia and practitioners, with the aim to bring together the views of the patient, the carer andÂ doctors.
The six key standards to help achieve a â€œtriangle of careâ€ between the person with dementia, their carer andÂ healthcareÂ staff are:
The move comes after studies found dementia carers face a lack of support. It was further highlighted that patients with dementia benefit when their carer has adequate support and is involved in the decisions made byÂ healthcare professionals.
At at event yesterday to launch the Triangle of Care, Labour MP Hazel Blears, vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, will outline how the guide aims to offer more support to carers within aÂ hospitalÂ environment.
Thea Stein, chief executive of Carers Trust, said: â€œBy involving carers, patients and professionals in the event we hope to demonstrate the benefits of the Triangle of Care model to people with dementia and the professionals caring for them.
Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, added: â€œWe are very pleased to see this excellent piece of work officially launched in Parliament.
â€œWhen people with dementia go into hospital, it is essential that their carers not only feel included and involved in their care, but play an integral role in it.
â€œCarers often have their own needs and should be offered information and support. They also have a lot toÂ offer healthÂ careÂ staff, as they are often the ones who know the person best. No one is better placed to advise on a personâ€™s needs and how their dementia affects them than a carer who has known them for years.â€
The practices are being adopted by Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester West MentalÂ HealthFoundation Trust.
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