For many of us, one of the greatest fears of growing old is losing control over our lives and choices; from simple decisions such as what we want to wear each day or have for dinner, to life-changing decisions over how we wish to be cared for. The issue of choice becomes even more prominent if you are living with a condition such as dementia, where your ability to clearly share your views may be impeded.
NICE, the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence, recently released guidelines on the choices of people living with dementia and how their opinion should be taken into account when deciding how they should be cared for. The guidelines list how people living with dementia should be helped to share their views on how they should be cared for and should be provided with opportunities to plan in advance for if their condition worsens.
The new guidelines, updated for the first time in 10 years, highlight the need to properly train staff and says that Care Workers should be helped to improve support for people living with dementia.
One of Avant’s core values is that our care is personalised and built around the needs of the customer, not a one-size-fits-all service. Incorporating the wishes of the customer and their loved ones, we provide a professional dementia care service which provides fully-trained dementia Care Workers for each of our customers. Under the new guidelines, care providers should provide additional face-to-face training and mentoring to staff who deliver care and support to people living with dementia, which is something Avant already does.
Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive at NICE, said: “Dementia is a highly complex and challenging condition. It can present differently from person to person, having a huge impact on the patient, their family and their carers.
“The recommendations focus on person-centred support, placing a particular emphasis on involving people with dementia in every decision about the care they receive.
“The guideline also discusses the various forms of dementia, how it may affect individuals in different ways and how support will therefore be adapted for each person.”
There are currently over 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, a number which is expected to double in the next 30 years. Ensuring the utmost level of respect and dignity for the wishes of the customer is extremely important to each of us at Avant.
To find out about Avant’s dementia care services in Hounslow, Hillingdon, Ealing & Worcester, please call us on 0203 805 0610.