Many care homes do well but press not interested
I WATCHED with interest the BBC news regarding an Alzheimer's Society report on dementia care in care homes – which found 80% now suffer from dementia.
My own care home group specialises in dementia care and I agree with this.
The report highlights survey results indicating 42% of the families of dementia residents were not satisfied with the care provided and 70% of people are scared of being admitted into a care home themselves.
This is hardly surprising news, considering it is only poor-quality, failing homes on TV or in the press.
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The media need sensational stories but the vast majority of care homes providing good care have nothing sensational to interest them.
The problem for many care home providers is the lack of proper local authority funding. We did a study of dementia care costs within our group and providing a good care service costs £66 per week more than for a non-dementia resident.
There are many areas of extra cost but the main one is the additional staff requirement. Having a larger team to support one-to-one reminiscence and other activities is the essential element of dementia care.
Here, I would like thank Derby City Council for now providing £30 extra for dementia residents. Because of this, we have been able to provide extra staff and training – but we need the extra to improve further.
There are many homes doing great things but perceptions will not change as long as the media continues to cover few positive stories – and there are plenty.
(MD, Adept Care Group)
Douglas Court Care Home