CQC says people with dementia are at risk of poor care in hospitals and care homes
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A major review of dementia care by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it is likely that someone with dementia will experience poor care as they move between care homes and hospitals.
When inspecting 129 care homes and 20 hospitals across England, CQC says it found that in about 29% of care homes and 56% of hospitals, assessments were not comprehensive in identifying all of a person’s care needs. In about 34% of care homes and 42% of hospitals, the were aspects of variable or poor care regarding how the care met people’s mental health, emotional and social needs.
The report says the variation in how care is assessed, planned, delivered and monitored by hospitals and care homes puts people living with dementia at risk of experiencing poor care. CQC chief inspector of adult social care Andrea Sutcliffe said the review found some great care, delivered by committed, skilled and dedicated staff, but this was not the case everywhere.
“This has got to change,” said Ms Sutcliffe.
“A wealth of guidance exists to drive the delivery of excellent care for people living with dementia. We need to make sure that every care home and hospital achieves the high standard of care we see in the best services.
“Our new approach to the regulation and inspection of health and social care means that we can celebrate good care, identify where improvements are needed and take action where necessary so that people living with dementia, their families and carers can always be confident about the care they receive.” Following the report, CQC says it is committed to appointing a new national specialist adviser for dementia care, training inspectors across all inspecting teams to understand what good dementia care looks like so that their judgements of the performance of providers are consistent and robust and including a separate section in hospital inspection reports that shows how well the hospital cares for people living with dementia. – The findings of the themed dementia review are available http://www.cqc.org.uk/cracksinthepathway