Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) holds open meeting looking at dementia and care homes
24 May 2013
Issues around care homes and dementia were explored at an open meeting held by the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI).
BUDI aims to support those providing care, through research, service evaluation and education, and the meeting was attended by key stakeholders from across the area - including health professionals and care home providers.
Titled Care Homes: Raising the Standards, the meeting discussed the difficulties faced by many care homes, and considered ways to improve care practices and the quality of life for people with dementia.
Around 70 per cent of those living in care homes will have dementia, and around one third of people with dementia will need to live in a care home at some point.
Professor Anthea Innes, Director of BUDI, said that the idea for the topic came from requests following the Institute's launch event last year.
She said: "Dementia causes some distinct challenges to care home providers because of the complexity of the care needs, so the idea is to bring people together who are interested in improving their care provision.
"It's really encouraging to see people wanting to improve the services that they offer to people with dementia."
She added: "We've got a long way to go - there's lots of training and development work that needs to be done and general awareness-raising about good dementia care, but hopefully we've kick-started a discussion."
Speakers at the meeting included Associate Director of BUDI Michelle Board, who talked about the importance of staff development in care homes, and Dr Jane Murphy, Framework Leader for Health Sciences at BU, who discussed the nutritional needs of dementia patients.
She said: "Food is a very powerful way of understanding that person and using that to provide the best quality of care and ensure that their nutritional needs are met.
"It has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia."
Janet Pitt, a compliance inspector from the Care Quality Commission spoke about standards and the inspection of care homes, before a panel discussion which featured representatives from care homes and dementia charities.
Professor Gail Thomas, Dean of the School of Health and Social Care, opened the meeting.
She said: "In the School of Health and Social Care, our mission is to make people's lives better and the work of BUDI is instrumental in helping us to achieve that."
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