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Dementia Strategy

There are currently 750,000 people living with dementia in the UK and by 2025 this is expected to rise to over one million. A third of all dementia sufferers live in care homes and it is reported that     1 in 3 people who live in non-specialist homes have dementia or undiagnosed symptoms.

Dementia is an incurable condition caused by disease of the brain which over time seriously impairs a person’s ability to live independently.  Symptoms include severe memory loss, mood fluctuations and personality changes; which can present with serious confusion, agitation or aggression and physical changes including poor mobility, weight loss and sleep deprivation.

In 2009 the government set out a five year strategy “Living Well with Dementia” to improve awareness and provide better access to specialist services, for sufferers and their carers. 

At Monarch Healthcare we never discriminate against people with dementia, but we do recognise the unique care needs and offer specialist support for the person and their family at our dedicated communities.

Our Commitment

As part of Monarch Healthcare’s commitment to quality services we have created our own dementia strategy to deliver the national plan in the following key areas:

  1. Increasing awareness, acceptance and alleviating fear of the disease.
  2. Providing a full range of dementia services and working in partnership with key professionals to access public services.
  3. Obtaining early diagnosis and appropriate pharmacological and therapeutic treatments to enhance quality of life.
  4. Ensuring residents and their families are well informed, supported and included in all decisions made about the person’s care and their life at the home.
  5. Strengthening families through support groups, day care and respite provision within our homes
  6. Reducing the use of antipsychotic medication which can impact the longevity and quality of a person’s life.
  7. Ensuring meals and snacks are nutritious, flavoursome and presented to enable the person with dementia to maintain optimum health.
  8. Creating environments that are designed to engage people with dementia; ensuring people are safe, comfortable and have space for privacy or to mix with others as they choose.
  9. Supporting ‘Purposeful Days’; Enabling people to make choices and take risks within a safe environment; helping them to retain their independence for as long as possible.
  10. Recruiting high calibre staff with the required knowledge and skills to deliver our dementia strategy and continue developing these skills through continuous learning programmes.

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