There has been a great deal of interest in the development of a Dementia Quality Mark (DQM) to assure the quality of care being provided to people living with dementia. The DQM aims to reassure people choosing a service that the care being given meets the needs of people with dementia. For example, a DQM would be particularly helpful for families wanting to select a care home. The DCM also sets standards, which those providing services can aspire to.
Across the country a number of providers, councils and private companies have been developing various types of quality assurance “marks”. In the South West we have adopted a collaborative approach to develop a single standard. This would be both an efficient approach and reduce duplication across local authorities.