Improving dementia care in care homes

This project aims to support CCGs in the South West to develop and use agreed service specifications, contracts and guidance for standards of care to improve the quality of life for people with dementia living in care homes.

This project includes:

  • With ADASS and CCGs, convene sub regional task and finish groups to address commissioning specifications, standards of care, quality and safety
  • With CCGs, review specifications and contracts for in-reach services
  • With Area Teams, review primary care contracts for medical services, care homes
  • Provision of guidance on the management of BPSD, in particular alternative strategies to prescribing anti-psychotics
  • Strategies to promote safer prescribing and reliable monitoring/review of anti-psychotics
  • End of Life care quality in dementia including decision making and documentation
  • Strategies to reduce emergency acute hospital admissions
  • Promoting compassionate caring in leaders