Theresa McNally, creative practice manager at Vida Healthcare, discusses how dementia care can be innovated through the mental and physical health of residents and staff
The number of people living with dementia is set to double by 2050 to over 16.2 million people in Europe, and two million in the UK.1 This will lead to a significant increase in demands on our health and social care services. As the ageing population continues to grow, it has never been more important for dementia care to be prioritised.
People living with dementia generally need more support from care providers than those without. In addition to arranging what can often be complex healthcare, participating in medical decision making, and coordinating support services, care home operators must keep residents safe and address the behavioural and psychological symptoms experienced by over 80 per cent of those diagnosed with the disease
Care providers that offer innovative care solutions are better placed to support people living with dementia and their families, to monitor the effectiveness of different solutions on chronic conditions, and to generate further unique strategies for mitigating behavioural and psychosocial symptoms.
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