The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have updated their guidance on the management and support of dementia. This is the first time the guideline has been updated in 10 years, and acts as a reference for best practice for all those working in the health and social care field, including GPs, and social workers.
A NICE spokesman said the key changes are the recommendations around training staff correctly and those to help carers to better support people living with dementia.
It also recommends providing people living with dementia with a single named health or social care professional who is responsible for coordinating their care.
The updated guidance also recommends that the initial assessment includes taking a history (including cognitive, behavioural and psychological symptoms, and the impact symptoms have on their daily life) from the person with suspected dementia, and if possible, from someone who knows the person well.