Alzheimer’s Society | July 2018 | Ten minutes of social interaction improves wellbeing in dementia care
Spending ten minutes interacting with people with dementia in care homes can benefit their wellbeing. The Wellbeing and Health for people with Dementia (WHELD) programme trained care home staff to increase social interaction from two minutes a day to ten, combined with a programme of personalised care. Carers were encouraged to discuss the patient’s interests and involve them in decisions about their care. The Improving Staff Attitudes and Care for People with Dementia e-Learning (tEACH) study, conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School and King’s College London in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), was presented at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2018. The study involved 280 residents and care staff in 24 care homes over a nine- month period.
Carers participated in an e-learning programme, carers who participated via Skype continued to deliver improved resident wellbeing four months after the trial was completed. Although boh treatment arms improving resident wellbeing and staff attitudes to person-centred care.
Dr Doug Brown, Chief Policy and Research Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, said:
‘It’s unacceptable that people in care homes only get ten minutes of social interaction each day. What we need is a person-centred approach to care, that takes into account each individual’s unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs.
‘This study supports what we know from our own research – training is crucial in order to provide this type of individualised care, activities and social interactions, which can have a significant impact of the well-being of people living with dementia in care homes (Source: The Alzheimer’s Society).
University of Exeter Just ten minutes of social interaction a day improves wellbeing in dementia care
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