This quality standard covers interventions to maintain and improve the mental wellbeing and independence of people aged 65 or older, and how to identify those at risk of a decline. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover the mental wellbeing and independence of people who live in a care home or attend one on a day-only basis.
London Clinical Networks. Published online: 10 May 2106
Guidance for commissioners and providers to meet the NICE Quality Standard on Dementia (QS1), which states that people with dementia should have an assessment and an ongoing personalised care plan, agreed across health and social care.
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Service providers, including health, social care, voluntary and charitable organisations
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People living with dementia
Their families and friends
Practitioners in dementia care
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Describe the key elements of person-centred support planning
Describe how to write a new support plan
A support plan should capture what is important to the person living with dementia.
Once a support plan is put in place it needs to be reviewed regularly, to reflect changes in needs, wishes and circumstances.
The professional who helps putting the support plan together should assume the person with dementia has capacity and use clinical judgement, using the Mental Capacity Act when needed.
Latest guidance from NICE recommends people should be encouraged to stop smoking, be more physically active, reduce their alcohol consumption, and adopt a healthy diet to help lower the risk of developing dementia, disability and frailty in later life.
Dementia, disability and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to delay or prevent onset
This guideline covers mid-life approaches to delay or prevent the onset of dementia, disability and frailty in later life. The guideline aims to increase the amount of time that people can be independent, healthy and active in later life.
Who is it for?
Commissioners, managers and practitioners with public health as part of their remit, working in the public, private and third sector
The guideline includes recommendations on promoting a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of or delay the onset of disability, dementia and frailty by helping people to:
be more active
reduce their alcohol consumption
improve their diet and,
lose weight and maintain a healthy weight if necessary.