Report Says Dementia Care is Dehumanizing

by Rajashri on  June 18, 2009 at 7:18 PM Senior Health News   - G J E 4
 Report Says Dementia Care is Dehumanizing
A report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia has lamented the quality of care being received by patients saying it was "dehumanizing." It has emerged that staff in care homes who do not want to take seniors to lavatories have asked them to use incontinent pads instead.

Social care staff does not have basic training and understanding of the condition, the report added. "It appears that low levels of knowledge of good dementia care are far too common. There are examples of a basic failure to treat the person with dementia as a fellow individual, with a need for social interaction, respect and warmth," it pointed out.

Jeremy Wright MP, Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia expressed his disappointment with the quality of care on offer. "We must improve training and support across the UK and give staff recognition for the difficult and important role they undertake," he added.

Neil Hunt, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Society said that social care staff must given the right support and training, "Since the 1950s improvements in cancer care have given millions of people a better quality of life. The same must now be done for people with dementia," he added.

Source: Medindia

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