Creating positive experiences for people living with dementia in care homes
Evidence & Practice    

Creating positive experiences for people living with dementia in care homes

Margaret Callaghan Project manager, Thistle Healthcare, East Kilbride, Scotland
Louise Ritchie Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland

The global incidence of dementia is set to increase. It is estimated that two thirds of people with dementia live in care homes. To ensure good care experiences for these people, it is essential that the factors which create positive care home environments are understood.

This article presents findings from a literature review of factors influencing care home experiences for people with dementia. The main findings were that organisational culture and workforce development are important factors in creating positive care home experiences for people with dementia.

Although the evidence is limited, a person-centred approach based on research evidence is essential if the workforce is to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to provide positive experiences of care for residents with dementia.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2017.e871

Correspondence

Project.manager@thistlehealthcare.co.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 15 September 2016

Accepted: 03 January 2017

Published online: 17 January 2017