Dementia-friendly care homes
Suraba Mahendiran Assistant psychologist, Horizen Centre, Surrey
Karen Dodd Associate director specialist therapies – learning disabilities, consultant clinical psychologist, Learning Disabilities Team, Surrey and Borders NHS Partnership Trust
Suraba Mahendiran and Karen Dodd describe an audit undertaken to establish whether care homes were suitably adapted for people with learning disabilities who develop dementia
Dementia is an issue of growing importance in services for people with learning disabilities as a result of the UK’s ageing population. The literature on dementia and people with learning disabilities focuses mainly on assessment and diagnosis, and there is a paucity of research into issues affecting care. This article presents the results of a county-wide audit into the suitability of the physical environment of care homes for people with learning disabilities who later develop dementia.
Learning Disability Practice. 12, 2,14-17. doi: 10.7748/ldp2009.03.12.2.14.c8198