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  • Much DCM to improve care is wasted, research finds

    Much DCM to improve care is wasted, research finds

    15.11.18 Results from Dementia Care Mapping (DCM), an observation tool designed to improve the quality of care, were discussed in several UKDC presentations but how useful is DCM? Findings from the EPIC randomised controlled trial on the use of DCM in care homes suggest that the answer may be “not very”. In her talk, Professor Claire Surr from Leeds Beckett University said that the trial had worked with 50 care homes. But DCM was found to have no significant impact on the quality of care: it did not reduce levels of agitation, improve staff interactions or achieve reductions in antipsychotic drug use. “In the real world, if you give DCM to your average care home, they can’t implement it,” Surr said. “It might work in a few care homes, but in the average home they are struggling with the cultural context to actually do DCM.” She said that the future may lie in researcher-led DCM, which had been shown to be more successful.

  • Keith Oliver on rights

    Keith Oliver on rights

    14.11.18 Among the most vocal contributors to the UKDC debate were people living with dementia, not least Keith Oliver, who described his visit to the United Nations in Geneva where he gave evidence on the rights of people with dementia. “I got the sense that we were on the first base of a steep and high ladder – the government had got legislation in place but simply weren’t using it,” he said. “The UN weren’t impressed by what the government was doing. Some action is taking place, but nowhere near enough.” In a separate session at UKDC, members of DEEP (pictured) who have dementia, spoke powerfully of being part of a social movement. “DEEP is empowering us as a network to make our voice heard locally and nationally.” DEEP member Dory paid tribute to dementia activist Trevor Jarvis, who died recently. “My mantra is that we’re all unique and beautiful but together we’re a masterpiece,” she said. “Thank you Trevor and rest peacefully.”

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