FSHC research to focus on dementia care

Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC) will help lead a year-long project that will focus on the rights of people with dementia, documenting best practice for other care homes to follow throughout the UK.

Robert Gordon University and Laurels Lodge Care Home, both in Aberdeen, will join forces examining relationship-centred care for people living with dementia, as part of a Life Changes Trust funding award.

The project will run from this month to October 2019 and aims to inform best practice not only in Scotland’s North East, but across the UK.

Laurels Lodge is run by FSHC and the study will draw on the organisation’s experience as a leading contributor to advances in best practice in dementia care.

The project will focus on what works well as part of Four Seasons’ dementia care approach and identify strategies on how to capture, understand and translate strengths to benefit residents.

Its dementia care framework uses purpose-designed technology to support staff to audit each resident’s physical, psychological and emotional condition so that care can be adjusted to their changing needs.

Dr Claire Royston, FSHC group medical director, said: ‘Our dementia care begins by working with the resident and their family, and health and social care professionals as appropriate, to gain an understanding of their care needs, their life story, their interests, likes and dislikes, preferences and how they would like to be supported while in the home. This understanding helps the care team to provide care that is personalised.’

The project is part of a Life Changes Trust award of £135,000, which has been awarded to care homes across Scotland.