Coordinated community intervention reduces care home need

Research shows that a co-ordinated, multidisciplinary approach to care in the home can improve quality of life and greatly reduce the need for people with dementia to leave their homes.

The research was presented at Alzheimer's Association's International Conference 2012.

Over the course of 18 months, a team of allied health professionals specifically trained in dementia care conducted a controlled trial involving 303 people with cognitive disorders. Through the use of interventions such as multidimensional needs assessments, memory disorder education and counselling, the team saw a significant drop in the need for participants to be transferred to a care home. Participants also reported improvements in quality of life.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'Most people with dementia want to live independently for as long as possible. This study shows this is entirely possible when trained staff work together in partnership to support people in the community.

'The kind of joined up care demonstrated in this study is sadly all too rare. Dementia care shouldn't just be about carers or clinicians working in silos. We need to see more dementia specific training for professionals and joined up working in order to improve care quality and ultimately improve the quality of life of people with dementia.'

Sourced from the Alzheimer's Society, 18th July 2012.