Delivering NHS and Social Care Mental Health Integration in Practice

Examples of Practice

Anticipated increase in demand related to predicted rise in dementia for people aged over 75.  The CHCP already had well-established services for adults with dementia across health, social care, independent and third sectors.  However within the framework of local and national demands, we needed to explore more dynamic models of delivery.  Partners agreed that there was a need to increase access to the full range of services in a planned and consistent way.

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Falkirk – Community Connections

Examples of Practice

As identified in the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland (2011), early intervention is recognised as important in helping the person with dementia and their carer come to terms with the illness and gain information and advice which will assist maintaining independence for as long as possible. These standards also assert that ‘People with dementia and their carers have the right to live as independently as possible with access to recreational, leisure and cultural life in their community have the right to help to attain and maintain maximum independence, physical, mental, social and vocational ability, and full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life.’

Bill and Margaret

Dementia causes a sense of isolation and ‘detachedness’ which can be distressing and frightening. Finding ways to stimulate interests which can be shared with others, increases the feeling of involvement, gives opportunities for positive interaction and general helps the person with dementia feel more safe and secure.

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Dementia Specific Carer Support

Examples of Practice

To meet the support needs of carers throughout the changing stages of the dementia condition by providing more intensive ongoing support on a longer term basis.

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A Survey of Sleep Quality in People with Dementia and Their Relatives

Examples of Practice

The project was aiming to find out information about the sleep quality of patients with dementia and their carers.  There was interest in this area because previous research has found that sleep disturbances in this group have been linked to poorer physical health outcomes; carer physical and emotional role limitations; mental health health-related quality of life. Sleep disturbance associated with caring for someone with dementia has also been reported to be a major reason for institutionalisation.

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