Alzheimer's Society - Home from Home: A Report Highlighting Opportunities for Improving Standards of Dementia Care in Care Homes

01/06/2008

The Alzheimer's Society's Home From Home report calls for care homes to begin operating as specialist dementia care providers. Research shows a typical person with dementia in a care home spends just two minutes in every six hours socially interacting with other people - most of these residents are in the advanced stages of dementia and rely on the support of trained staff.

The Home From Home report features a survey of more than 3,500 people, including relatives of people with dementia, care home staff and managers. The survey shows;

  • More than half of people with a relative in residential care say there is not enough for the person with dementia to do each day
  • Over one in four family carers feel they do not receive enough information about the care and treatment of the person they care for
  • Care home staff say providing care that improves the quality of life of residents with dementia is the top factor in job satisfaction