Nice updates guidance on dementia care

Activities such as exercise, aromatherapy, art, gardening, baking, reminiscence therapy, music therapy, mindfulness and animal-assisted therapy have been recommended in updated quality standards covering the prevention of dementia, and assessment, management and care support for people diagnosed with the condition.

An updated National Institute of Care and health Excellence (Nice) quality standard for dementia [QS184] recommends that people with dementia are supported to choose from a range of activities to promote wellbeing that are tailored to their preferences.

To comply with the standard, providers should be aware of the activities to promote wellbeing that are available locally. Based on input of family, they should understand the activities that a person prefers, and thinks are suitable and helpful – depending on the individual’s strengths and needs.   

Other updates to the Nice dementia standard include that people accessing behaviour change interventions and programmes in mid-life are advised to reduce the risk of developing dementia through lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking, exercise, healthy diet, reduced alcohol consumption, losing weight and reducing loneliness.

Other updated standards cover:

  • referral to a specialist dementia diagnostic service
  • advance care planning
  • coordinated care
  • structured assessment before starting non-pharmacological or pharmacological treatment for distress
  • education and skills training for informal carers.

    Care homes from across the UK are being invited to take part in the #GladtoCare competition designed to capture residents’ favourite memories. Run by care tech firms Person Centred Software with support from InteractiveMe and activity company Sporting Memories, the competition will award prizes including a tablet, InteractiveMe profiles and a Sporting Memories care settings package. The competition closes on Thursday 31 October.

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