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Finding Patience – The Later Years

Promoting person-centred dementia care in care homes

By 2051 over 2 million people in the UK will have dementia and almost a third will live in care homes. Person-centred care allows people to live well with dementia and is made possible by the health and care professionals who support them.

The Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia 2020 states that “while many hospitals and care homes offer excellent support, some are not doing enough to provide high quality, personalised care that helps individuals to live as fulfilling a life as possible.”

Developed with experts from across the system, Finding Patience – The Later Years is a film that explores what makes good person-centred dementia care in care homes. The film follows the experiences of Patience and her family as she moves to a care home. It explores the challenges faced by care home staff and demonstrates what good quality patient-centred care looks like. 

Finding Patience – The Later Years raises awareness of how dementia can affect people differently. It encourages health and care professionals to reflect on the care they provide and calls for the delivery of care to focus on the individual, not the disease. 

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality at Health Education England said:

“As the number of people in care homes with dementia increases, it’s important that health and care staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge to support individuals to live well with dementia.

“Dementia affects people in different ways and it’s only by taking the time to understand a person’s background – their preferences, needs and values – that health and care staff will be able to provide person-centred care. Finding Patience – The Later Years promotes and supports this approach.”

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