BSI: Guidance is Key to Improve Dementia Care

By Bsi Group, PRNE
Sunday, December 19, 2010

LONDON, December 20, 2010 - Dementia is a critical health concern, but are the current care services
able to offer appropriate support? Only a few days ago, the review by the
Royal College of Psychiatrists found many dementia patients were not getting
the support on nutrition and mental health that they should. The need for
improved care is higher than ever.

BSI has developed a Publicly Available Specification (PAS), which
provides comprehensive guidance for care providers on the Dementia Care
Mapping (DCM) process - a key resource designed to improve the quality of
care provided for people living with dementia.

The number of people living with dementia is expected to rise
dramatically in the next twenty years, thus making it essential that proper
care is offered by healthcare providers, including care homes, hospitals and
support facilities. BSI's PAS 800 - Use of Dementia Care Mapping for improved
person-centred care in a care provider organization Guide
( answers
the practical questions regarding the application of a person-centred care
process. One of the greatest challenges dementia presents is that often
people living with Alzheimer's and other similar diseases can have great
difficulty communicating with their care providers. As the disease
progresses, speaking, writing and reading skills are increasingly affected.
As it becomes more difficult for the person to make their needs known, it is
important that care providers are able to utilize a professionally recognised
resource to understand how the quality of care contributes to the relative
well and ill-being of the person.

In response to the need to improve the quality of care received by people
with dementia, BSI worked with the University of Bradford and a panel of
healthcare experts to develop these guidelines aimed to enhance the lives of
people with dementia. One of the good practices advocated in PAS 800 is the
imperative need for care providers to be trained and available to meet this
growing need for person-centred care.

The rise of dementia as a health concern is a global consideration, as
people live longer and require increasingly specialised attention. In order
to face this challenge, it is recommended that national governments declare
dementia a health priority and develop national strategies to provide
services supported by evidence-based, good practice standards.

PAS 800 advocates the use of the DCM observational tools and evaluation
process to assess the quality of care provided from the viewpoint of a person
with dementia and identify opportunities to improve current standards of
care. "With PAS 800, BSI wants to offer care providers clear guidance to the
principles of DCM, and detailed recommendations for the implementation of it
to make sure that people with dementia receive the highest standard of care,"
says BSI Standards' Head of Market Development for Healthcare Breda Corish.

Professor Murna Downs, Head of Bradford Dementia Group, Bradford
University, that led the development of this standard, adds: "There has never
been a better climate for transforming the quality of care for people with
dementia. There is a significant coalition of forces calling for such a
transformation including the All Party Parliamentary Party on Dementia, the
Department of Health, the National Audit Office and the Dementia Action
Alliance. The BSI PAS on dementia provides the field with a methodology not
only to achieve improved quality of care, but as importantly, to embed
sustainable person-centred care in practice".

For further information on the BSI guide to the DCM process, PAS 800
(, and related opportunities, please contact
Chiara Carella, PR Manager, BSI Group, at

About BSI Group

BSI Group is a global independent business services organization that
develops standards-based solutions to improve management practices and
promote innovation. BSI can help businesses, governments and other
organizations around the world to raise quality and performance in a
sustainable and socially responsible way. From its origins as the world's
first National Standards Body, BSI Group draws upon over 100 years'
experience to work with 66,000 organizations in 147 countries from its 50
offices. To learn more, please visit

Chiara Carella, PR Manager, BSI Group, +44-(0)20-8996-7248, Mobile, +44-(0)77-6835-8730, chiara.carella at

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