Woolton Dental Practice
We are a dental practice offering NHS and private dental treatments. I feel the practice, staff and patients will benefit from a better understanding of the dementia and treating dementia patients, dealing with their family members or carers, also gaining consent.
- 16 February 2018
- North West
- Care, Health
- Local Alliances:
- Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
We want to be able to offer our patients treatments and support in an environment that they are familiar with and with clinicians that they used to seeing on a regular basis. We want to ensure that throughout the progession of their condition they are still able to access dental care ensuring that issues are not arising, such as gum conditions, decay etc as it is quite often happens that the health of the mouth is neglected by the patient or carers or it is difficult to maintain a healthy mouth.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
I feel the staff at the practice require a better understanding of dementia and the difficulties that dementia patients go through in day to day tasks. We need training in dealing with situations and carers also ensuring that consent is gained appropriately.
Contact other practices, agencies to see best ways to get started and put a plan into place for our training requirements.
Ensuring that the environment that the patients come into is inclusive of their needs.
Training on consent and the problems that will arise from the patient having dementia
All staff to be trained in Dementia Awareness, dealing with Dementia patients and their relatives or carers.