Posted on May 09, 2012

Dementia care worker allows patient to suffer

Dementia care is a hot topic right now with the new project launched by the UK government. The project is offering funds and motivation to ensure that the right dementia care is given to patients. The project began prior to a recent court case wherein a care home worker was accused of abusing a patient. Regulators looked into the case in 2011 when a case of abuse was reported to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in London. An 80-year-old woman with dementia was harmed by her care worker, who is being sentenced for the abuse. The CQC stated that the sentencing and case would hopefully deter others from conducting such abuse. There were two inspections of the care home recorded and it was found no other abuse existed, meaning that it was only one worker at the home abusing a specific patient. Abuse of any patient is appalling. Abuse can be hard to detect, according to the CQC and the council investigators, but it is definitely something that must be stopped. The new project about dementia awareness and how to work with patients suffering from dementia will hopefully provide a better level of care. Dementia patients can suffer from mood swings, issues with clarity, and have childlike behaviour depending on the individual. It can be tough to work with dementia patients and to care for them; however, nurses hired should be screened and be trained for such work to help bring about a high level of care.
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