There is a national drive to improve the proportion of people who have a confirmed diagnosis of dementia. The prevalence of dementia in care homes is poorly documented, and it is unclear whether there is a disproportionately low diagnosis rate.
Who should diagnose dementia in this group, and how best to do it remains uncertain. There is little data on what constitutes good post-diagnostic support in this setting.
We have developed a toolkit for dementia diagnosis in a care-home setting. This is being implemented in care homes in Wessex. We are also surveying care home managers and using available data sources to identify the scale of the dementia diagnosis gap in care homes.
The Dementia Diagnosis Toolkit was trialled with 54 care home residents referred for memory assessment . Similar numbers of referrals were received from care homes and residential homes.
The toolkit has met its objectives which included: