Karen’s column

Our recently published report, My life, my care home, is the result of 12 months of dedicated inspection work in 145 care homes for older people to look at the experiences of people living with dementia.

Although our report showed that improvements have been made in the quality of dementia care in Scotland, it also highlights that more needs to be done in this area.

It’s encouraging that we found that more than half of care homes were performing at a good or better level in terms of meeting people’s needs, rights and expectations.

However, there remain improvements to be made in ensuring that quality of life for people is not limited due to lack of expectations of what it means to be an older person living with dementia in a care home.

It is possible to live well with dementia, and care services play a crucial role in supporting people to do so. The evidence presented in our report shows examples of excellent care being experienced by people living with dementia, as well as areas for development and improvement.

For example, we found inconsistent and variable post-diagnostic support for people and their families, when someone in a care home is diagnosed with dementia. While we recognise that the number of people receiving a diagnosis at this point in their life may be relatively low, we expect people living in care homes to have the same access to diagnostic and support services as people living in the community.

There are a small number of care homes where the quality of care was not satisfactory, and the Care Inspectorate is working with these services to facilitate speedy improvement.

Karen Reid, Chief Executive