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People with dementia and their carers should be able to access general practice and receive the best quality care and support. Working with people with dementia and carers, as well as staff our practice we have developed the best possible care for those patients.
Why is general practice important for people with dementia?
General practice often acts as a gatekeeper for key aspects of care for people with dementia. For many it is the GP practice that opens the door to information, support and planning; GPs often provide the information and signposting needed to access support; and GPs hold responsibility for care plans and reviews for ongoing management.
There are 3 simple things all health practitioners can do to ensure that people with a dementia get the healthcare they need:
- Allow longer appointment times
- Communication with the individual (verbal and non-verbal)
- Listening to the knowledge of their families and carers and most important, equally valuing the life of a person with a dementia
For more information on help in the local area see: https://www.carechoices.co.uk/publication/hampshire-dementia-guide/
We as a practice are always looking for ways to improve and gain feedback from those that use our service if you have any suggestions, please contact The Cambridge Practice.