Discuss the role of teamwork in improving the health and quality of life for people with dementia There are many health professionals who provide services that are available to individuals with dementia. Health care services include home care, day care and services provided by doctors and nurses. The services available and the way they are organised, vary from area to area. Health and social care professionals have a duty to work closely with each other and communicate with each other to provide the best support and care with those with dementia. General Practice (GP)
General Practitioner delivers primary care and is part of commissioning group. Which is having the responsibility to obtaining healthcare from secondary healthcare providers, such as hospital and community, mental health trusts and the independent and voluntary sector? The GP are the first to be contacted when an individual is feeling unwell. GP’s resolve on the suitable course of action, they have knowledge how and when to get involved through treatment, prevention, education and to promote the health of their patients and families. GPs possibly will run specialist clinics within the practice for patients with conditions such as dementia.
They progressively work as part of a team of healthcare professionals, including community health doctors, to deliberate care options for patients and their families and help patients to understand what condition they have been diagnosed with and also the GP are to take into an account of physical, emotional and social factors when diagnosing illness and recommending the required treatment. It’s very important that a person with dementia visits the GP from time to time for check-ups. A close friend or a family should support and attend these sessions with the individual. This would be when the benefit to the public or another person may outweigh the public interest and/or patient’s rights in keeping the information confidential. The GP may also need to share some information with relatives, friends or carers to determine what is in the person’s best interests.
Nurses (admiral nurse)
Admiral Nurses are mental health nurses specialising in dementia. Admiral Nurses work with family carers and people with dementia, in the community and other settings. Working collaboratively with other professionals, Admiral Nurses pursue to recover the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. They use many different interventions that support people live positive with the condition and develop skills to improve communication and maintain relationships. Admiral Nurses work within the NHS supporting people in the community. They also work in other care settings such as care homes and in the community supported by voluntary organisations. Admiral Nurses are accessible to support families throughout the dementia journey. They offer family carers with the tools and skills to best understand the condition, as well as emotional and psychological support through periods of transition. Some of the things Admiral do
• They focus on the needs of the family carer, including psychological support to help family carers understand and deal with their feelings. They also help families better understand dementia and use a range of interventions that help people live well with the condition and develop skills to improve communication and maintain relationships
• They are a helpful source of contact and support for families at particular points of difficulty in the dementia journey, including diagnosis, when the condition advances, or when tough decisions need to be made such as moving a loved one into residential care
• They provide advice on referrals to other appropriate services and link with other healthcare professionals on behalf of the family