Recommendation ID

Specialist dementia support:- What is the most effective and cost effective way to support people with dementia living at home?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- Dementia is one of the most common conditions in older people using home care services. Home care workers are expected to respond to a wide range of needs, providing both general support (for example personal care) as well as specialist needs. Some home care is delivered by dementia-specific services but there is a lack of evidence about the effectiveness of this approach on outcomes compared with non-specialist home care services (which may instead employ specialist workers or train some workers to develop specialist skills, for example). Future research could involve comparative evaluation or case control studies to determine how to structure the delivery of support so that both a person's specialist dementia needs and general support requirements are accommodated in the most effective way.


Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Home care: delivering personal care and practical support to older people living in their own homes
Date issued
September 2015

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No