This quality standard covers supporting people with dementia to live well and maintain their independence. It is for all social care settings and services working with and caring for people with dementia or suspected dementia. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover care provided by health and social care staff in direct contact with people with dementia, which is covered in NICE’s quality standard for dementia: support in health and social care.

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How we develop NICE quality standards