NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has updated its quality standard on dementia and have advised that those living with the syndrome should be given access to a wide range of activities including aromatherapy, art, gardening and baking.
Naturally, dementia patients will find it harder to engage in social activity. NICE has recommended to GPs and other health and social care professionals to have discussions with dementia patients and their families about their personal life experiences, what they prefer to do and their current circumstance to understand which activities will benefit them.
NICE quality standards are based from their guidance which makes recommendations in which describes the high-quality care in priority areas that need to improve. Deputy Chief Executive of NICE and director of health and social care Professor Gillian Leng comments:
“People with dementia can find it harder to take part in activities, to engage socially, to maintain their independence, to communicate effectively, to feel in control and to care for themselves.”
She further explains that providing enjoyable and health-enhancing activities such as music or reminiscence therapy can help with this. It can often be assumed that people in the later stages of dementia are not able to engage in activities, but this simply isn’t true. Although it may be more challenging, activities will often need to be simplified but primarily focus on the 5 main senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.
Originally written by Anviksha Patel on Pulse Today