NEWS: Rights of people with dementia at heart of new funding

25 October 2018

A new funding award of £135,000 has been announced by the Life Changes Trust to ensure that the rights of people living with dementia in care homes are recognised and respected. 

Care homes across Scotland will benefit from the funding, and will use it to demonstrate how they support the inclusion and participation of residents with dementia in a meaningful way, so that residents have a genuine say in their own day to day lives. Sometimes the human rights of residents living in care homes can be forgotten or ignored, especially if they have a cognitive impairment like dementia. 

Last year, the Scottish Government published Scotland’s new Health and Social Care Standards.  These Standards state that everyone in Scotland deserves to receive the care and support that is right for them, focussing on people rather than just ticking boxes. They aim to encourage health and social care providers to think about what really matters to people who receive services, and their experience of the care they receive.

Each of the funded projects is designed to show how these Standards will work in practice, demonstrating how to treat residents with real respect and dignity.

Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO, Scottish Care said, “While there are undoubted challenges of resourcing the sector and recruiting workers this is also a time when the human rights of residents, workers and families are increasingly being recognised as lying at the heart of all care. Dementia can be a frightening condition, with loss at its heart - loss of identity, loss of confidence, loss of relationships - and it can be all too easy for an individual to lose their sense of being in control, of being able to make choices, of exercising their own human rights. The Making Rights Real project is about turning that on its head. It’s about helping staff in care homes, families and individuals, recognise the role that upholding and advancing human rights can play in supporting and caring for people at very vulnerable points in their lives.

“The Life Changes Trust grant scheme is a remarkable contribution to making Scotland a place where everyone, regardless of place, condition, background or behaviour, has their rights respected and supported. It will help to make human rights ever more real across Scotland.”  

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