We are on a mission to support your loved ones in our local community. We want to help them age well and remain connected to what matters most to them. We aim to achieve this by sharing information to enable you and us to Be There for your loved ones as they age.
A British Medical Journal study cited by The Independent has shown that a GP’s continuity of care is critical for people living with Dementia.
We have seen first-hand the positive impact that seeing the same GP can have on our clients and the wider family. By visiting the same person and developing a relationship, any changes in the client’s condition can be identified and acted upon quickly, resulting in fewer hospital admissions. The positive relationship between the GP and the client’s family also gave them invaluable advice and support.
Professor Martin Marshall from the Royal College of GPs states:
“Knowing and being known by your GP is good for your health”.
Further stating that if relationships were a drug, then they would be mandated for clinical use.
Significantly, people who are at the end of their lives living with Dementia are 34% less likely to be admitted to the hospital. A blessing for clients and families at what is already an extremely challenging and distressing time. For GPs that provide this continuity of care, it must be a source of great pride to know their positive impact on their clients living with Dementia.
We understand that sometimes getting your loved one to visit a GP can be difficult. This difficulty is often exacerbated if they’re living with dementia. Everyone experiences dementia differently, however if they’re having difficulty communicating, you could try some of these handy tips from Relish:
Be There Action: If you or a loved one is living with Dementia, then contact your GP to discuss the continuity of care they can provide. Try to ensure that your loved one has a named GP and that they see this Doctor at each visit.
Get in touch with your local Radfield Home Care office today and find out more about the support we offer and the difference we can make.