The challenging lives of those living with dementia and their carers could be transformed if a guide being launched today was implemented, says Carers Trust Scotland and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland.

The Triangle of Care, Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice for Dementia Care in Scotland, was co-designed with carers, people with dementia and practitioners. It sets out six key standards to improve the care of people living with dementia by achieving better collaboration between them, the carer and the health professional.

It builds on a model developed by Carers Trust, working in partnership with the RCN and funded through the RCN Foundation Grants Programme.

The guide has already been launched in England, resulting in a lot of interest from hospitals.

Research by Carers Trust has found that carers of people with dementia are not being adequately supported at critical points in their caring role, which has resulted in a negative impact on the people they are caring for. While the evidence has also shown that involving them in their support can make a real difference to the person being cared for.

Florence Burke, Director of Carers Trust Scotland said:

“Since Carers Trust created the Triangle of Care, we have seen how it can make a significant difference to carers and the quality of care provided to the person they care for.

“Building on this progress, the partnership between Carers Trust and the Royal College of Nursing has been incredibly positive and we hope that this can be replicated across health services with professionals and carers working as partners”.

Theresa Fyffe, Director of RCN Scotland, said:

“Not only is it in the best interests of someone with dementia to ensure their carer is fully involved in decisions about that person’s care, it’s important for the carer to be fully supported as well. I’m delighted this guidance is now available for everyone involved in the care of people with dementia as I think it is a valuable tool in providing good quality person-centred care.”