The award-winning Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, has appointed a dementia champion to lead treatments which focus on reducing medication.
The nine month project is being run in conjunction with the University of Worcester and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Staff member Liz Johnson will become a dementia ambassador to lead the Focused Intervention Training and Support (FITS) project at Birch Green, one of just 150 homes in the country to commit to the training.
Industry figures show that 90 per cent of dementia sufferers will experience symptoms that affect behaviour, causing aggression, agitation, delusions and hallucinations.
Recently, the Government announced it had committed to reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs which are often used to treat such symptoms. Last year, David Cameron revealed that the research budget into dementia would be doubled to £66million by 2015.
Under the FITS project, the intensive training programme will be followed up with regular supervision sessions as the good practice is rolled out to other staff members.
Catherine Shawarby, General Manager of Birch Green, said: “Dementia is a tragic condition which affects 800,000 across the UK.
Birch Green is constantly looking at the care it provides in order to ensure that it remains an industry leader, and this training will help us take our care a step further than many other homes.
What Liz learns and passes on to other carers will be tremendously beneficial to both staff and residents.”
The announcement follows the appointment of a nutrition advocate at Birch Green to focus on how good nutrition can play a key role in transforming dementia care.