Agnes Houston, a former nurse who has been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia, is set to use her experience to help improve the quality of care for people with dementia by joining the Care Commission’s Involving People Group.
Live Care News, news source to the UK’s Independent Health Sector, explained that Agnes will join the group, which meets around four times a year to influence the scrutiny of care services and to give opinions and advice on other policies and procedures.
The online site reported that the initiative follows a joint report – Remember, I’m Still Me – by the Care Commission and the Mental Welfare Commission published in May, which highlighted a range of concerns, most notably the excessive use of drugs used to control behaviour and the lack of regular medication reviews.
Agnes told Live Care news: “Since being diagnosed with dementia I have started writing a memory book, which is basically a journal detailing my life history. I am also compiling a picture book with photographs to illustrate my life through the ages. “
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