1. Find out more about the content of care plans regarding personal care assistance with mouth and teeth care
2. Find out home care workers' views and experiences of supporting people living with dementia with mouth and teeth care
3. Explore the views and experiences of people living with dementia and carers, and social care practioners about home care support with mouth and teeth care
4. To consider the need for a resource for home care workers to assist them with mouth and teeth care in a co-production workshop.
How the project will be carried out
The study (SORTED) will utilise a prospective qualitative design, using semi structured interviews, by video-conferencing software or telephone, with a sample of local authority social workers/care workers, home care workers, carers and people living with dementia, identified in different parts of England, including London. An analysis of care plans will be undertaken. An end of study workshop will consider developing a resource for home care workers.
How patients and the public are involved in the study
The study team includes a patient and public involvement co-applicant (a family carer) who has assisted with the study rationale, study design and application. The study advisory group includes carers and dementia stakeholders such as local authorities and dementia researchers, and the research's progress will be discussed at the advisory group's regular meetings to inform emerging analysis and findings. There will be consultation with people living with dementia over the course of the study and they - with carers - will be involved in the workshop at the end of the study.
Potential benefits of the research
This study will provide important information about home care services for people living with dementia and their support and assistance with mouth and teeth care. It will provide new information about the content of care plans and the detail of personal care in local authority assessments. It will also ask carers and people living with dementia about the support they need and would accept from home care services in this part of personal care. The study will consider developing a resource for the home care sector from the findings.
The project was adopted in November 2021. It is funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research and will be completed by the end of 2022.