Dementia does not receive the recognition it needs in our society, but it is a condition that is diagnosed with an increasing frequency. In 2015, it was estimated that there were over 800,000 people in the United Kingdom living with a diagnosis of Dementia. The figure is set to rise and The Alzheimer’s Society have estimated that by 2025, one million people will have been diagnosed with the condition, and the projection is that the prevalence will further double to two million by 2051.
The Royal College of Chiropractor’s Council (RCC) has recognized the need to support patients with this diagnosis, and to make their experience in attending a chiropractic clinic a positive one. To this end, in 2017 the RCC developed a toolkit aimed at supporting chiropractors in providing appropriate care for patients diagnosed with dementia. Particular attention was focused on the environment in which patients are seen and assessed.
The toolkit places emphasis on ensuring that patients with dementia feel comfortable in their consulting environment. Dementia can be associated with cognitive impairment and confusion. Simple measures, such as having an easy to navigate reception area, manned by familiar staff can help to alleviate the potential stress of a clinic visit.
Here at the Back Room Chiropractic Clinic, we are working our way through the RCC toolkit to make our work environment as dementia friendly as possible. We strive to make the clinic environment accessible and welcoming. Please do not hesitate to inform us of any questions or comments that may help us help our clients.

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