Dementia Friendly Mealtimes Newsletter (September 2016)
You spoke and we listened!
The DMAT has now been available publicly for 6 months. Last month we asked you about ‘Using The DMAT’ software. So what did we ask and what did you say? Have a quick read below before checking out this months newsletter….
Using The DMAT Survey Headline News:
- The DMAT free trial will be extended from 1 week to 4 weeks!
- It takes on average 10-20 minutes to use The DMAT to create a person-centered care plan to enhance mealtime abilities.
‘Using The DMAT’ Survey Responder Results:
60% have signed up for a free day trial of The DMAT.
Main reasons for not signing up for a free trail were ‘not being aware’ (40%) and ‘lack of time’ (25%).
70% reported 7 days was not long enough to test The DMAT.
100% felt that 4 weeks or more than 4 weeks would have been better to test The DMAT.
50% of those using The DMAT created a mealtime care plan.
The main reason for not creating a care plan was ‘lack of time’ (75%).
The majority (66%) of those who created a care plan reported it took on average 10-20 minutes to complete and 33% said it took less than 10 minutes.
We have now extended the free trail of The DMAT from 1 week to 4 weeks (100% of you wanted this) and will make sure all members of the Dementia Friendly Mealtimes Newsletter are aware of this so they can take advantage.
Time was a major factor in the decision to sign up for a free trial of The DMAT and a barrier in determining whether to create a care plan. Hopefully by extending the trial to 4 weeks this will allow people more flexibility and time to use The DMAT.
We will also highlight how quick users found creating an individualised mealtime care plan with the majority reporting between 10-20 minutes and no-one reporting it took longer than 20 minutes.
If everyone is aware it only takes 10-20 minutes to create a care plan then this may increase the amount of dementia friendly mealtime care plans produced helping to enhance eating abilities and preserve mealtime independence.
Finally a massive THANK YOU to everyone who replied to the survey, we really appreciate you taking the time.
*The DMAT is not a substitute for good clinical care*