Care homes need to improve dementia care17th March 2009
A report has said that UK care homes must concentrate on improving how they care for people with dementia.
Health and social care analysts Laing and Buisson discovered that training was "fragmented and ad-hoc" and one third of care home failed to employ staff with special training.
The analysts surveyed 6,000 UK care homes and said only slightly over half (57%) of people with dementia were looked after in an environment "dedicated" to caring for the disease.
The proportion of patients increased to two thirds when all patients who eventually suffered from the condition in care was factored in.
By 2051 the number of people in the UK with dementia is estimated to increase to 1.7 million.
There are currently around 248,000 people with dementia in care homes in the UK.
The government has said it intends to make care services better, according to its dementia strategy which was released in 2008.
Laing and Buisson's report said care homes had begun work to improve services but there were "serious gaps in provision" remaining.
Martin Green, chief executive of English Community Care Association, put forward the view that NHS and social care managers were holding funding back from dementia care.
"Providers suffer from a lack of vision and innovation by commissioning bodies - who tend to commission block contracts at low cost for minimum services.
"What we need is commissioning that understands the complexity inherent in supporting people with dementia and delivers the resources to develop intensive one-to-one bespoke services."
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Title: Care homes need to improve dementia care
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 10626
Date Added: 17th Mar 2009