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The Unacceptable Reality of Care for People Living With Dementia
This post includes a link to the following article in The Lancet, which has embedded in it links to survey findings from Alzheimers UK on the quality of home care, and a Canadian report on a new strategy for dementia.
The Lancet; Volume 388, No. 10060, p2566, 26 November 2016 http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)32383-2/fulltext?elsca1=etoc
For the first time, dementia has overtaken ischaemic heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics, and the mortality rate has more than doubled since 2010. The causes for this change include an ageing population, improved recognition, diagnosis, and reporting, but also treatment and prevention successes for other diseases. These figures also mean that an increasing number of people will live with dementia.
Although there have been several high-profile national efforts to accelerate research into treatments for dementia—so far with little success—people-centred, competent, and compassionate support and care for people living with dementia is what is really needed now. Survey findings, released by the UK-based charity Alzheimer's Society on Nov 16, paint a shocking picture about the quality of home care for people with dementia. There are about 520 000 home-care workers in the UK; 38% have no dementia training and of 43% who asked for training, more than 50% were turned down.
Many countries are struggling with the increasing need for caring for the elderly with dementia. In Canada, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has just released a new report—Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities—with 29 recommendations. Strategies, however, are not enough. Dementia care is demanding and needs to be individualised, compassionate, and integrated into community efforts. An urgent first step in the UK is a dedicated, educated, adequately financed, and well respected home-care workforce.
Contributor: Shereen Moloney - 28 Nov 2016, 12:55 PM
Title: Careerforce - Describe interaction, supports and reporting for people with dementia in an aged care, health, or disability context -Unit standard 26974 iLearn resource
Description: This is an open online course developed by Alzheimer's NZ and Careerforce for people interested in understanding how to support someone with dementia. Topics include: Dementia and its effects; Interacting with a person with dementia; Community support services for people with dementia; Reporting requirements for dementia carers.
Target Audience: Family/Whānau, Home & Community Care support workers, Aged residential care staff
Freephone: 0800 277 486
Phone: 03 371 9295
Fax: 03 371 9285
Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 28 Jun 2017, 3:22 PM