Alzheimer’s UK was also at Conference. I have been a long time supporter of the work Alzheimer’s UK do. They have a brilliant reputation for bringing to people’s attention to the desperate need for reform to bring about better care for those suffering this terrible disease and for the family and friends who are caring for them.
Dementia is one of the most pressing health issues of our time, and we must ensure that we provide world class care for those with this disease.
In a 2015 poll over 570 carers, families and friends of people with dementia:
• Only 2% said that in their experience all hospital staff in England understood the specific needs of people with dementia
• 57% said that felt the person they care for was not treated with understanding and dignity in hospital in England
• 90% said they felt the person with dementia became more confused while in hospital in England
• 92% thought hospital environments in England were frightening for the person with dementia.
Not only must we ensure that those receiving care are helped, but those who provide care are supported. Many families take on the responsibility of caring for those with dementia without any help or support. This places tremendous pressure on families.
I was able to tell Alzheimer’s UK of the Flintshire dementia Friendly Town initiative. Flintshire County Council are working hard to ensure that all our towns are accredited as being dementia friendly. Currently Flint and Buckley have been formerly recognised as dementia friendly and the Council are continuing to make sure even more of our communities are recognised for this.