Striving for better dementia care
In 2016, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health in the Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia 2020, Department of Health (2016) said:
“By 2020, England should be the best place for people with dementia, their carers and families to live and the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.”
This was written on the back of a similar statement in 2013. To date not very much has changed and I can say first-hand that England is not the best place for people with dementia and their carers. The solutions are not simple wiht a complex disease in a complex system of care -commitment is needed.
Striving for better dementia care means striving for change across a whole range of agencies involved as well as legislation. It requires considerable effort and public pressure to keep dementia care at the top of the national agenda.
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