Health Secretary announces new package for dementia sufferers

28 February 2014

We welcome Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt’s, announcement of a new package of care for dementia sufferers.

He has said that NHS England will invest £90m to reduce waiting times for diagnosis by March 2015. At present it can take health authorities from a few weeks up to 25 weeks to carry out a diagnosis.

Mr Hunt has, quite rightly, said that it is “totally unacceptable” to have such variation across the country.

Other pledges announced include working with businesses to train staff to spot signs of dementia among their customers so that staff can offer support.

Whilst Mr Hunt’s focus is on educating staff at retailers we are delighted to be continuing our own programme of education and learning amongst the broader community with our free dementia family workshops.

Since the launch of the Home Instead workshops last May, we have trained in the region of 10,000 people.

Many of these are family carers but we have also trained members of the police and fire service as well as many local shopkeepers, hairdressers and NHS staff.

Speaking about Mr Hunt’s announcement, Trevor Brocklebank, CEO of Home Instead, said, “Anything that can be done to help those living with dementia is good news. When setting up our own dementia workshops we were motivated to spread our knowledge as in doing so we can help more people.

“It is vitally important that more people have a greater understanding of what dementia is and how it manifests itself as this will help ensure that those living with the condition are treated with dignity and respect.”

Home Instead’s family dementia workshops are based on the company’s proprietary City & Guilds accredited dementia Caregiver training programme. For information about workshops running in your area, please contact your local Home Instead office.