Home Instead welcomes announcement on dementia funding

Posted 01/11/12

The CEO of Home Instead, Trevor Brocklebank, has welcomed new Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt’s pledge to spend £50m on improving elderly care for dementia patients and his vow to make England the ‘best place in Europe to grow old’.

The £50m will be used to create more dementia-friendly environments in hospitals and care homes with suggestions being made that the money could be spend on sensory rooms or specially adapted outdoor spaces.

Home Instead, who provide care for elderly people in their own homes, has pledged to ‘change the face of ageing in the UK’, by delivering care which puts the individual at the heart of the service they provide.

Home Instead is already actively involved in helping people with dementia, providing support to them and their families. Commenting, Trevor said, “Demand for our specialist dementia care is on the increase and we are constantly looking to make refinements to how we deliver specialist dementia care as we learn more about this complex condition.

“Our caregivers complete a training programme designed by renowned national and international dementia and Alzheimer’s experts which means that they understand how to maintain safe environments in our clients’ homes and know how to manage challenging behaviours.

“They also take care to provide mind-stimulating activities and ensure that nutritious meals are not only prepared, but eaten.

“Because we provide continuity of care, whereby clients and caregivers are matched, our caregivers are able to form long lasting relationships with their clients and this, along with a regular routine,  is particularly important when dealing with dementia.”