Recently, headlines in the media have come out that doctors are now reluctant to diagnose patients with Dementia as they feel there isn’t anything the NHS can do.
This news comes from the Alzheimer’s society’s latest Dementia reports which has produced these astonishing stats from 1,000 GP’s across the UK.
¼ of doctors avoid sending patients for tests if they were unlikely to be offered treatment after
If the condition already seemed quite advanced, 25% of GP’s would be reluctant to diagnose patients
77% of GP’s said that Dementia sufferers had to rely on family as their carers because the council wasn’t providing enough assistance.
Current stats show that around 850,000 adults across the UK are believed to have dementia, however less than two thirds have been diagnosed.
At Home Instead Sheffield, we have many clients who have Dementia and can therefore say with authority that we feel early diagnosis is vital.
Early diagnosis of Dementia gives families the most important thing, time. Not only does time allow families to understand the condition better, but it also allows them to make care plans and find the right support out there in order for their loved one to live independently for as long as possible.
We feel that GP’s reluctance to diagnose Alzheimer’s and other Dementia’s is because of the lacking support landscape which is cheating our future generations out of quality Dementia care.
At Home Instead Sheffield and Barnsley, many of our CAREGivers have taken part in our Alzheimer’s awareness course which prepares them with all they need to know about caring for someone with Dementia, meaning we can deliver dementia care of the highest quality. We have many more CAREGivers who will undertake the course in the next 12 months.
Not only do we try and raise awareness amongst our CAREGivers, we try to promote the need for people to understand Dementia in the community too. By sharing our knowledge of Dementia with the community through our FREE family dementia workshops, we hope more people can understand Dementia and be prepared if they come across someone with the condition.
We have held a lot of workshops across Sheffield and these have helped many people to understand the condition. And guess what? We have arranged another!
Our next workshop will cover the topics; Techniques to manage challenging behaviours and Capturing Life’s journey. Techniques to manage challenging behaviours goes into more detail about how we can handle difficult situations when your loved one may be showing signs of frustration, anger, or other emotions. While Capturing Life’s Journey covers ways in which we can help our loved one to recall their happy times through life Journals.
This is day 2 out of 3 of our workshops, however it doesn’t matter what order you attend them in, we host workshops all year round!
When: Wednesday 29th July
Where: Wood Hill House, Wellbeing Suite – Orangery, Grimesthorpe Road, Sheffield, S4 8LE
Time: 1PM – 4PM
If you would like to attend our workshop or you would like more information about our quality dementia care, then do not hesitate to call us on 0114 246 9666 or come and see us at our office!
Haywood House, Hydra Business Park, Nether Lane, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, S35 9ZX.