All 23 South Lanarkshire libraries have received a copy of a dementia care book from the team here at Home Instead South Lanarkshire. The libraries take in areas from Biggar to Hamilton & Bothwell, across to Strathaven and back to Uddingston. The book is called Confidence to Care offers readers a combination of personal stories and practical advice to help them provide the best and most effective dementia care possible. It’s important that those families and relatives who are looking after older people in their own homes with dementia, have as much information as possible about the disease.
There are 750,000 people with dementia in the UK.
By 2021 there will be over 940,000 people living with dementia and this will soar to 1.7 million by 2050.
One in three people over 65 will die with dementia.
More than 60 per cent of all care home residents, aged over 65, have a form of dementia.
There are over 16,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.
These are not just statistics; they represent millions of families with loved ones who require special care, both at home and in nursing homes.
At Home Instead South Lanarkshire we understand the challenges faced by family carers. We want to provide as many people as possible with more knowledge and understanding, so they have the confidence to care for people living with dementia in the local community. We hope that by donating our dementia care book to local libraries we can make the local area a more dementia friendly place to live.
This is just one way that we are helping make South Lanarkshire a more dementia friendly environment. The South Lanarkshire Home Instead team have just teamed up with the Dementia Services and Development Centre at Stirling University to become facilitators in the Best Practice in Dementia Care programme.