This report forms part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, and is designed to help deliver the Government’s key ambitions outlined in the new Challenge for 2020, where it is cited. It seeks to provide clear, practical ideas and suggestions to further dementia care in the community.
Through a series of innovative practice examples, the report demonstrates how skilled homecare can play a pivotal role in enabling people with dementia to live well in their preferred familiar environment. It shows why good homecare should be at the heart of policy decisions now and in the future.
It outlines what is required to further quality care and innovative practice across the homecare sector, and by whom. This is summarised in nine ‘actions for change’. Care providers, commissioners, regulators and health sector partners are all given reason to take action.
Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health said:
“We know that people with dementia want to live at home for as long as possible, and homecare is absolutely vital to supporting them in being able to do this. Driving quality and innovation in homecare will not only help us in meeting this ambition but also support the Government’s wider ambition for people to receive meaningful care following a diagnosis of dementia.”
George McNamara, Head of Policy at Alzheimer's Society said:
"Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community and many rely on receiving care at home to live from day-to-day. This guidance marks a step change in the way homecare should be approached. Good quality, personalised care that is delivered in a flexible and timely manner should not be a privilege, but a right. These actions for change will give homecare workers the confidence to deliver vital, quality care and give people with dementia much needed assurance.”
The group involved in drafting this work included family carers, policy makers, homecare providers and dementia specialists all with a shared commitment to improving the experience of people living with dementia and their families.
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