Comment on Health and Social Care Committee report on residential care

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Published on Thursday, 13 December 2012 10:28
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

The National Assembly for Wales has today published a report by the Health and Social Care Committee – Residential care for older people in Wales.

The report examines the provision of residential care in Wales and the ways in which it can meet the current and future needs of older people. Based on evidence gathered from over 70 organisations, including Alzheimer's Society, the Health and Social Care Committee have compiled a number of recommendations for improving residential care for older people.

Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer's Society in Wales said:

'We very much welcome this report, its recommendations and conclusions. The report rightly recognises the importance of dementia, both in terms of improving provision of services for people with dementia in the community, and improving dementia training in care homes, where two thirds of the residents will have dementia.

'We are particularly pleased that in their conclusions the Committee recognise the benefits of an early diagnosis of dementia. With more than 43,614* people estimated to be living in Wales with dementia, and only 37%* of those having received a formal diagnosis, Wales has the lowest dementia diagnosis rate of the four UK nations. An earlier diagnosis of dementia would better equip those affected, their families and carers to plan for their future, reduce or delay the need for long term care, and help people to live well with the condition for longer.

'We look forward to working with the Welsh Assembly over the coming months to help support the implementation of these recommendations, and conclusions, to help ensure people living with dementia in Wales receive the quality of care they deserve.'

Source: ©Alzheimer's Society

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