Dementia services 'improving, but more must be done'

Posted on 31 March 2011

Elderly people with dementia, who may be paying for long term care, are enjoying a higher standard of services according to the latest report from the Care Quality Commission.

The report found that care quality for people with dementia has generally improved, but warned that some councils are not doing enough to provide community-based services and options for independent living.

Louise Lakey, policy manager at the Alzheimer's Society, said as two-thirds of people in care homes have some form of dementia, it is "reassuring" to hear that provision is improving in some areas.

"With spending cuts beginning to take force it is essential we think long term and invest now in cost-effective, good quality care both in the community and in care homes," she went on to say.

Earlier this month, the Alzheimer's Society warned that as many as one-third of London GPs are unable to diagnose dementia or provide enough support for people with the condition.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

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