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Alzheimer's Society: Dementia care must improve in care homes

Alzheimer's Society: Dementia care must improve in care homes
11th November 2009

There must be an improved quality of care for people with dementia, as well as extra training for care homes not specialising in dementia practices, according to a leading charity.

Branch manager of the Birmingham outlet of the Alzheimer's Society Rob Felton explained that a number of care homes that do not specialise in dementia care have disappointed him due to their general approach to the situation.

He explained: "I see the same poor practice and poor care that I saw 15 years ago. One area that falls down is care in the community for people, because we tend to have generic support from care agencies but they are not specialists in dementia care."

Mr Felton said there must be a different approach to dementia care and this requires specialist intervention, though he added that he does not see that happening at the moment.

The Alzheimer's Research Trust notes that around 25 million people, or 42 per cent of the UK population, are affected by dementia via close friends or family members with the condition.

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