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Care homes 'play vital part in battle against dementia'

Care homes 'play vital part in battle against dementia'
12th February 2009

The dementia care provided by care homes plays a vital part in the continued fight against the disease, according to a health specialist.

Dr Graham Stokes, the head of mental health at private care firm Bupa, said incentives should be provided by the government in order to encourage staff who are properly trained in taking care for those with young onset dementia and other mental healthcare services.

He commented: "For example, fees for dementia care are 20 per cent higher in New Zealand than for equivalent care for older people without dementia.

"We need this kind of investment in high-quality care homes alongside the other range of services for people with dementia."

Mr Stokes emphasised that care homes are not the last resort and provide the most appropriate environment for dementia sufferers.

According to recent figures from the Alzheimer's Research Trust, there are 700,000 living with dementia in the UK, with 25 million people directly affected by dementia through relatives or friends.

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