A new training package has been launched to help those who care for people with dementia to better understand the disease and how best to assist patients.
It is estimated that two-thirds of the 800,000 dementia patients in the UK currently live within the community, while almost a third of those are living alone.
The resource includes a DVD, exercises and learner notes and has been developed by Alzheimer's Society in conjunction with homecare specialists, with the organisation highlighting the fact that dementia patients' needs can be diverse and difficult to fulfill.
There are four modules to the training and the charity hopes that it will help to ensure those caring for people with dementia can offer the highest-possible level of "person-centred care".
Hilary Barrett, national manager of education and development at Alzheimer's Society, said: "The right training and tools can help change lives. It leads to better care and a happier environment."
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