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Families 'should use technology to keep in touch with dementia patients'

Families 'should use technology to keep in touch with dementia patients'
28th January 2013

The families of patients with dementia in Lancaster have hit out at plans to reduce the number of beds available to people with the condition in the region.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation trust is proposing the closure of the Altham Meadows Assessment Unit in Morecambe and has suggested two alternative plans in an effort to reduce costs, the Lancaster Guardian reports.

One of these proposals would see patients in the unit moved to a new centre in Blackpool, sparking an angry reaction from the families of dementia patients.

At a public meeting to discuss the options at Lancaster Town Hall on Friday (January 25th), it was suggested the relatives of those moved to the new site should use new technologies to combat the distance and keep in touch with the patient.

However, one anonymous carer summed up the general feeling towards the plans by saying "you can't hold hands with an iPad."

Read more about Barchester's dementia care homes.