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People with dementia offered new support scheme

People with dementia offered new support scheme
20th August 2009

A new project has been launched which aims to help people with dementia benefit from self-directed support.

The Mental Health Foundation is aiming to make such support available through such things as individual budgets, direct payments and personal budgets to people living with dementia and their carers.

The decision comes as a result of the Health & Social Care Act 2008, which allows the provision of individual budgets.

Before this amendment, legislation had prevented those who "lack mental capacity" get such self-directed support.

Head of development at the Mental Health Foundation Toby Williamson said: "This project aims to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. Whilst eligible for self-directed support, many are still not accessing or benefiting from what's available.

"Working with voluntary and statutory groups and organisations we hope to identify and help overcome the barriers."

The Mental Health Foundation was founded in 1949 and provides information, carries out research and runs campaigns for anyone affected by mental health problems, regardless of age.

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