There are estimated to be around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia with an estimated cost to the economy of £23 billion a year, this is more than the combined costs of cancer, heart disease and stroke. By 2040 the number of people with dementia is expected to double with the predicted costs expected to treble (DoH, 2015).
It has been estimated that by 2030 the increased number of people leaving employment to care for someone with dementia will cost businesses more than £3 billion (Centre for Economic and Business research, 2014).
The majority of our services will be directly or indirectly touched by dementia and this policy sets out to provide clear guidance on the care of people with suspected dementia, dementia and their carers’.
This policy will be set around the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Quality Standards for Dementia Care (2010) and the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020 (2015).
This policy is relevant to all staff who are directly or indirectly involved in the care of people with dementia, their carers’ and families and those staff who, in their daily routine could come into contact with a person with dementia, their carer or their family.
The purpose of this document is to set out the strategic and clinical standards to provide excellent dementia care.
|Compiled by:||David Sills, Admiral Nurse|
|Ratified by:||Safeguarding Committee / NMAHPG|
|Date Ratified:||August 2019|
|Date Issued:||August 2019|
|Review Date:||August 2021|
|Target Audience:||All staff involved in the care of patients with dementia, their families and carers.|
|Contact name:||David Sills, Admiral Nurse|
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