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Alzheimer's Society: Petition for better homecare

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Alzheimer's Society: Petition for better homecare

The Alzheimer's Society is campaigning to improve the care given to Dementia patients. Currently, 400,000 people are living with dementia is England and are relying on homecare workers to help them with their everyday tasks, right down to the basics of getting washed and dressed.

However, the Alzheimer's Society’s investigation has shown that there is a complete lack of dementia training for homecare workers with 1 in 3 not being trained. People affected by dementia told the society that they had been left terrified at home in soiled clothes, surviving without hot meals and even missing vital medication.

The homecare system is critically failing thousands of people with dementia, when it has been proven that good homecare can transform a person’s quality of life. It could mean the difference of being able to stay in their own homes and being rushed to hospital or admitted to a care home for these vulnerable people.

Most homecare workers are trying their best for their patients, however, without specific training, they are not giving the specific care required of them. Lack of knowledge about the condition or how to take care of a person with dementia is leaving patients without the care they should receive.

The Alzheimer's Society is, therefore, looking for your help to fix the broken system for homecare workers, people with dementia and their families. They are calling on the government to amend the current homecare system in 5 ways:

  • Setting minimum dementia training standards for all homecare workers
  • A dementia training programme for all homeworkers in their boroughs
  • Thorough inspections of the quality and impact of dementia training being provided
  • A dedicated Dementia Lead, who can serve as first point of contact for homecare workers and their families
  • Government bodies to find resources to fund dementia training for all homecare workers

With proper training, a homecare worker should be able to:

  • Identify changes in condition and behaviour of the person with dementia
  • Reduce the impact of symptoms through quality care
  • Signpost to other sources of support in the community
  • Support family carers to keep going

To support the Alzheimer’s Society’s campaign, please sign their petition here.

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