Home Care in Harrogate Team Supports Dementia Care Guidance

Wednesday, 03rd April 2013

Published 03 April 2013.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”) has today released a guide to support the commissioning of care for people with dementia. The aim is to provide practical advice for commissioners to improve the integration of health and social care.

The current and future impact of dementia on society is now widely recognised – there are around 630,000 people living with the condition in England today and this is projected to double by 2035. The estimated annual cost to the economy is £20 billion and this may increase to over £27 billion by 2018. NICE has highlighted that there is a major need to improve specific areas of health and social care in order to ensure that families and their carers receive better outcomes:

  • Improving early intervention, assessment and diagnosis – this helps people plan for their care and receive treatment and support earlier
  • Supporting people to live well with dementia – investing in services to support people to live well and independently with dementia reduces hospital admissions and moves into residential care
  • Improving support for carers – there are approximately 670,000 people acting as primary carers for people with dementia which can put a huge strain on them and their lives. Supporting them more produces better outcomes for them and the people they care for

Carefound provides specialist home care and dementia care services to families in the Harrogate area of North Yorkshire. All of its home care team have received specialist training in supporting people with dementia using the SPECAL method, as designed by the Contented Dementia Trust.

Carefound supports the guidance issued by NICE and believes that it will help its professional home care team in its role of enabling individuals and families experiencing dementia to continue to retain independence in the community to the greatest extent possible. It is considered that improving early intervention and integration across the health and social care sector will be key to this.

Source: Carefound, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

About Carefound:

Carefound is a provider of specialist home care and dementia care services to elderly people in North Yorkshire, enabling clients to continue to live independently in the comfort of their own home whilst maintaining the highest quality of life achievable. Services provided include basic help in the home,companionship, personal care, medication help, post-operative rehabilitation, respite care and specialist help such as dementia care and palliative care. The flexible service ranges from 1 hour to 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, including bank holidays, and can also encompass 24-hour live in care services.

Tel: 01423 774070 | Web: www.carefound.co.uk | Email: enquiries@carefound.co.uk