Health secretary reveals funding to improve care for dementia patients

25 October 2012

Dedicated funding has been announced that is set to see better care environments for people with dementia created across the UK.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt pointed out that the move will help those with the condition to live in a location aimed at reducing their anxiety and distress levels, as well as make them feel safe in their surroundings.

A maximum of £50 million will be provided to NHS trusts and authorities, and care providers can bid for their share of the fund by signing up to the Dementia Care and Support Compact scheme.

The Department of Health suggests that the money could be used by care providers to create hi-tech sensory rooms that use lighting, smells and sound to stimulate people's senses, or improve a care home's surroundings to present patients with a specially adapted outside space.

Mr Hunt commented: "You don't need to be an expert to know sensitively designed spaces make all of us feel better – so we want people with dementia to be able to benefit from environments that are designed to meet their needs."

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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