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

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...



© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)