£1 million funding for dementia services in Doncaster

Jeremy Hunt. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Jeremy Hunt. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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Dementia Friendly Doncaster is set to receive £1 million of funding.

The Doncaster service is amongst 116 projects across the country to secure a share of the £50 million to create pioneering care environments designed with the needs of people with dementia in mind.

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said:“There is little doubt that our home and work environment has an important impact upon our day to day lives – and our care environment is no exception.

“We can encounter any number of places and spaces in one day, and yet for someone with advanced dementia even walking from one room to another can be difficult. This pilot scheme will form an important first step towards driving forward better care environments for people with dementia.”

The Health Secretary announced details of the successful projects as part of a visit to the award winning dementia ward at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.

Jeremy Hunt spoke of the importance of placing the needs of dementia patients first when designing new care environments.

Funding was awarded to projects that demonstrate how practical changes to the environment within which people with dementia are treated in will make a tangible improvement to their condition.

The projects will form part of the first national pilot to showcase the best examples of dementia friendly environments across England, to build evidence around the type of physical changes that have the most benefit for dementia patients.

Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive said:

“The effect an unfamiliar hospital or care home environment has on the wellbeing of a person with dementia is often underestimated. Changes to a person’s surroundings can leave people with dementia feeling confused, anxious or agitated and can drastically affect their quality of life.

“Moving into a care home or spending time in hospital can be a difficult transition, and often the buildings and grounds are not layed out in a way that supports staff to deliver good quality care. Investment in pioneering projects that will create dementia-friendly environments within these care settings will play a vital part in helping to improve the care hospitals or care homes are able to provide.”