Posted on November 20, 2013

Dementia patients could be listed on database

There have been calls from the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police to create a database of those who have been diagnosed with dementia. Sir Peter Fahy has stated that this type of database would help the emergency service when called to deal with those who are confused and will allow for a much better standard of service; however, the Alzheimer's Society has voiced concerns that such a database could cause more problems. The number of people diagnosed with dementia currently stands around 800,000 and it is estimated that within the next ten years this will increase to more than one million.  For many of these people dementia care is carried out within the community rather than within a nursing home environment. One of the reasons for the chief constable's call for a database is that it is estimated that around 400 police officers in the region each year are called upon to assist with a dementia sufferer.  He wants the police service to consider systems and procedures that would allow them to deal better with dementia sufferers.  Contact details can be placed on the database by dementia care workers and families so that sufferers can be returned home quickly if the need arises. The Alzheimer's Society claims that the police can be helped if they simply share existing information with social services.  Police forces around the country are reporting increases in incidents involving dementia sufferers, but the Department of Health has confirmed that there are currently no plans for a database.
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