Posted on May 27, 2014

Concern over dementia care quality in North Staffordshire

Care experts are warning that there could be a crisis in dementia care in North Staffordshire as an increasing number of people are diagnosed with the condition. The city council for Stoke-on-Trent recorded that there were 2,900 people with the condition in 2013. This figure is expected to increase to almost 3,200 by 2016; however, a number of the charity workers helping those in the area with the condition have stated that not enough is being done to raise awareness of dementia. The Alzheimer's Society in Staffordshire has stated that there are a number of goals that the charity is working towards at the moment. One is to tackle the stigma connected with the condition, with others including more timely diagnosis, more services for dementia care, and more research to find a cure. The main priority, however, is to help those with the condition to live well. Staffordshire as a whole has in excess of 11,000 sufferers, and this number is rising all the time. The deputy leader of the city council in Stoke-on-Trent, Paul Shotton, has stated that there are already a number of services in place to help those who have been diagnosed with dementia. Support, advice and information are readily available to those who are in the early stages of the condition, and the council is also able to offer more specialist care as the condition progresses; however, it is believed that more can be done to ensure that those providing dementia care have all the information they need regarding the condition.
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