Posted on September 29, 2014

Dementia care handbook developed

A new handbook has been developed to help those who spend time caring for dementia sufferers. The Dementia Handbook for Carers was launched at the Living Well With Dementia event in Reading and contains contact information for various helpful organisations, advice on how to cope with difficult situations, and medical information and legal advice.  The handbook was put together by teams from Berkshire Healthcare and the University of Reading. It is estimated that within 15 years more than one million people will have been diagnosed with the condition.  In the western area of the county of Berkshire there are currently 5,000 people suffering with the condition and this is set to almost double within the next 25 years.  Thousands more will be affected by the condition when they are caring for loved ones with the disease and these carers will need information on where to get the support they need. Funding for this project came from the Berkshire West Confederation of Clinical Commissioning Groups as part of its work on the prime minister's Dementia Challenge.  Dr Luke Solomons, a consultant psychiatrist at Berkshire Healthcare, stated that the trust continually hears that those providing dementia care struggle with the information that is available to them and that the local healthcare authorities want to work with carers to improve the situation. Dr Solomons' comments have been welcomed by carers, who approve of the new guide and are encouraging other carers to read it to help them to obtain the support they need.
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