Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Dementia Plan for Wales desperately needed

Today at the National Assembly I met Service users and their families from the Early Onset dementia support service at Oldwell Court, Cardiff.

Their visit was to highlight the threat to the future funding of the service, and to promote the petition they are currently circulating.

This coincides with a Welsh Conservative debate this afternoon on the issue of dementia care across Wales.

There is a severe shortage of care home places in Wales dedicated to dementia.
Almost half of care home residents with dementia in Wales are not receiving care in settings suitable to their needs.

There is a ‘postcode lottery’ of services in the UK, with a report last year concluding that services in Wales are the worst in the UK.

Welsh Conservatives call for the Dementia Plan for Wales to be published as soon as possible. Wales desperately needs the National Dementia Plan in order to establish where to target resources. Only then can we even begin to develop the necessary facilities, which will not be done overnight.

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