Mark Lloyd, Interim Managing Director at dementia care experts Avante Care & Support, has welcomed comments made by Prime Minister David Cameron this week and calls for more money to be made for research.
There are 800,000 people living with dementia in the United Kingdom with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2021 and to 1.7 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. It is also estimated that eighty per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.
Mark Lloyd said; “I very much welcome the Prime Minister’s contribution to the debate last week and raising the issues arising from caring for those affected by dementia. At Avante Partnership we are only too aware of the difficulties faced by those living with dementia and their families.
Mr Cameron referred to the 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK at the present time and research says that this figure is set to rise dramatically.
As a country, dementia is estimated to cost the UK a massive £23 billion each year and the condition is ahead of cancer, heart disease and strokes in causing long-term disability according to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Last week, the Prime Minister has reflected what carers have long been saying; we must raise the profile, discussion and debate to find a cure for this disease which destroys so many lives of people diagnosed with dementia and their family networks.“
Mark Lloyd has seen at first-hand the impact of dementia, he continued; “As a provider of care services to people within their homes and in registered care, the transformation of services delivered over the past ten years has been dramatic. The challenge for care providers such as Avante Partnership in the coming decades will be about the design of care homes to meet the needs of complex behaviours, the philosophy of care and training to meet individual health and social care needs in an enabling fashion, and of course, the level of adequate funding to provide more and more specialist care.“