Leading charities, public bodies and private providers have come together to issue a call to transform the lives of families and friends caring for people with dementia. By working together we aim to transform the lives of 550,000 family carers of people with dementia in England today.
Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support says:
"With one in three people aged over 65 going on to develop dementia, it is an issue which touches all of us. There are around 550,000 people in England acting as the primary carers for people with dementia, providing vital support to family members and friends. We know that carers of people with dementia experience greater strain and distress than carers of other older people. I am pleased to support the Carers Call to Action. By achieving the shared vision, the Call to Action will have a positive impact on people with dementia and carers and improve their quality of life. I would encourage others to sign up and show their support for the Call to Action and for carers of people with dementia”.
Tracey Crouch MP says:
I am delighted to support this Call to Action. Those who care for someone with dementia must be valued as individuals and as a workforce; therefore we must ensure we give them the support they need to continue to care for their loved ones but also themselves. These 5 points of our shared vision are something everyone can employ. I urge all charities, public bodies and private providers in the sector to sign up and show their support.”
Our Commitment - our shared vision:
Carers of people with dementia:
- have recognition of their unique experience - 'given the character of the illness, people with dementia deserve and need special
consideration... that meet their and their caregivers needs' (World
Alzheimer Report 2013 Journey of Caring)
- are recognised as essential partners in care - valuing their knowledge and the support they provide to enable the person with dementia to live well
- have access to expertise in dementia care for personalised information, advice, support and co-ordination of care for the person with dementia
- have assessments and support to identify the on-going and changing needs to maintain their own health and well-being
- have confidence that they are able to access good quality care, support and respite services that are flexible, culturally appropriate, timely and provided by skilled staff for both the carer and the person for whom they care
These five ambitious aims will bring about real and lasting change. When this is achieved, we will ensure carers are acknowledged and respected as essential partners in care, and are supported with easy access to the information and the advice they need to assist them in carrying out their role.
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