Dementia training deficit

Posted on December 31st, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, January 2014

Only half of home-based intermediate care services provide dementia training to all of their staff, according to a report released by the National Audit of Intermediate care.

The report also found that despite some improvement, intermediate care services are still fragmented and few and far between. In reponse, the Alzheimer’s Society said “people with dementia occupy a quarter of all hospital beds, yet we know they are more likely to be readmitted, stay longer and die in hospital than other patients. We can reduce this vicious cycle of hospital admissions by giving people with dementia the right support within their communities and intermediate care plays a key part in this.

“It is therefore disappointing that only half of home-based intermediate care services provide dementia training to all their staff, especially given that one in three people over 65 will develop dementia. This issue of limited dementia training also extends to emergency services and is timely given the Keogh review into urgent and emergency care, released today. The whole system will ultimately fail if staff do not understand the condition and so avoiding the issue of training is simply not an option.”

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