Upper Bann MP David Simpson has responded to figures released by Dementia UK that reveal almost 20,000 people in Northern Ireland are currently living with Dementia.
Commenting on the report Mr Simpson said: “These figures revealed by Dementia UK outline the serious need for our Government to fully recognise the need to maintain and improve the high level of care our elderly receive and all those who suffer with dementia. This latest report has also provided a platform to acknowledge the sterling work provided by their carers, many of which provide no assistance for the work they are doing.
“I urge the Department of Health to ensure that people with dementia receive the care and support they need from diagnosis to end of life and to prioritise the implementation of Integrated Care Partnership under Transforming Your Care plans.”
He continued: “At present, many recognize that Banbridge are leading the way in dementia care with care homes such as Bannview House and many others providing high class and professional care to their residents. I commend the work that our medical staff are doing as a lot of the work they do can often go unrecognized.”
“These figures are a sad reality as dementia can be a catalyst for anxiety and stress within close family circles who have the imperative task of caring for their loved one. Across the UK, one person will be diagnosed with dementia every three minutes. It is vital that we take the appropriate action now in order to meet the demands of carers. Whilst health care in Northern Ireland is quite rightly free of charge, those who care for someone with dementia quite often have to break the bank in order to fund the necessary requirements of their loved ones. I am confident that we can provide a standard of care that acknowledges the input our loved ones have had in society, whilst minimising the burdens being felt by patients, their carers and families,” added Mr Simpson.
This latest study also reveals that the cost of dementia to the UK purse has reached £26billion per year.
The report has also found that two-thirds of those living with dementia have recently felt anxious or depressed, whilst 7out of 10 were living with another medical condition or disability. Of those who receive a carer, 43% have said their carer receives no financial help with the care and support they are providing.