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MP takes evidence on the inquiry into care for people with dementia

March 17, 2009 2:09 PM

Tim Farron is one of three MPs leading a national inquiry into the lack of adequate training for care home staff working with people with dementia. Speaking ahead of the first of two evidence sessions this afternoon examining the current standard of care available for dementia sufferers in the UK, Mr Farron has highlighted the importance of providing the highest level of care.

The Alzheimer's Society, who are supporting the Inquiry, have today revealed that one in three care homes are not providing adequate training for staff to care for people with dementia.

Mr Farron has responded "We would not tolerate our children being taught and cared for by people who were not properly trained neither should we accept the situation where people with dementia are cared for by people who are not trained to deal with their specialist needs. People with dementia deserve dignity and the highest standards of care"

Mr Farron is to be a leading member of the All Part Parliamentary Group on dementia's inquiry taking place on the 17th and 18th March into the failure to provide adequate training for people working in the care sector who deal with people with dementia.

Commenting Mr Farron said:

"With the amount of people living with dementia expected to rise to one million in less than 15 years it's paramount that we start to improve the standard of care given to dementia sufferers immediately.

"It's crucial that we move away from the current fragmented approach to a system of care whereby specialised instruction and training is given to all those working with dementia patients.

"What we need is a system that understands the complexity inherent in supporting people with dementia and delivers the resources to develop intensive one-to-one bespoke services.

"This week's evidence sessions will examine all the failings in the current system of dementia care and will hopefully go someway to encouraging care homes to take a more active role in the management and care of people with dementia across the UK."