This week (August 16), Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt unveiled a dementia atlas that illustrates the levels of NHS dementia care across England, using statistics recorded by the NHS as part of its Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF). One of the revelations to emerge is the large disparity in levels of NHS care in different regions.
The BBC drew attention to the difference between the number of people living with dementia receiving face-to-face annual check-ups in specific areas. Such check-ups are considered to be an essential part of dementia care.
Patients had an 85 per cent chance of receiving one of these face-to-face meetings if they lived in the Aylesbury area, while the likelihood of receiving a check-up in Somerset was dramatically lower at 50 per cent. Disparities in regional dementia care such as these have led many observers to label the dementia care provided by the NHS as a postcode lottery.
In the wake of the data, regional NHS Trusts will undoubtedly be under pressure to improve their levels of dementia care. In the meantime, there are still effective care and support options available.
Private homecare providers, such as Trinity Homecare, are equipped with the resources, experience and compassion to comprehensively support those living with dementia. The service we offer at Trinity Homecare is bespoke to each of our clients; we adapt our services to match the specific needs of every individual. This ensures that those we care for, and their loved ones, are provided with the level of help and support they require. The very nature of homecare also ensures that people living with dementia are cared for in surroundings they are familiar with, providing a greater level of comfort.