19 Aug 2016
Dementia Care Atlas and the Postcode Lottery
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
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Gardening with dementia could help hearts and plants bloom anew.
As our population ages, dementia remains the most feared illness for over 55s and in 2012, the Department of Health launched an unprecedented plan to improve dementia care and research. Our director Mike Smith received personal thanks from Jeremy Hunt for his advice and support in establishing ‘The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia’, but for us at Trinity Homecare, our true reward is knowing that there are now over 1 million ‘dementia friends’ and the spend on research has doubled to over £60 million to improve provisions for specialist dementia care. Given that recent research has suggested that gardens can specifically improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia in various ways, government funding has supported NHS projects with £500,000 worth of grants for garden improvement projects.
Sometimes referred to as ‘horticultural therapy’, gardening has many benefits for people living with dementia:
It’s important to remember that someone living with dementia may perceive the world differently, and creating a safe environment is absolutely vital:
As the world around us changes every day, the peace and pride that can be discovered among our plants can help to secure our roots in our homes and our lives.
With every advancement in medical research, with every dementia friend, and every bulb planted, challenges are being overcome one by one. The government now aims to make the UK the world leader in dementia care and research by 2020, and given the success of the campaign so far, it seems we can look to the future with hope.