13th April 2016
Diagnosis rates of dementia vary across the country, but there are strong arguments that diagnosis is the first step to getting the right care and support to enable your loved one to continue to enjoy a fulfilling, enjoyable life.
In 2012, the dementia diagnosis rate in West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group area was just 42%, against a national average of 48%. Strategic campaigns have been carried out since then to improve awareness and diagnosis of dementia, but in July 2015 the South East Strategic Clinical Network admitted more needed to be done to hit the diagnosis rate of 66% that the Prime Minister had set as a target to be achieved by 2015.
But if a loved one has dementia, does it matter if you have a formal diagnosis? Dementia expertProfessor Alistair Burns argues that a diagnosis gives you the information you need to arrange the best, most appropriate care for your loved one:
“Good quality post-diagnostic care helps the individual with dementia to stay at home, when it is in their best interests to do so, which enables them to remain independent for longer.”
Exploring what support is available, and how and when you might call upon it, will put you and your loved one in a position of confidence that the support you need will be there as the dementia progresses.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, we are happy to have a no-obligation initial discussion about our home care services, including our specialist dementia care. This will help you have a better understanding of the support available to you, and how we can work together to provide appropriate, expert care to enable your loved one to continue to enjoy the best possible quality of independent living.