Steve McCabe MP has joined United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA) in their calls for improvements to dementia care at home.
Steve and the UKCHA are highlighting the importance of quality, choice and control in dementia care to enable people with dementia to live well at home, in the environment of their choice, for as long as possible.
UKHCA recently published a report on dementia home care which found that 850,000 people in the UK currently live with dementia, two thirds of those people live at home yet only 1 in 3 receive homecare. The report also found that 85% of people would want to stay at home for as long as possible if diagnosed with dementia, rather than go into a care or nursing home.
The United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA) is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. UKHCA helps organisations that provide social care (also known as domiciliary care or homecare), which may include nursing services, to people in their own homes, promoting high standards of care.
Steve McCabe MP said:
“It is important that people with dementia are properly cared for and the UKHCA’s report clearly shows that there is a huge unmet need in the homecare sector for those living with Dementia. There are many people who have been diagnosed with dementia that understandably want to retain their independence and I think that increased and improved homecare will help facilitate this but at the moment there is a long way to go.”