STAFF at a Worcester company which provides home care have backed new plans to fight dementia.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt recently unveiled a number of changes to the way the illness is dealt with, including a reduction in diagnosis waiting times, more training for businesses to spot the signs of dementia and work to reduce the public stigma attached.
Hannah MacKechnie, director at Radfield Home Care based in Blackpole Business Centre, said the proposals had their full support.
“The new dementia campaign is very welcome news to us,” she said.
“Helping to encourage businesses to provide staff with training to help them spot the early signs of dementia will not only make their jobs easier by raising awareness and understanding, but will allow firms to provide the most appropriate and dignified care as possible.
“We’re sure it will offer sufferers of dementia, and their family and friends who have to deal with the disease’s heartbreaking effects, peace of mind and the assurance of support by the wider community.
“Other proposals include raising the public awareness of the condition, and as advocates of the dementia friendly campaign, these are plans we strongly support.”
Mr Hunt’s changes include reducing the waiting time for diagnosis from the current average of six months to an absolute minimum of six weeks, as well as recommending timely diagnosis and the effectiveness of medicine in the early stages of the disease.
Radfield Home Care recently launched an official ‘Caring for Carers’ pledge to promote good practice across the care sector, and as a plea to other providers to support their staff as well as possible.