Putting dementia on the map

Putting dementia on the mapThe Department of Health has published an interactive online map to show people the level of dementia care and support in their local area.

The map is part of the Government’s ‘State of the Nation’ report which has examined the quality of dementia care in England, with a range of data including diagnosis rates, referral rates and how often anti-psychotic drugs are prescribed to patients.

According to official figures, 670,000 people in England live with dementia and this number is set to double in the next 30 years. The report shows that nationally only 48% of people with dementia receive a diagnosis.

At a local level rates are published by Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with diagnosed rates of 47.3% in Coventry and Rugby CCG, 46.6% in Warwickshire North CCG and 44.1% in South Warwickshire CCG.

The identification and management of dementia is changing with areas including Warwickshire signing up to the Alzheimer’s Society ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ programme.

A dementia-friendly community is one that shows a high level of public awareness and understanding so that people with dementia and their carer’s are encouraged to seek help and are supported by their community. Such communities are more inclusive of people with dementia, and improve their ability to remain independent and have choice and control over their lives.

Further information about dementia can be obtained from the Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Portal.

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