Wales launches Dementia Action Plan 2018-2022

03/05/2018 - 15:35

The Welsh Government has announced a new action plan to help people living with dementia in Wales. The new Plan to transform dementia care in Wales was launched on 14 February by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. This new innovative action plan will ensure people with dementia can live as independently as possible in their communities. 

It is estimated that up to 50,000 people in Wales are living with the condition and with an ageing population this number will increase. The Health Secretary announced that GBP10 million a year will be spent with the aim to help people living with dementia live as independently as possible in their communities.

The new plan includes supporting a number of initiatives including:  

  • Dementia risk reduction
     A document, called Dementia: reduce your risk guidance' sets out the lifestyle choices individuals can take which could lessen the risk of developing dementia.
  • Dementia diagnosis rates
    Action will be taken to improve dementia diagnosis rates in Wales, including extra training and support for primary care and care home staff.
  • Post-diagnostic support
    Funding for new support workers will be made available across Wales to help those who have received a dementia diagnosis.  
  • Care in general hospital settings
    Support will be provided to NHS Wales staff to ensure they have the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best care for patients with dementia.
  • Public awareness and support Further funding will be allocated to the Alzheimer’s Society in Wales for their Dementia Friends/Dementia Supportive Communities campaigns.

To read more, visit Alzheimer Europe's website here.