All dementia sufferers must have access to care in their home - Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disability Rights and Older People Caoimhghín Ó Caolain has said that more must be done to ensure that every person with dementia who requires home care has access to dementia-specific care in his or her home.
Teachta Ó Caoláin was speaking in the Dáil this evening during the PMB on services and supports for people with Dementia and Alzheimers disease.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
“Of the 48,000 people living with dementia in this State, it is estimated that 63% of them reside in their own homes. The National Dementia Strategy acknowledges this and the fact that most people with dementia living in their communities wish to continue to do so, but this isn't always possible. More must be done to ensure that every person with dementia who requires home care has access to dementia-specific care in his or her home.
“One of the aims of the National Dementia Strategy is to ensure every person with dementia who requires home care has access to dementia specific care in his or her home. Sinn Féin fully endorses and supports this recommendation and is committed to the full implementation of the National Dementia Strategy. We also are of the strong belief that when implemented there should be a follow-up strategy based on the review of the current strategy’s implementation and effectiveness.
“In our alternative budget proposals for 2017 we also identified housing adaptation as a critical area of importance for those with specific health needs. The existing local government adaptation grant schemes are chronically underfunded. Therefore we committed to increasing the central funding of these grant schemes by 50% through the allocation of an additional €15.75 million, a measure which would especially benefit people with dementia and their carers.
"Additionally we believe that it is of critical importance to ensure that everyone with dementia has access to a timely diagnosis and appropriate post-diagnosis support. Adequate training must also be provided throughout the health and social care services for staff dealing with people with dementia.
“The Government must improve investment in care. Carers need to be rewarded and given every support so they can help their loved one stay in familiar surroundings, if that is their choice or the safest and manageable option” concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin.