02 November 2012
Pam Finnis, Managing Director of HC-One has committed to improving the quality of life of people with dementia and encouraging the whole sector to take responsibility for delivering excellent dementia care. By adding the name of HC-One to the list of signatories to the English Community Care Association's (ECCA) Dementia Care and Support Compact, Pam Finnis has signalled that HC-One stands firm with the government in their efforts to improve care and support for people with dementia, their carers and families.
Pam Finnis, Managing Director of HC-One, said:
"HC-One strongly supports the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia and the ECCA's Compact. It is important that we continue to challenge the perceptions surrounding social care services for people with dementia and focus on the quality of life as well as the quality of care when caring for those who suffer with dementia.
"Dementia is a very serious condition that can have a devastating impact on individuals and their families. Currently 850,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK, and that figure is expected to rise to 2 million by 2045.
"We welcome the Government's commitment to raising awareness of this condition and tackling the important issue of dementia care in our ageing population."
Paul Smith, HC-One Head of Mental Health and Dementia, said:
"Over 80% of our 10,500 residents live with some form of dementia, and in our experience, early detection is crucial in enabling the person to plan for, and us to provide, the kindest possible care.
"We are working in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society to develop new tools to support residents with behavioural symptoms of dementia and to roll out a pioneering dementia education program, the Focussed Intervention for Training of Staff (FITS) program, across our homes that will reduce reliance on antipsychotic drugs and shift the focus to person centred care.
"We see the government's National Dementia Strategy as an opportunity for society to take a new look at dementia and hope that it will help to bring dementia care to the forefront of the social care agenda."