Jeremy Hunt today announced £50 million will be made available to NHS Trusts and local authorities working in partnership with social care providers to help hospitals and care homes cater for people with dementia.
The funding will be used to develop more initiatives like the ‘butterfly scheme’ uses across Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.
The system involves placing a butterfly symbol on the bed of a patient with dementia. It is also highlighted in their care records, appointment records and on patient flow boards so that staff know they need extra help.
“Being one of the best for dementia is a priority for this Government, and doing what we can to help people with the condition feel more safe and secure in their environment is an important part of this. “Responding with dignity and compassion to dementia is the only sensible reaction to the urgent challenges we face as our population ages.”
Four friends from Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire are celebrating after completing an 1,800-mile car rally across Europe that raised more than £5,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Mark Moody, of Newark, and his childhood friend Jason Booth, from Claypole, took part in the Staples2Naples old bangers’ rally together with Neil Dixon and Rob Pitches, crossing six countries in four days to reach the finish line in Naples.
The four were motivated to take part by Mark’s mother, Elaine, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease six years ago, when she was just 52. The challenge saw the four friends set off from Calais in a £200, 18-year-old Renault Laguna, sprayed bright pink.
The four-day adventure took them through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to Switzerland, before driving across the Alps into northern Italy and finally to Naples.
The government has announced a doubling of the funding into research into Alzheimers disease. David Cameron spoke of "a national crisis" posed by the condition and said he would make tackling it a personal priority.
The move has been welcomed today by charities - and by those who have the condition. The video above contains flash photography.