With flashing lights, noisy streets and heaving crowds, London can sometimes be a bewildering place even for people who know what to expect. But imagine how confusing it must seem for someone living with dementia.
Today a charity launched a campaign to help make London the first dementia-friendly capital city in the world. Kate Moore from the Alzheimer's Society and the actress Ruta Gedmintas talk to Nina Hossain.
Dementia UK says at a national level they're hearing David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt talk aboutmore funding for dementia. However, they're still not see it cascade down to the local level.
“Local authorities will say that there is care in place to support people with dementia. This may include Dementia Advisors or the Prime Minister’s new initiative ‘Dementia Friends’. However, services are not joined up and in many places families are left in the dark about what services are available to them. That’s why Admiral Nursing is so unique as this specialist support bridges the health and social care system and guides families to the relevant support,be it financial or practical, that they require”.
Dementia UK is claiming that people with dementia and their family carers are missing out on vital care and support due to limited access to Admiral Nurses. Latest figures reveal that there are only 102 Admiral Nurses available to the estimated 800,000 people diagnosed with dementia in the UK
That means there's a 1 in 7,000 chance of having access to the service. In many London boroughs there are no local Admiral Nursing services at all - just nine of the city’s 33 boroughs are served by an Admiral Nurse.
Admiral Nurses are senior mental health nurses specialising in dementia who support families from diagnosis to end of life care. The charity says it faces a constant battle for funding which is exacerbated byuncertainty within the health system and unwillingness to invest innew services.
Visit timeforacuppa for information on how to help raise awareness and funds for Admiral Nurses.