Warning over dementia support

More than one in ten people living with dementia in Wales have to go into care 'too early', the Alzheimer's Society warns. It says people aren't necessarily aware of the support that's available, or don't seek help early enough.

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Charity warns of lack of support for dementia sufferers

Thousands of dementia sufferers in Wales are going into care homes too early according to the Alzheimer's Society. It says this is often due to a lack of support and knowledge of the services that are available.

The charity is hoping that better publicity of what help is out there will keep people in their own homes for longer. Our Correspondent Joanna Simpson went to meet a couple from Cardiff who would like to do exactly that.

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TV's Richard McCourt gives advice on dementia support

Richard McCourt is an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society Credit: Richard Stonehouse/PA Archive

"I'm so pleased my mother was able to be cared for at home but it was only possible with help from dedicated services" says TV presenter Richard McCourt - best known as one half of 'Dick and Dom'.

"If you or a loved one have recently received a diagnosis or just don't know where to turn, I urge you to find your local service and read the Alzheimer's Society's top tips on living with dementia at home."

Alzheimer's charity: 'one in ten taken into care too early'

More than one in ten people living with dementia in Wales have to go into care when they could still be cared for at home, the Alzheimer's Society warns.

It says people aren't necessarily aware of the support that's available, or don't seek help early enough.

Home means something special to all of us. Many people living with dementia have been forced to leave their safe-havens which is unacceptable.

By seeking support early, people living with dementia may avoid reaching a crisis point unnecessarily which results in them moving in to long term care

– Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer's Society

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