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Major changes need to be made in the way dementia services are planned and commissioned in Wales. That's according to a report from the Care and Social Service Inspectorate Wales. It found 'significant gaps' in what are called early intervention services. Carole Green reports.
Alzheimer's Society in Wales says there needs to be a 'step change' in the way dementia services are commissioned in Wales. Sue Phelps, the charity's director, says preventative services can be a "lifeline" for people with dementia and their carers.
The CSSIW review into dementia care took place between July 2013 and January this year. As part of the review, the inspectorate visited five local authorities to look at how well services for people with dementia and their carers was being commissioned.
The report found:
- significant gaps in the planning and provision of prevention and early intervention services
- the commissioning of preventative services from the third sector is ad hoc
- a need for greater focus on the quality of care and people's quality of life when monitoring service contracts.
Major changes need to be made in the way dementia services are planned and commissioned in Wales, according to a report from the Care and Social Service Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).
The report found that there are 'significant gaps' in the planning and provision of early intervention services and there is a need for 'greater focus' on the quality of care provided by local authorities and health boards.