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Better dementia campaign

01/06/2009

Reforms to the way care is delivered across the health and social care sector - to improve care for dementia patients - are on the agenda for a meeting of key care organisations and watchdogs tomorrow.

Public Health Minister Shona Robison will chair the meeting with the Mental Welfare Commission, Scottish Care, the Care Commission and COSLA.

It was arranged urgently by the Scottish Government following last week's Mental Welfare Commission and Care Commission report Remember I'm still me which identified a number of improvements to be made for caring for elderly people with dementia in some of Scotland's care homes.

Before chairing the meeting, Ms Robison will speak at an Alzheimer Scotland conference in Edinburgh to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

Ms Robison said:

"Scotland's older people deserve the best possible care. Both they and their families must have faith in the quality of care provided in care homes.

"The report published last week cast doubt on the standard of care, especially in some care homes, and raised worrying issues about how the National Care Standards are applied in practice.

"I have called this meeting to discuss all the issues as a matter of urgency and to ensure care for older people is based on individual needs.

"For the first time, Scotland is also now going to have its own national dementia strategy. This will ensure, that, for those elderly people with dementia, they receive the care they need and deserve, whether in a care home or their own home."

Ranald Mair, Chief Executive at Scottish Care, said:

"Scottish Care welcomes the Minister's initiative in convening an early meeting to discuss a joined up approach for getting it right for older people with dementia."

Over the summer a wide-ranging consultation will gather the views of people with dementia and all those involved in their care about what should be included in a national dementia strategy for Scotland. Recommendations from a specialist Dementia Forum - including the Mental Welfare Commission, Alzheimer Scotland, the Care Commission, Age Concern and Help the Aged - will also help shape the strategy, which will be published before the end of the year.