The dementia promise

The following actions are from the Alzheimer’s Society’s General election manifesto 2015. If elected on May 7th I hope I can help make these actions a reality.

These 12 actions from the next government will improve the lives of people with dementia:

  1. Commit to increase diagnosis to at least 75% everywhere by 2017
  2. Ensure a streamlined diagnosis process to cut waiting times
  3. Ensure everyone with dementia has access to a dementia adviser
  4. Ensure everyone has the right to a carer assessment and guaranteed support
  5. Regulate that home care visits should be no less than 30 minutes
  6. Fund an annual national dementia awareness campaign
  7. Commit to all health and care settings being dementia friendly
  8. Ensure all service providers and care workers in dementia care have protected dementia training time
  9. Demonstrate leadership in creating a dementia friendly society with a commitment that all national and local government employees become Dementia Friends
  10. Double the spend on dementia research, focusing on risk reduction and improving care as well as cure
  11. Ensure every person with dementia has the same state support in managing their condition as people with cancer
  12. Develop and publish a national plan, jointly owned by government and key delivery stakeholders, to raise the ambition for people with dementia
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