William Eichler 17 November 2016

Third of homecare workers have no dementia training

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One in three homecare workers have no dementia training and are leaving people in soiled clothes, surviving without hot meals and even missing vital medication, according to a health charity.

The Alzheimer’s Society has called on the Government to fix what it describes as a ‘broken homecare system’ by setting minimum dementia training standards for all homecare workers.

There are currently 400,000 people living with dementia in England who are relying on homecare workers.

However, an investigation by the Society found people affected by dementia reported being left terrified at home in soiled clothes, surviving without hot meals and even missing vital medication.

The Alzheimer’s Society has started a petition calling on Whitehall to remedy this. As well as minimum dementia training standards, they urged the Government to set up well funded dementia training programmes for all homecare workers in their boroughs.

They also called for thorough inspections of the quality and impact of dementia training being provided and the creation of a dedicated Dementia Lead.

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