We are continuing to campaign vigorously for improvements in HSSD services for people with dementia; slowly but surely progress is being made.
There is still much to be done, however. There are gaps in the services that need to be filled - more respite, nursing and palliative care beds are needed and families need more home care support services so that people with dementia can remain at home for as long as possible.
Work has now begun on a Dementia Strategy for Jersey - something which Health and Social Services adopted in principle in October 2009. The Strategy sets out how help for people with dementia and their carers can be transformed over an agreed period.
Key themes of a Dementia Strategy include:-
a) Improving public and professional awareness
b) Timely diagnosis and intervention
c) Improving quality of care
The cost of caring for people with dementia is increasing dramatically and by 2030 the number of people with dementia in Jersey will be double what it is today. Much of the care costs are borne by families.