Nottinghamshire County Council pledge over £1 million for dementia care

Nottinghamshire County Council cuts

The County Council will spend over £1 million of funding in Nottinghamshire on care for adults with dementia and other mental health problems.

The number of weekly referrals to council social care workers regarding dementia and other mental health problems, rose by 125 percent since last year.

Councillors agreed that more funding is needed at the council’s social care committee meeting.

We’ve invested a further £1 million to expand our Deprivation of Liberty assessment team to address the increase in demand for this service.

Councillor Muriel Weisz, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health committee.

The money will be spent on increasing the number of staff who can assess what sort of care people need and whether they have the capability to choose it for themselves.

If the sufferer is unable to decide if they want the treatment then they will have a representative to decide for them, as stated in the 2014 Care Act.

Tom Dening, Professor of Dementia Research at the University of Nottingham, insists that further funding is still needed.

He said: “Dementia has been under-resourced and it will become more prevalent as the population is increasing and getting older.

Getting people to spot disease early is also very important. People who are in the early stages can assess things and consider their future.

Tom Dening, Professor of Dementia Research at the University of Nottingham

Families of dementia sufferers in the area should see a higher volume of staff on hand to provide more care for their loved ones.

Professor Dening said: “Hopefully if they can employ more people, then more sufferers can live at home, while giving the families the help they need.”

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