Hospice nets £7,500 boost to help dementia sufferers

PUBLISHED: 11:08 24 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 25 August 2010

A HOSPICE has received a £7,500 cash injection to help people with dementia.

A HOSPICE has received a £7,500 cash injection to help people with dementia.

Greenwich & Bexley Cottage Hospice in Abbey Wood received the money to pilot a scheme to help Bexley dementia patients get better access to services.

Recent reports and research has highlighted shortcomings in the provision of dementia services in the UK.

Hospice nurse manager, Maaike Vandeweghe, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant, which will help us to try a model to better support people with dementia from Bexley, as well as their friends and families.

"The project aims to increase awareness of the end of life care needs of dementia patients. More dementia patients should have access to specialist palliative care and be cared for in the place and manner of their choosing. The hospice hopes to build closer partnerships with other dementia services and raise levels of satisfaction for sufferers and their carers."

The money has been awarded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and managed by Help the Hospices - the leading charity supporting hospice care throughout the UK. There are currently 700,000 people in the UK with dementia with an estimated cost of £17 billion a year and, in the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia in the UK will double to 1.4 million, with care costs trebling to over £50 billion a year.

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