Dementia training amongst care homes and care workers in the Nottinghamshire region is set to get a boost, after Nottinghamshire County Council announced a new investment of £350,000 in dementia-related care training.
The local authority has recognised that dementia is set to be a growing challenge in the region in the coming years, as the number of people living with the syndrome in Nottinghamshire is predicted to rise from 9,700 to 15,000 by the year 2025.
To cope with the needs of dementia sufferers in the area now and in the years to come, the council has invested £350,000 to fund a new dementia training programme for care home staff and home carers. So far, a total of 28 care homes have signed up to take part.
Councillor Kevin Rostance, who is the chairman of the council’s adult social care and health committee, said:
“The council is committed to driving up standards of care in the county and dementia is a particular challenge locally and nationally.”
During the training, participants will develop an understanding of the effects of dementia on a person, as well as learning how to recognise and respond to the needs of dementia sufferers. There will also be specific training offered to care home managers in order to develop and maintain effective dementia working practices in their care homes.