November 2012 Special Fund for Dementia Care

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced dedicated funding to create care environments for people with dementia that help reduce anxiety and distress, and help people feel safe.

Up to £50 million will be available to NHS trusts and local authorities, working in partnership with care providers, to help tailor hospitals and care homes to the needs of people with dementia.  The care providers involved will need to sign up to the Dementia Care and Support Compact, which commits them to providing first rate care and support for people with dementia and their families.
Organisations that bid successfully for money will be able to adapt care homes and hospitals.  Specially designed rooms and spaces could include features such as:

Hi-tech sensory rooms using lighting, smells and sound to stimulate people’s senses

Large photos of local scenes from the past to prompt people’s memories

Specially adapted outside space to prevent people from wandering, by helping them keep busy and active with activities such as gardening

Technology such as day/night clocks and controllable mood lighting to emulate day and night, which can help with sleep patterns, orientation and safe movement

Every project will involve people with dementia, their families and carers, to make sure the designs meet their needs.
The criteria for applying for funding and the deadline for receipt of applications will be announced shortly.  The successful projects will begin from April 2013.

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