As a response to the UK health department’s effort to develop policies that will respond effectively to dementia as the number of cases grow, Gordon Brown has proposed the Care Service for England scheme. The scheme intends to give the elderly with serious needs, free care from their homes. However, it has been pointed out that the scheme would help people only in the later stages.
Instead of simply offering services to the elderly in their own homes, dementia suffers would benefit from support groups. Such as the one that exists in Redbridge, Essex.
A weekly support group based in Redbridge was started by the local council in order to provide solace, companionship and fun for those caring for or suffering from dementia.
The support group helps the families to cope with difficult daily circumstances such as when it is acceptable to tell the truth. Member of the Redbridge group and daughter of her 86 year old mother who has suffered with dementia for the past three years explained how her mother used to become inconsolable when told that her parents has died some time ago. Because she asks about them almost everyday her family now lies to her because they don’t see the point in frequently distressing her.
Some members of the Monday Club were caring for partners or family who have since died but are still included in activities and an important source of help and information for more recent members. It is this sort of support network and advice that dementia sufferers and carers truly benefit from.