The Centres of Excellence are located at the University of Newcastle, University of Exeter and University College London and are the first three out of eight planned Centres of Excellence throughout the country. Each centre will be directly involved in ground breaking dementia care research, which is focused on ways to measure and improve quality of life for those diagnosed with dementia.
Key priority areas within dementia care research will be the focus of the Centres, over a period of five years - including areas such as access to post-diagnostic support, training for homecare workers and improved quality of life for both dementia sufferers and their home carers.
With 850 000 people living with dementia in the United Kingdom, the strain on the British economy to provide adequate care and funding of dementia treatment, home careand funding for research has become apparent. This pressure is alleviated somewhat by private investments and grants greater access to post-diagnostic support and care at home – allowing for empowerment of those suffering from dementia. This support will enable dementia sufferers to remain independent for longer, reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and minimise early entry into care homes.
The investment comes at a pivotal time in public awareness of dementia and the challenges of social care reform in the United Kingdom. With this worthy investment, there is room for increased development of the social care system.
The Alzheimer’s Society is the United Kingdom’s biggest contributor of charity towards dementia care research, contributing a third of its funding to this area. As part of the charity’s five-year plan, their research agenda will be driven by the knowledge and experience of those currently suffering with dementia, with the hope of improving their lives for the better.