New report reveals 8,000 people live with dementia in Northamptonshire but more are staying at home rather than hospital

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The number of dementia patients in Northamptonshire is set to double to 16,000 in the next 15 years, according to research by the county council.

The figures were revealed to mark Dementia Awareness Week. The report also shows that 57 percent of dementia patients were discharged back to their own home compared with 11 percent in 2013.

Northamptonshire County Council said the majority of people with dementia wanted to continue living at home and a new iniative with NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had allowed more people to do so.

The council revealed it had also paid £223,000 to fund eight beds for patients ready to leave hospital but not yet ready to return home.

A spokesman said: “A further £410,000 was provided by the Better Care Fund – a health and social care partnership fund – to enhance staffing levels and improve the community team.

“Other partners involved in the initiative include Olympus Care Services, Northampton Healthcare Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital and Lingswood Medical Practice,” he added.

Councillor Suresh Patel, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “This new project has delivered real results for people living with dementia, enabling more patients to return to the familiar surroundings of their own home rather than having to go into a care home.

“Dementia is set to affect an increasing number of us in our older years and it is fantastic to see that this partnership approach is making a difference to those with the condition.”

Geraldine McMurdie, commissioning manager for dementia at NHS Nene CCG, said: “Dementia is a common condition that affects about 8,000 people in Northamptonshire.

“Early diagnosis is important. Our Older Persons Mental Health Pathways project with the County Council has focused on the person’s potential and has successfully engaged and involved family members to enable their relatives to continue living in their own homes.

“Life doesn’t end when dementia begins. As the population ages, we all face the risk of one day developing dementia but with the right support people with the condition can continue to live at home.”

For more information about the events planned as part of Dementia Awareness Week, please visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/whatson.

Anyone interested in getting a free health check should visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/healthchecks to check if they are eligible or contact their GP surgery for more information.