Equality, Diversity in Dementia Care

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EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN DEMENTIA CARE PRACTICE 1.1 It is important to recognise and respect an individuals heritage because it is someones past history. Every individual is different and special, their heritage contains their life experiences and cultures and makes them who they are. Using the person centred approach, we find out about their character, likes and dislikes while giving person centred approaches in their care. We need to appreciate their way of life and how its been this way for a long time. They are happy and comfortable with it, so we must consider this when undertaking their care. 1.2 There are over 17000 younger people with dementia in the UK - however, this number is likely to be an underestimate and the true figures maybe up to three times higher. Data on the numbers of young onset cases are based on referrals to services, which significantly underestimates the numbers because not all of those with early onset dementia seek help early in the disease course (alzheimers.org.uk). There are often long delays in younger people with dementia receiving a diagnosis, improved diagnostic services would help people get access to treatment more quickly and easily. It is important that younger people with dementia get access to a range of services to address their particular needs. There is a lack of specialised services to the under 65s, the services must be need-based not based on age. In general younger people with dementia are more likely to be at work at the time of diagnosis, have dependent children and heavy financial commitments such as paying a mortgage. They are also more likely to have a rarer form of dementia with which professionals are less familiar and find it harder to access appropriate information and support. Once diagnosed, young onset dementia sufferers may find it difficult to access
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