The Department of Health have introduced a new national Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) goal for dementia care. The aim of the dementia goal is to identify patients with dementia so they get the appropriate care and follow up when they leave hospital.
When you are admitted our hospitals the doctor will ask you or your family, friend or carer a specific question relating to your memory.
" Has the person been more forgetful in the past 12 months to the extent
that is has significantly affected their daily life?"
If the answer to this question is "yes" then the doctor will carry out an assessment
Both are progressive, long-term conditions affecting the same group (older people, although 8% people of people with dementia are under the age of 65 (Alzheimer’s Society 2013). As people in the UK are living longer, this means these conditions will become an increasing problem. By 2021, the number of people with dementia is predicted to rise to over 1 million (Alzheimer’s Society, 2012), and the number of people with diabetes to rise to 5 million by 2025 (Diabetes UK, 2012).