Recent figures published by the Scottish Government have revealed that half of all residents in Scotland’s care homes have dementia.
The figures point to an overall increase in the condition due to a long term trend in people living longer and better diagnosis.
The numbers of short stay and respite care residents also increased from 750 in 2007 to over 1080 in 2012 – and increase of 44%.
Health Secretary Alex Neil said:
“The increase in figures of people with dementia are an example of the challenges faced by the health service as more people are living longer.
“That’s why I am committed to our dementia strategy, which puts in place high standards of care that ensure quality support for people with the condition, including in care homes.
“By 2013 I want to make sure that all people newly diagnosed with dementia receive at least a year of person-centred post-diagnostic support, provided by a named person.
“I am pleased to see an increase in temporary and respite stays – this is a key part of our policy on supporting carers and helping more people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.”