MID Devon care homes could scoop a share of a £11.2million investment which aims to develop up to ten centres of excellence for people with dementia.
Devon County Council says around 600 residential places are needed to care specifically for people with dementia, and its plans will provide about 300 places towards that target.
Cllr Stuart Barker, the council's cabinet member responsible for social care, said the independent sector could help make up the shortfall.
He said: “So many people are already experiencing care difficulties associated with dementia, and demand for support is growing.
“That’s why the investment we’re announcing today to re-develop some of our homes as centres of excellence for dementia, and refurbish others, is critical in meeting people’s needs.
“We’re investing in the future to make sure there’s provision when it’s needed.
“Our intention is for the centres of excellence to be more than just residential care homes.
“We would want them to include other non-residential services for people with dementia and their carers who may still be living in their own homes.”
Forecasts predict that the number of people in Devon aged over 65 with dementia will rise from nearly 13,000 in 2011 to over 23,000 in 2030 – an increase of almost 80%.
The council has not yet decided which of the county’s 23 residential homes are to be re-developed and says it will depend on where there is most demand for dementia- specific support and the level of relevant independent sector provision there is in those areas.
Sourced from This Is The West Country, 18th March 2012.