York care home workers are to receive special training to help them spot early dementia signs among their residents.
The programme is being run by City of York Council with the Vale of York NHS clinical commissioning group (CCG) and charity Dementia Forward, The Press reports.
City of York Council executive member for health councillor Carol Runciman said: “We know that early dementia diagnosis can make it easier for the individual and their family and carers to get the right help and support as soon as possible and help them live with the condition.
“We hope that this pilot will further improve diagnosis rates in York, supporting our aim to make York a Dementia Friendly City.”
The project is being trialled for 12 months in eight care homes across the city. Under the programme care home workers are being trained to use a Dementia Forward screening tool to assess their residents.
Residents thought to have dementia can be offered information and advice and care home staff offered resources from the Alzheimer’s Society.
With early results showing a sharp increase in diagnosis rates, the scheme is set to be rolled out to public and private care homes across the city.
York currently fails to meet national targets for the early diagnosis of dementia. There are an estimated 2,700 people in the city living with dementia with concerns that many do not receive the support they need.
Previously, people with signs of dementia have had to go to a GP or a hospital before they could be diagnosed.