This week Jon Cruddas MP signed up to the Dementia Action Alliance’s Carers Call to Action.

At least 670,000 people in England have dementia and this number is set to double in the next 30 years. It is estimated that at least 550,000 people act as primary carers to those suffering from Dementia. Caring for a loved one with dementia is one of life’s hardest challenges. Despite their numbers and needs, carers tend to become isolated and if support is given, it is often provided late.

In times of austerity it is important to note that carers save the UK economy £7 billion a year. British carers deserve a better deal.

Dementia Action Alliance believe there needs to be radical change to improve the life’s of carers. There are rapid increases in the numbers of people living with dementia and those that care for them mean that current models of support are unsustainable. New commissioning structures and an agenda to increase integration and localisation of services provide new opportunities to deliver better, more cost-effective support services. There is also mounting research that demonstrates the value of supporting carers both to the person with dementia and to the efficient use of scarce public resources.

Jon Cruddas MP has written to the Health and Wellbeing Boards in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and the London Borough of Havering which cover his constituency of Dagenham and Rainham. Jon Cruddas MP has asked them to sign up to Dementia Action’s 5 aims for a shared vision of commitment toward, Carers of People with Dementia:

·         Have recognition of the unique experience of caring for someone with dementia.

·         Are recognised as essential partners in care – valuing their knowledge and the support they provide to enable the person with dementia to live well.

·         Have access to expertise in dementia care for personalised information, advice, support and co-ordination of care for the person with dementia.

·         Have assessment and support to identify the on-going and changing needs to maintain their own health and well – being.

·         Have confidence that they are able to access good quality care, support and respite services that are flexible, culturally appropriate, timely and provided by skilled staff for both the carer and the person for whom they care.

Jon Cruddas MP said: “Dementia is a terrible condition that affects millions of people in the UK; both those suffering from the condition as well as the family and loved ones caring for that person. Dementia needs to be higher up on the political agenda. I have written to the Health and Well Being Boards of both councils that cover my constituency to raise this issue and support carers locally. When I meet carers in my constituency I am in awe of their dedication to their loved ones. We should be doing a lot more to help and assist them. I would advise everyone to take a moment to sign up to this call to action.”

If you would like to sign up to Dementia Action Alliance’s Carers Call to Action, please follow this link www.dementiaaction.org.uk/carerssignup