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Dementia: Carers

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support is available to carers of those diagnosed with dementia. (253942)

The National Dementia Strategy, published in February 2009, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library, highlights the need to support carers of those diagnosed with dementia. We will do this by taking forward the Carers’ Strategy.

The Carers’ Strategy, “Carers at the heart of 21st century families and communities”, published in June 2008, recognises the increasingly important role that carers play in our society and acknowledges that all carers, including carers of those diagnosed with dementia, need more help and support than has been available in the past. A copy has already been placed in the Library. The strategy contains a number of commitments including information and advice, new break provision and a recognition that family carers should be involved in decisions about treatment and support.