SCIE media statement
Black and minority ethnic people: access to dementia support and services
14 March 2011
Barriers to dementia care services currently faced by BME people are discussed in a new research briefing from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
As the number of older BME people in the UK is increasing, inevitably they are likely to have a greater need for dementia services. The SCIE briefing responds to this, looking at some of the ways local services can become better at providing for the needs of BME people with dementia.
The key messages from the briefing include:
- BME groups are under-represented in dementia services, partly because of awareness levels and the existence of stigma
- staff can improve the uptake of services, for instance by appointing workers with responsibility for outreach
- staff working in dementia services would like more training on how to give culturally acceptable care and support to BME people with dementia
- carers of BME people with dementia may feel reluctant to ask for help, although support in the form of carers’ groups and respite services may be appreciated
David Walden, Director of Adult Services at SCIE, says: “Our population is ageing, and this means that more people are going to need access to dementia services. BME people are generally under-represented in dementia services, and the SCIE briefing explores some of the barriers they may be facing to improve services.”
Estimates of the number of people currently living with dementia in the UK range from around 684,000to 822,000.Among these, it is thought that approximately 15,000 are from a minority ethnic group
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