MP makes poignant plea for better dementia care

DWYFOR Meirionnydd MP Liz Saville Roberts made a poignant call to end the “isolation and separation” of people with dementia in nursing homes and hospitals.

During the Prime Minister’s Questions, Plaid Cymru leader in Westminster, whose mother was diagnosed with dementia just before Christmas, called on UK governments to honor their commitments to John’s campaign principles.

This means recognizing the basic principle that people with dementia disabilities should be seen as having a special need for person-centered care, and therefore comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 to conduct individual assessments. persons with disabilities and reasonable adjustments to meet those needs. .

Ms Saville Roberts called on the Prime Minister to recognize that “the human rights of people with disabilities, the sick and the elderly are not a fair-weather luxury, and that everyone with dementia, wherever they live, has the right to receive the care of a family member. . “

Speaking in the House of Commons, Ms. Saville Roberts said: “My mother, Dr. Nancy Saville, was diagnosed with dementia just before Christmas.

“I was called to sit with her in the hospital on Monday due to the Covid staff shortage, but I’m concerned that we – like so many of our constituents in similar circumstances – are likely to be separated indefinitely when she will be transferred to an EMI retirement home.

“John’s Campaign has campaigned successfully in every country in the UK for people with dementia disabilities to have a special need for person-centered care under the Equality Act 2010. But in reality there is still many nursing homes and hospitals where even the smallest visits can be refused – leading to isolation and separation, which causes irreversible damage to well-being.

“Does he agree with me that the human rights of people with disabilities, the sick and the elderly are not a luxury of good weather, and that everyone with dementia, wherever they live, has the right to to receive the care of a family member? “

Speaking after the session, Ms Saville Roberts said: ‘I welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to John’s campaign – but under his government in England, just like under our current government in Wales, basic human rights of people with dementia are unfortunately ignored.

“The Welsh Government has put in place a respectable policy text with our Dementia Action Plan for Wales 2018-2022.

“But there is a yawning chasm between what he describes and the reality of what is happening in our hospitals and care homes, in Wales and England.”

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