Provision for Derry dementia sufferers is ‘inadequate’ - MLA

Maeve McLaughlin MLA (fourth from left) pictured during a visit to Seymour Gardens residential home.
Maeve McLaughlin MLA (fourth from left) pictured during a visit to Seymour Gardens residential home.
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More needs to be done to support dementia care in Derry, according Sinn Fein MLA Maeve McLaughlin.

Ms. McLaughlin spoke to the Journal during a visit to Seymour Gardens residential home in the Waterside and warned that if the issue goes unaddressed Derry will be ill prepared for an ever increasing aging population.

Maeve McLaughlin MLA. (0404MM10)

Maeve McLaughlin MLA. (0404MM10)

“Having met with the Seymour Gardens staff and having been accompanied on my visit by Alan Corry-Finn (Executive director of nursing and Director of Primary care and of older people’s service Western Trust) I have come to realise that the current provision in this city of 26 residential beds for dementia sufferers and one respite bed for families is totally inadequate.

“Furthermore, given that we are faced with an ever increasing aging population, that will see those aged over 65 increase by 25% and those aged over 85 increase by 50% by 2020 and we must address this shortage of provision now otherwise we we will be faced with major problems in the future,” she said.