Aid for dementia sufferers in Wrexham

Published date: 10 April 2014 |
Published by: Jonathan Grieve
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PLANS to give dementia sufferers tracking devices have been backed by councillors.

About 100 elderly people who suffer with the illness across Wrexham are to be given mobile care phones with a small GPS tracking unit, designed to give families peace of mind and knowledge about where they may be.

The scheme has been made possible after Wrexham Council made a successful bid for £1.2 million of Welsh Government money from the Intermediate Care Fund.

The local authority submitted a bid for funding to help create the scheme and fund other health initiatives, including improved care co-ordination between different public services, and improved levels of step-down and step-up care for those people not unwell enough to occupy hospital beds, but not well enough to be caring for themselves at home.

At a Wrexham Council executive board meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted unanimously to approve recommendations supporting the proposals.

Cllr David Griffiths, lead member for health and adult social care, said the funding would help the council in reducing the number of unnecessary hospital admissions.

He added the proposals placed an emphasis on closer working relationships with partner agencies providing services for vulnerable people.

Cllr Griffiths also detailed a proposal to buy 15 convalescence beds for use in the county which would allow the transfer of care for people from hospital to home to be managed better.

The recommendations also state the executive board should use the Intermediate Care Fund to develop better, more integrated health and social care services for older people.

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