�1million dementia fund boost from Tipton care home company

THE healthcare company which owns Tipton St John s Angela Court care home has launched a �1million fund to help provide nursing care to dementia sufferers.

THE healthcare company which owns Tipton St John's Angela Court care home has launched a �1million fund to help provide nursing care to dementia sufferers.

PSP Care Centre operations director Wayne Shermon said: "We recognise that the costs of nursing care can be very high and often cause additional stress for families and supporters. We have therefore set up a special fund which can be used to subsidise the cost of providing nursing care."

Angela Court is registered for 37 residents and provides dementia nursing care.

The average cost of providing nursing care for an elderly resident with dementia is around �700 per week, said Mr Shermon. However, he added Devon County Council currently only pays a maximum of �533 per week to those in need of financial assistance.

More than 700,000 people are estimated to be suffering from dementia in the UK, a figure which is expected to treble in the next decade.

The estimated cost of treating and caring for dementia sufferers is �17billion a year - more than the cost of heart disease, stroke and cancer combined.

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Applications for cash subsidies will be completed by Angela Court nurse manager Emma Seal. Decisions on any handouts will then be made by a funding committee.