Dementia sufferers in Wexford expected to treble

By Esther Hayden

Published 22/09/2015 | 00:00

The number of people living with dementia in Wexford is expected to treble by 2041.

Currently an estimated 1,524 people in Co. Wexford are affected by the condition. Based on the national projections, this figure will rise to 4,572 by 2041.

A leading dementia care professional claims Ireland is not properly equipped to care for the rising number of people with dementia. Jackie O'Toole, who heads up the national dementia training programme at Person Centred Healthcare Training (PCHT), says the shortage of specialist nurses is compromising the standard of care provided.'

Ms O'Toole says there should be an introduction of a combined General and Gerontological qualification on the University Nursing degree programme. It should be a priority to include a specialist nursing qualification. It would ensure that each newly qualified nurse would have a basic certification in the area.'

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