Dementia in Rossendale
Rossendale is a borough district of Lancashire and has a population around 70,000. The district includes the larger towns of Bacup, Haslingden and Rawtenstall; plus the villages of Crawshawbooth, Edenfield, Helmshore, Waterfoot, Whitworth; and as well as Britannia, Chatterton, Cloughfold, Cowpe, Irwell Vale, Loveclough, Newchurch, Shawforth, Stacksteads, Stubbins, Turn, Water, Whitewell Bottom and Weir.
Current Dementia position in Rossendale
The current prevalence of dementia in Rossendale using the latest available data from Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicates that there are about 850 registered patients with a dementia diagnosis in Rossendale. It is important to note that there will be Rossendale residents registered with non-Rossendale practices and vice-versa.
There is a national target for all health authorities to reach a level of 67% of diagnosing people living with dementia, and East Lancashire CCG has achieved this figure and is working to close the gap further. As a result, it can be confidently estimated there are around 1100 people living with dementia in Rossendale. This estimate also takes into account the resultant gap of 33% (which is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society report 2014 regarding the gap and shortfall of the true figure of people living with the disease within any community region.)
Also in this consideration is the assertion the disease will impact families, friends and carers significantly to the extent that those directly affected by dementia in Rossendale may be at least double / triple the estimated figure. In many cases, whole families and circles of friends are affected by one person’s need for care and support.
Dementia in Rossendale – the statistics
Dementia is no respecter of age; gender; social orientation; class or any other differentiator. It is currently irreversible and on the rise, estimating on current predictions, by 17% in 2020. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Society report of 2014 validates this further and longer, suggesting that the rise will be double in the next 30 years across the country as a whole.
So based on what we have through baseline surveys and reports already mentioned and our estimated figure of 1100 people living with dementia in Rossendale we can set out a community profile of now and make predictions for the future. These are based on national averages and current forecasts.
This data seeks to underline the growing issue facing all of society and the challenge for all communities to support and help both those living with dementia and their carers. This document nor this data set intends to draw any political inference from the represented outcomes. It is a fact that our Primary Care services, wider health and social care sectors face many conflicting priorities and operational decisions both now and for the future, and as dementia concerns grow this will only add to the pressures faced by managers and practitioners alike. The community in all its diversity and with a kaleidoscope of skills and interests, can offer practical help in a way the health and social care services can’t nor should be expected to do so. This is the challenge for dementia friendly communities.