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Towards inclusiveness in dementia services for black and minoritised communities in the UK

Anya Ahmed (Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Lorna Chesterton (Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Matthew J. Ford (Department of Policy, Research and Information, Social Care Institute for Excellence, London, UK)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 25 January 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is twofold: to explore the existing evidence around dementia services and interrogate the overarching UK policy development relating to service inclusion of black and minoritised groups. The paper will go on to identify the implications for the dementia wellness pathway and make recommendations regarding how services can be more inclusive.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper examines the policy/practice landscape around dementia care provision and observes if lessons can be learnt to improve health outcomes for people living with dementia from black and minoritised communities.

Findings

A review of dementia policy demonstrates how opportunities to improve the awareness, diagnosis and post-diagnostic support for minoritised communities are being missed. The outcomes of this mean that individuals are denied vital treatment and support, which could enhance quality of life and delay the progression of dementia.

Practical implications

The authors’ premise is that not meeting the dementia support needs of less-heard communities has negative financial as well as social and health-related outcomes and has wider resonance and implications for all stages of the dementia wellness pathway. Moreover, there is a legal responsibility for public services to provide culturally sensitive, responsive, appropriate and available care, to all people, without discrimination.

Originality/value

This paper offers a valuable review of policy and practice around dementia care in the UK and makes recommendations to improve health outcomes for people living with dementia from black and minoritised communities.

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Citation

Ahmed, A., Chesterton, L. and Ford, M.J. (2024), "Towards inclusiveness in dementia services for black and minoritised communities in the UK", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-03-2023-0007

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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