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Dementia

Dementia presents one of the biggest challenges to health and social care

By 2025 it is expected that more than 1 million people will be living with dementia in the UK. On these pages you will find guidance and resources that support the RCN's commitment to improving care for patients with dementia and their carers.

850k

Number of people with dementia in the UK

£26 billion Cost of dementia in the UK 

Understanding dementia

If you support patients with dementia it is important to have an understanding of the condition and the impact it can have on a patient and their family. Learn more about the condition here. 

Current work

Find out what we are doing to meet our commitment to improve care for people with dementia.

RCN delirium champions

Are you interested in helping train staff to spot the signs of delirium? Find out how to become a Delirium Champion and make a real difference to patient care. 

This project is supported by My Improvement Network.

Care home journey v2

Care home journey

The Care Home Journey is specifically designed to support nursing care in older peoples care homes. It is the first time the RCN has provided bespoke web pages for nurses working in this area of the independent sector and the content has been reviewed by current experts.

View the resource.

30 days wild

The Wildlife Trusts - 30 Days Wild

This June, thousands of people are taking part in 30 Days Wild, The Wildlife Trusts’ month long nature challenge. And this year hundreds of care homes are getting involved too! The challenge is simple: Can your care home residents do something wild every day for 30 days in June? From learning something new about nature to eating a meal outdoors, there's something simple that everyone can do to bring nature into their lives. You can sign up here.