THE coronavirus pandemic and the response to it, has had an impact on the health and wellbeing of people in Wales. This has often been felt most acutely by the most vulnerable members of society, including those people living with dementia and their families.
This statement updates Members about the work the Welsh Government has undertaken to understand the challenges faced by people with dementia and ensure we respond to them.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Dementia Care COVID-19 partnership forum, led by Improvement Cymru, has offered a regular opportunity to identify challenges and develop solutions. The Dementia Oversight of Implementation and Impact Group (DOIIG) has also been re-established to provide further support to shaping the approach to recovery.
We have supported health boards, local authorities and the third sector to continue to provide support to all those receiving dementia services. This includes the release of the Integrated Care Fund monies allocated to Regional Partnership Board (RPBs) to support the implementation of the 2018-22 Dementia Action Plan for Wales. Where individuals are struggling, support is also available t