33% do not offer employees support for dementia

Mike Blake

A third (33%) of respondents state that their employer does not offer any additional help or support for staff with dementia, according to research by PMI Health Group.

Its survey of 1,197 British employees aged between 18 and 64 years old, also found that 7% of respondents either have or work with someone with dementia.

In addition, more than half (54%) of these respondents have received no education or training on dementia from their employer.

Mike Blake (pictured), director at PMI Health Group, part of Willis Towers Watson, said: “Employees can be affected as both sufferers and carers but [organisations] can make a difference by introducing clear policies on how they can provide support and improve staff awareness.

“By establishing an inclusive, dementia-friendly, working environment, [organisations] can give carers and employees with dementia the opportunity to continue playing an active and important role in the workplace. Furthermore, those diagnosed with the condition would be more likely to report it to their employer and seek support.

“Measures can include early intervention from occupational health professionals and the inclusion of information about dementia, and local support services, in staff newsletters and noticeboards.”