Les Amis is planning to open the Island’s first elderly and complex needs nursing care unit for islanders with a learning disability. Jersey dementia nursing facilities are currently full, and the island faces an increasing older population. Jersey has very limited capacity in long-term care for adults with complex needs; these individuals are often delayed in hospital because there is no appropriate long-term care for them in the island.
Les Amis’ new unit will provide long-term residential accommodation to adults with learning disabilities who have nursing needs, complex health needs or dementia. Les Amis’ highly trained staff, alongside registered nurses, will provide 24-hour care. Les Amis are currently fundraising to build, furnish and equip the Complex Needs Unit. The unit will include en-suite bedrooms, a sensory room, an atrium and garden and will be suitable for high-dependency end-of-life care.
We know that around 1,600 people are currently living with a form of dementia in Jersey, but probably only half of them have received a diagnosis. We also know that the number of people with dementia is likely to double in the next 20 years.
If we consider that people with learning disabilities are five times more likely to suffer dementia related illnesses and conditions much earlier in their lives than the general population, the above statistics are very worrying for Les Amis’ residents and the island in general. Therefore, the new unit is not just desirable, but essential.