In its first national dementia strategy, the Scottish government says a person's health needs should be met by health services in the community to ensure dementia patients are not subjected to ‘unnecessary admissions' to hospital.
The strategy said: ‘Being in hospital can cause stress and anxiety for anyone; for a person with dementia whose ability to reason and remember is impaired it is particularly difficult and can significantly impact on their ability to function.'
The Scottish government said it aims to ‘transform dementia services' by developing common standards of care.
It said a framework will be developed to ensure all staff who provide care and support for dementia patients are skilled and knowledgeable about the illness.
The Scottish government also promised to work improve the level of diagnosis of dementia and reduce the use of psychoactive drugs in managing the illness.
Public health minister Shona Robinson said: ‘The dementia strategy sets out plans to develop our first-ever national standards of care for people with dementia, ensuring they not only receive the best clinical care but are also treated with respect and dignity.
‘It also sets out how we plan to make staff in health and social care better at identifying people who have dementia, ensuring they get the best, most appropriate care.'
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Ross Finnie said: ‘Publication of this strategy must result in real action from the government and make sure that action speaks louder than words.'