Dame Barbara Windsor, who sadly suffers from dementia, and her husband Scott Mitchell have presented an Alzheimer’s Society’s open letter, signed by more than 100,000 people calling on the Prime Minister to sort out the devastating state of dementia care with immediate investment in an ‘NHS Dementia Fund’ and to prioritise the long term reform of the social care system.
60% of people using home care and 70% of people in care homes have dementia; the biggest health and care challenge facing us today, yet the care system is broken, completely ill-equipped to support the hundreds of thousands of people who need it.
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For people with dementia, getting access to good quality care is often difficult if not impossible. People with dementia can spend at least £100,000 on their care which is 15% more expensive than standard social care, just because they were unlucky enough to get dementia and not some other disease.
The NHS is haemorrhaging an avoidable £570 million each year due to inadequate care in the community leaving people with dementia vulnerable, ending up in hospital with avoidable infections, or stuck on wards unable to return home due to the lack of support at home.
Article extracted from the Alzheimer’s Society 2nd September 2019.
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