Support. Stay. Save. Care and support of people with dementia in their own homes – Alzheimer’s Society – January 2011

Posted on January 28, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Support. Stay. Save. Care and support of people with dementia in their own homes – Alzheimer’s Society – January 2011

“There are 750,000 people with dementia living in the UK and two thirds of people with dementia live in the community. Alzheimer’s Society’s Support. Stay. Save. report reveals many people with dementia and carers receive insufficient support and care at home. Part of the Society’s ongoing putting care right campaign, Support. Stay. Save presents findings from over 2,400 people with dementia, carers and home care workers.

What are the headline findings of the report?

Support. Stay. Save found that people with dementia and carers greatly value living in their own home and being able to play a part in the community and want services to enable them to meet these aspirations. However, many are not receiving sufficient support and care for this to be a reality.

Half of those who responded to Alzheimer’s Society survey said that people with dementia and their carers living at home do not receive adequate support to meet their needs. This lack of support not only leads to admission to hospital and early entry into care homes, but also risks leaving hundreds of thousands of unpaid carers at risk of stress, depression and other serious illnesses.

Separate analysis on Support. Stay. Save suggests that as many as 50,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK may end up going into care homes early because of insufficient support in the community. For each month these people can be supported at home, rather than in care, the state will save £70 million in care home bills.”  … continues

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