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AROUND 50,000 DEMENTIA PATIENTS WILL MOVE INTO CARE EARLY
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:36 pm 
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Around 50,000 dementia patients will move into care homes early because of inadequate support in their own homes, experts have warned.

A study compiled by the Alzheimer's Society shows that the majority of people would rather live in the community than move into care, but there is not enough support for them to complete tasks such as washing, dressing and shopping.

Average weekly costs for care home accommodation are around £559 per week, but the research shows that thousands of people are being put into hospital or care homes when they could stay at home instead. Anchor's Care in your home service recognises the desire of many people to retain their independence and stay in their own home, offering individually-tailored support and companionship.

Anchor's Dementia Specialist Lifestyle Manager, Victoria Metcalfe said: "It's often hard for people to know what to do if a relative develops dementia. If they do, it's easy to focus on the symptoms instead of the person.

"When someone finds that their cognitive abilities are declining they often feel vulnerable and insecure, so it is very important to help the person feel confident and valued and encourage them to achieve even small things for themselves."

For every "avoidable" month spent in care homes by these dementia patients, the state shoulders a bill of an estimated £70 million, the report revealed. Overall there are 750,000 people living with dementia in Britain, with 500,000 staying in their own homes and the rest living in care homes.

For the study, the charity received responses from almost 1,400 carers of people with dementia and 48 people living with the condition. Another 989 care home workers also provided information to the charity.

The results showed that 83% of carers thought being able to live in their own home was very important to the person with dementia. However, 50% reported that the dementia patient was not receiving sufficient support and care to meet their needs. This can lead to early admission to long-term care and avoidable in-patient stays in hospital.

The report said: "Current hospital and long-term care costs resulting from dementia are unsustainable and represent a significant opportunity for resources to be used more effectively while achieving better outcomes."

www.anchor.org.uk


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Re: AROUND 50,000 DEMENTIA PATIENTS WILL MOVE INTO CARE EARLY
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:54 pm 
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What's your opinion on all this, David?


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