Alzheimer's patients forced into homes by inadequate support

People with Alzheimer's disease are being forced into care homes early due to inadequate care in the community, a report has found.

Research published by the Alzheimer’s Society surveyed 1,484 Alzheimer’s patients and their carers.

The survey suggests that around 50,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease are admitted to long term care facilities for preventable reasons. This costs the NHS and local authorities over £70m each month. The research highlights that these costs could be reduced by improving the care these people receive at home.

Of carers and people with dementia who responded to the questionnaire, 83% said that ‘being able to live in their own home was very important to the person with dementia’.

The report calls for people with dementia and their carers to have access to a range of different types of services and a personalised support plan in place to enable appropriate care. Currently only 10% of carers feel that the care and support people with dementia receive in their own homes meets all their needs.

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