There are currently over 12,000 people living with dementia in Norfolk alone, and over 18,000 are predicted to be living with the disease by 2021 per a report from the Alzheimer’s Society. Commissioners are being asked to think long term and invest in services and training for dementia. This is to keep from bankrupting the NHS and councils with the high cost for services.
The report sites many concerns with service and those will increase due to spending cuts. Many patients have had to move into hospitals and care facilities against their wants. There needs to be training for home care workers and the correct care available for dementia patients.
In the East Anglia area there are 60,000 with dementia and 90,000 are predicted to be diagnosed by 2021. The Alzheimer Report says Norfolk has the second highest rate of dementia out of nine areas in the east region.
The report is based on a national survey of close to 1,500 people and close to 1,000 care workers. It says that care and support fails to meet the needs of over 250,000 people in the country with dementia, thereby letting them down.
There have been reports of people left bedridden, malnourished and with unchanged incontinence pads. Some 50,000 will be forced to care homes early, says the report, due to substandard care. Tens of thousands will be unnecessarily admitted to hospitals.
Kevin Whately, actor and Alzheimer’s Society ambassador, wrote that dementia patients need quality care to lead a quality life in their own home. We cannot let this situation to continue.
To turn the spotlight on home care for those with dementia, says Care Services Minister Paul Burstow is the correct thing to do. Spending better is much more important than spending more. Personalised service can be achieved with early diagnosis and proper planning.