Care and Support Alliance demands Government action - Alzheimer's Society comments

Posted On: 
9th May 2018

A survey by the Care and Support Alliance of nearly 4,000 people who need care or look after someone who does reveals the damning reality of a care system that is visibly failing and unfit for purpose. 

The survey revealed, because of a lack of care: 

  • 1 in 5 felt unsafe moving around their own home, and 4 in 10 can’t leave it.
  • 1 in 5 said they’ve gone without meals.
  • 1 in 4 said they’ve needed hospital treatment and 1 in 8 told us they’ve been delayed leaving hospital because of not being able to get the care they need.
  • Over a quarter have been unable to maintain basics like washing, dressing, visiting the toilet.
  • Over 1 in 7 (16%) have had care packages reduced, even though their needs have increased or stayed the same.
  • Over 1 in 5 have not been able to work.

Sally Copley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Alzheimer's Society, commented:

“Once again, the disturbing findings of this investigation confirm that decades of squeezed Government funding has a human price.

“Our helpline is inundated by people with dementia and their families in crisis, from someone forced to choose between a hot meal and wash during a homecare visit, to a woman left with rotten food in the fridge, and unwashed for days at a time, and another who became incontinent because there weren’t enough staff to support her to go to the toilet

“Seven in 10 people in care homes, and almost two-thirds of people who get home care have dementia – the deepening social care crisis is a dementia crisis.  With one person developing dementia every three minutes in the UK, we need the Government’s focus on creating a social care system capable of looking after every single person with dementia who needs it, now and in the future.”