To coincide with the launch of the government’s new Mental Health Strategy, the Alzheimer’s Society has released a new report in which it is claimed that more than half of dementia sufferers in the UK are being let down by care services.
The report, entitled Support, Stay, Save, Care and Support of People with Dementia, presented the findings of a survey which included 2,400 dementia sufferers, home care workers and carers. Of this sample group, it was revealed that 50 per cent of respondents said that the dementia sufferer was not receiving enough care and support for their needs.
In addition, 52 per cent of those surveyed said that the carer was not getting enough support to help them do their job properly. This was shown to have impacted the carers mental and physical well-being, as well as having a negative effect on patient care.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s report focused on the large proportion of dementia sufferers who greatly value being able to receive care and support in their homes, but found that home care workers desired more dementia training in order to be able to make this a reality.