Parliamentary group calls for dementia care improvements

Posted on 12 July 2011

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia is challenging the NHS to reduce hospital beds by at least ten per cent, which could have an impact on older people who are choosing a care home.

Additionally, the group wants to see £1 billion made available for community-based dementia services, as set out in its report 'The £20 billion question'.

According to the report, services like outreach teams, respite services and better care at home would reduce the number of older people who need to stay in hospital.

Baroness Sally Greengross, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, said the disease is set to cost the UK £28 billion by 2018.

"Money is consistently being thrown away on poor quality services and inappropriate care for people with dementia ... Our report shows there are many ways to save money and improve care now," she said.

Recently, a poll by the Alzheimer's Society found that dementia is one of the most joked-about conditions in the UK.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

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