People with dementia face 15% higher social care costs than others, a report suggests.
The Alzheimer’s Society report is calling for a new £2.4bn Dementia Fund and has received backing from 68 cross party MPs after an open letter was delivered to Matt Hancock.
The letter addresses the social care system struggles and the need for urgent investment into services and support for people with dementia in absence of the long-awaited social care green paper.
Typically, people with dementia spend £100,000 on their care – a sum which the charity claims would take 125 years to save for.
People with dementia often end up in A&E with dehydration, an infection, or due to a fall. If they are unable to return home, they can wait up to a year in hospital for a care home place. A quarter of hospital beds are taken up by people with dementia.
The charity argues that the Dementia Fund would benefit the NHS in the long term, meaning fewer people living with dementia are forced to go to A&E at crisis point, and ensuring better support is in place to enable people living with dementia to leave hospital as soon as they are well enough.
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said social care is in a desperate state and in urgent need of a complete overhaul.
“Decades of underfunding have left people with dementia struggling with a system that is unfair and unsustainable. The injustice of people battling to get care, on top of battling the devastating effects of dementia can’t go on,” he argued.