Posted on 13/03/2013

UK Struggling to Look After Those with Dementia

UK Struggling to Look After Those with Dementia

Care Quality Commission highlights dementia care failings

According to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and care system in the United Kingdom is “struggling” to look after people with dementia. The regulator stated that both hospitals and care homes were failing in a number of key areas. Patients with dementia in hospitals faced longer stays and re-admissions, while care homes were simply not doing enough to keep patients well.

The conclusions were announced by the CQC after it reviewed more than 20,000 inspections it had carried out as well as looking at existing data. It found that in 78 out of 151 local NHS areas, those suffering from dementia living in care homes were more likely to end up in hospital for unavoidable reasons than those who were free from the disease.

In 96% of hospital trusts, those with dementia were admitted for longer than those without the condition, and in 85%, those with dementia were “significantly more likely” to die in hospital than those without.

As a result, the CQC has called for “better identification of dementia”. It also highlighted the needs for comprehensive training for staff as the report discovered that almost a third of hospital admissions for those suffering from dementia had no record of their illness, even though it had been previously identified by medical professionals.

Chief executive of the CQC, David Behan, said “the people in charge of care homes and hospitals must work better, individually and together to ensure the right services are in place”.

On average, one in three people over 65 years old will develop dementia in their lifetime and it is estimated that there are currently 800,000 people at the moment suffering from the condition. With people living longer, that figure is rising constantly and experts believe that it could reach in excess of 1 million over the next decade.

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