Improving Services and Support for People with Dementia
HC 228, Sixth Report of Session 2007-08 – Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons – Committee of Public Accounts
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
Dementia is a term for a range of progressive, terminal organic brain diseases. It affects about 560,000 people in England and costs the economy some £14 billion a year. 'Improving Services and Support for People with Dementia (HC 228)' follows on from a July 2007 report by the National Audit Office ('Improving Services and Support for People with Dementia (HC 604)' - ISBN 0102945616, available below) and examines the prevalence and costs of dementia, diagnosis and early intervention, access to and quality of support services, and experiences of people with dementia in hospital and care homes.
Conclusions and recommendations include:
Dementia has not been an NHS priority, though following the National Audit Office report the Department of Health is developing a National Dementia Strategy.
There is no single individual with responsibility or accountability for improving dementia services.
Between a half and two-thirds of people with dementia never receive a formal diagnosis.
There is poor awareness amongst the public and some professionals of dementia.
People with dementia and their carers should be given a single health or social care professional contact point to improve the coordination of their care service.
Between half and two-thirds of all carers do not receive the carer's assessment to which they are entitled.
62% of care home residents are currently estimated to have dementia but less than 28% of care home places are registered to provide specialist dementia care.
Hospital care for people with dementia is often not well managed, increasing the risk of longer hospital stays, admission to a care home, and a deterioration in the patient's health.
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