Tens of thousands of vulnerable elderly people with dementia will end their lives 'isolated and alone' due to a rapidly growing shortage of care home places, a leading charity has warned.
The Alzheimer's Society predicts the gulf between demand and supply for care home beds in England will reach 30,000 by 2022.
By 2035, it estimates the gap will be 100,000 — equivalent to the population of a city the size of Lincoln.
Society chief Jeremy Hughes accused Ministers of ignoring a looming disaster.
'The crisis will be evident in every community, even in the smallest village,' he said.
Rejected: Michael Mitchell, 71, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2010, was turned away by ten homes
'But the scale of the challenge is not being recognised. Unless we sort this problem out, vulnerable people with dementia are going to left isolated and alone in the last years of their lives.'
He described the idea that family carers would step in to help as 'flawed' because research shows the pool of middle-aged carers is shrinking.
The Government has pushed back to autumn the publication of a long-awaited Green Paper outlining how