Tens of thousands of dementia patients are denied proper care, report reveals 

Thousands of people with dementia are being denied vital care because councils fail to meet basic legal standards, a damning report has revealed.

Last year more than half of dementia patients in England were not granted their legal right to a review to check they were receiving enough support, it found.

Some are left without food for days because they are not offered extra social care as their condition deteriorates.

The figures also showed that a quarter of people with dementia had an unplanned review – often caused by an emergency that could have been avoided had adequate care been in place [File photo]

The figures also showed that a quarter of people with dementia had an unplanned review – often caused by an emergency that could have been avoided had adequate care been in place [File photo]

The report by Healthwatch England warned that tens of thousands of vulnerable patients ‘slip through cracks in the care system’ and that it had reached ‘breaking point’.

It found that councils routinely failed to uphold the Care Act 2014, which states they must re-assess the social care needs of dementia patients at least once a year. 

Last year only 45 per cent of dementia patients received a planned annual review of their care needs. The failure to re-assess their needs means they may be denied essential extra support, such as being moved to a care home.

It is vital to regularly review the care of dementia patients because the condition can deteriorate rapidly, meaning people struggle to carry out routine tasks such as making food or going to the lavatory.

Thousands of people with dementia are being denied vital care because councils fail to meet basic legal standards, a damning report has revealed. Last year more than half of dementia patients in England were not granted their legal right to a review to check they were receiving enough support, it found [File photo]

Thousands of people with dementia are being denied vital care because councils fail to meet basic legal standards, a damning report has revealed. Last year more than half of dementia patients in England were not granted their legal right to a review to check they were receiving enough support, it found [File photo]

Healthwatch England, a statutory body set up to defend patients’ rights, made the 45 per cent finding after obtaining data from two-thirds of England’s local authorities, which are responsible for the long-term social care of 91,000 dementia patients.

The figures also showed that a quarter of people with dementia had an unplanned review – often caused by an emergency that could have been avoided had adequate care been in place.

The report, published today, said the social care system was ‘not responsive to people’s needs or changes in their condition’.

It warned that family members were increasingly having to ‘sacrifice their own health’ to plug the gaps in the social care system by acting as carers.

An estimated 850,000 people in the UK have dementia but the number is predicted to soar to two million by 2050.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said inadequate care had devastating consequences, and people were being ‘left in soiled sheets or left for days without food’. 

He continued: ‘It’s downright appalling that more than half of people with dementia didn’t get a care package review last year.

As carer I get just 3 hours’ sleep a day

When David Walker’s wife of 40 years was diagnosed with dementia in 2013, he prepared to devote his life to caring for her

When David Walker’s wife of 40 years was diagnosed with dementia in 2013, he prepared to devote his life to caring for her

When David Walker’s wife of 40 years was diagnosed with dementia in 2013, he

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