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Panorama on abuse of person with dementia: Alzheimer's Society comment

Published 23 April 2012

Today (Monday 23 April), Panorama will broadcast a report on the abuse of a person with dementia in a care home in Kentish Town, London.

The report is based around footage filmed on a hidden camera which shows a staff member striking a woman with Alzheimer's. Her daughter, concerned that she was being mistreated at Ash Court care home, hid the camera in her mother's room. The staff member has since been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'Any case of abuse against a person with dementia is absolutely appalling. The most vulnerable people in our society should be treated with respect and dignity.

Our care system in the UK is broken and underfunded. In this context, it is not surprising that there is sometimes inadequate support and abuse. We need to have a debate on how to ensure appropriate care is in place for people with conditions such as dementia. We also need a regulatory system in place focused on supporting care homes to actively improve standards.'

Jeremy Hughes
Chief Executive
Alzheimer's Society