1. The problem
With few treatments available for people living with dementia and no cure in sight, social care is the majority of care people will get after a dementia diagnosis. It means basic support to eat, wash, dress and take their medication. For most people, this kind of quality care is actually the only form of treatment they have available.
People with dementia are the largest users of social care: 70% of care home places are occupied by people with dementia, and 60% of people receiving homecare have dementia.
This means that social care is undeniably a dementia issue. When we are talking about social care, we are essentially talking about dementia care.
The common problems within health and care that we are tackling with our sustained Fix Dementia Care campaign around delayed hospital discharge, emergency admissions, and unmet needs, are all symptomatic of a chronic underfunding of the health and social care system.
This is the root problem we need to fix.
Alzheimer’s Society has heard of pensioners having to borrow money for food as their pension was going to top up their wife's care, as the Local Authority could not meet the cost. And these are people below the means test threshold, who should be entitled to support,
In addition, individuals above the means test threshold with more than £23,250 in assets, because they might own a house, are paying hundreds of thousands of pounds and there is no limit to how much you might have to pay for care. Unfortunately their bills are even higher, as they are cross-subsidising the under-funded Local Authority (LA) care home residents, as the LAs can’t meet the cost.