ADASS Spring Survey 2021 Report - Alzheimer's Society responds
The report says almost 75,000 disabled people, older people and carers are waiting for help with their care and support
The latest report by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services in England (ADASS), reveals that almost 75,000 disabled people, older people and carers are waiting for help with their care and support as social services struggle to cope with needs arising from the pandemic. People with dementia have been worst hit by the pandemic but decades of underfunding and neglect have made it difficult for people to access the support they need.
James White, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society said:
'While deeply upsetting, it’s sadly unsurprising to hear that many councils are struggling to meet demand as 75,000 people now wait for support. Worst hit by the pandemic, many people with dementia have seen their symptoms deteriorate significantly, with many now needing specialist care for the first time and others requiring additional care, and it has been incredibly tough on carers.
Care isn’t just a wash or being helped to eat – and far too often, overstretched and underpaid care workers are having to choose between the two.
'The right care and support is essential for the quality of life of vulnerable people with dementia and their families, enabling more precious time together. However, decades of underfunding and neglect have resulted in a broken care system where people struggle to receive the vital care they so desperately need.
'With long overdue reform expected this year, the time has come for the Government to honour their promise to rebuild the broken social care system with a concrete budgeted plan, including funding solution – giving every person with dementia the quality care they deserve.'