The Alzheimer’s Society charity has warned last week about the rising admissions to A&E departments for people with dementia due to ‘threadbare’ social care system. An investigation they undertook has discovered tens of thousands of people with dementia each year are being taken to A&E because of inadequate social care leaving them unprotected from falls and infections.

There were over 50,000 avoidable emergency admissions for people with dementia last year, a 70% increase over last five years that tally’s with cuts in social care funding. Also 1 in 5 paramedics report seeing the situation every single day, describing it as ‘soul destroying’ and ‘utterly depressing’.

PDF: Report ‘Dementia – the true cost: Fixing the care crisis’

  

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