Monday 18 December 2017
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Action needed to improve dementia care

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its second annual report on the state of health care and adult social care in England.

The report found that care home provision for people with dementia was generally improving and quality of care provided by councils had improved. However, some councils were struggling to provide further options for independent living and community based services.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'Two thirds of people in care homes have dementia. It is therefore reassuring to hear that care home provision and quality is improving in some areas. Unfortunately, we know this isn't happening everywhere and good general care does not always equate to good dementia care.

'We also know that home is where the heart is and where many people with dementia want to stay. Yet as this report suggests, a lack of community services could be forcing some people into care homes earlier than they would want. With spending cuts beginning to take force it is essential we think long term and invest now in cost-effective, good quality care both in the community and in care homes.'

Louise Lakey
Policy Manager
Alzheimer's Society