It's clear that the standard of care being provided to those suffering with dementia in some cases is substandard. Social services and the NHS clearly struggle to achieve joined up thinking for those needing care and the cost of paying for the services can sometimes fall to the patient when it should be funded elsewhere. What can we do as a society to make sure that the most vulnerable of us a well cared for?
An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has uncovered that almost half* of care home managers feel the NHS isn’t providing residents with dementia adequate and timely access to vital services like physiotherapy, continence and mental health services. This has led to instances where people have been left bed-bound, incontinent and sedated because the health service is too slow in responding to their needs.