Action needed to improve dementia care

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (Tuesday, 29 March 2011) 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

Notes to editors

  • One in three people over 65 will die with dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 750,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In just 15 years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051
  • Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them
  • Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Alzheimer’s Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting
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