placing thousands of people with dementia in Merseyside at risk
A quarter of a million people
with dementia are being let down by care and support that fails to
meet their needs an Alzheimer’s Society according to a report
released Tuesday, 25 January 2011. According to ‘Support.
Stay. Save. Care and support of people with dementia in their own
homes’, this substandard care will result in 50,000 people
being forced into care homes early. For each avoidable month people
with dementia spend in care, the state will face a bill of at least
£70million. Tens of thousands more will be admitted to hospital
In the North West and Lakes carers who said the person with dementia
was not receiving sufficient care and support (47%) spoke of people
being left bedridden, wearing unchanged incontinence pads and
malnourished. More than half (53%) of carers were also being put at
risk of stress, depression and other serious illnesses because they
were being left to struggle unsupported.
Nationally, there is clear evidence home care staff want to be
empowered with additional training and support to help them provide
quality dementia care and 72% said they appreciate people with
dementia have special needs. However only 10% said they think the
care people with dementia living at home receive meets all their
In the current environment of spending cuts, Alzheimer’s Society
predicts the situation is set to get much worse. The charity is now
calling on commissioners to think long term and invest in dementia
services and training to keep more people out of hospitals and care
homes and to save the NHS and councils from bankruptcy.
Helen Foster, Alzheimer’s Society North West Area Manager, said:-
"It is an absolute travesty that so many people with dementia are
being forced to struggle without the care and support they need. The
consequences of this represent an unacceptable human and financial
cost. Over 16,000* people with dementia live in the Merseyside
community and many will need help with everyday tasks such as eating
meals, washing or going to the toilet. This help not only maintains
dignity but prevents serious health issues. While staying at home is
not right for everyone we know many people want to remain in the
familiar surroundings they are used to with family or loved ones.
Only with the right support will this be possible."
Kevin Whately, Alzheimer’s Society ambassador and author of the
report’s foreword, said:- "I know from caring for my mum just
how much care and support people with dementia can need to help them
live a quality life in their own home. We were fortunate that we had
access to some excellent carers and the difference they made to my
mum’s life was immeasurable. It pains me to think that there are so
many people out there struggling alone. This is an unacceptable
situation that we can't let continue."
Support. Stay. Save. Care and support of people with dementia in
their own homes’, which is based on a national survey of 1,436
people with dementia and carers and 989 home care workers found:-
► 50% of people with dementia who live at home aren’t getting the
care and support they need.
► 1 in 10 carers said poor care resulted in the person with dementia
having an avoidable admission into hospital.
► 1 in 10 carers said poor care resulted in the person with dementia
going into residential care earlier than expected.
► 52% of carers said they weren’t receiving enough care and support
to help them fulfil their caring role. This has a negative impact on
their health and the health of the person with dementia.
► 83% of carers say living at home is very important to the person
► 44% of carers said the person with dementia was receiving enough
care and support. Around half of these people believed this had a
positive impact on symptoms of dementia and on carer health.
► Only 10% of home care workers think the care and support people
with dementia receive in their own homes meets all their needs.
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How to Age Healthily!
BY 2020 it is
likely that over 50% of the UK will be over 50 and life expectancy
of the population is continuing to increase.
At the next edition of SciBar in Liverpool Dr Kate Bennett, from
Liverpool University, will discuss how ageing impacts on health and
well-being, talk about healthy ageing and about the ways gender and
marital status influences health as people age.
SciBar offers an informal environment to discuss thoughts and ideas
and is regularly attended by 30 to 40 people.
Come along to SciBar on Tuesday, 1 February 2011, and find out more.
As always the audience will be welcome to give their own opinions
and ask questions. Remember there's no such thing as a silly
question at SciBar!
SciBar is literally science in a bar, or in this case the fabulous
Ship and Mitre pub. It is a regular event organised by The British
Science Association. At each SciBar an expert from a different
scientific field gives an introductory presentation on something
fascinating or topical about their work, and then the floor is open
to discussion, debate and questions, where the scientist will be on
hand to contribute information. No questions are considered silly
questions! There’s no need to be an expert, as SciBar is designed to
be informal and is aimed at those with no prior knowledge - just an
interest in science and the world around them.
When:- Tuesday, 1 February 2011, 7:30pm (and the first Tuesday of
Where:- Ship & Mitre (upstairs function room), 113 Dale Street,
Liverpool, L2 2JH
Cost:- Free admission
MUMS TAKE TO STREETS TO STOP CLOSURE OF SOUTHPORT SURESTART
march of mothers, with their children and babies was held on
Tuesday, 25 January 2011, against plans to close seven Surestart
children’s centres and three satellite bases in Sefton. "If
the plans went ahead, Southport would be left with only one centre
for children. Sefton Council are considering the decommissioning of
all phase 2 and 3 children’s centres across the borough. If
approved, this will include seven Sure Start children’s centres and
three satellite bases including Bishop David Shepherd, Hudson,
Farnborough, Freshfield, Holy Rosary, King’s Meadow, Parenting 2000,
The Grange, Thornton, Waterloo and Valewood." said Gemma
Brannan. The council are to discuss the plans to close Sure Start
centres at a meeting on Thursday, 27 January at 6.30pm. The protest
also had a petition being signed as well as testimonials and a
letter outlining the legal obligations the council has overlooked so
far being given out. A spokesman for the mums said:- "Sure
Start centres are good for the future health and well-being of the
children who rely on them. They provide advice and support to the
most vulnerable families in the community and help parents to access
support when they need it most. The current recommendations, which
will be presented at the meeting on Thursday will leave Southport
with a single children’s centre, despite government regulations
which state that the council must make arrangements for sufficient
children’s centres to meet local needs. We are waiting to hear how
Sefton Council will show that local children will not be badly
affected by these closures." Email us your views to our news
Southport Access For
meeting of the ‘Southport Access For Everyone’ forum
will be held at the Community Room of the Southport Fire Station at
the corner of Manchester Road and Lord Street, on Thursday, 27
January 2011 from 7.00 pm.
People who experience
access problems to the town's facilities because of a disability are
welcome to attend and discuss their problems.
The premises are
fully accessible for wheelchair users. Enquiries:- 01704 567046.