Posted on October 15, 2014

Concerns raised over patchy dementia care

A review of care services carried out by the CQC reveals that dementia care in England is patchy. The Cracks in the Pathway report revealed that 90% of care homes have variable standards of care for dementia sufferers, with many people likely to come into contact with substandard services at some point. The report states that there is more good care available than bad; however, the variable standards mean that most people will be affected. The problems identified include substandard patient assessments, issues with pain management, and inadequate care plans. Failure to manage risks such as falls was also identified. The chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, Jeremy Hughes, stated that this report clearly shows the current state of dementia care, with many people concerned about care standards for their loved ones and care staff with little or no understanding of the condition. The charity estimates that the number of dementia sufferers in the UK will exceed one million by 2025 and that this number will double by 2051 if steps are not taken to combat the condition. The chief inspector of adult social care at the CQC, Andrea Sutcliffe, stated that the variable standards of care will have to change. There is plenty of guidance available on how to help those with dementia and the CQC aims to ensure that all hospitals and care facilities achieve high standards. Assessments of dementia care services are set to be strengthened and hospitals reports will in future include a section on dementia.
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