With over one million people in the UK expected to develop dementia by 2025, it would appear that the country could be on the brink of a health and social care crisis.
An aging population demands a greater provision of adequate housing and care facilities for older adults, which Britain is currently lacking.
Currently 750,000 people are living with dementia in the country, with approximately two-thirds living in the community. However, how to support patients and give them independence is "under-researched".
This is the opinion of Sally-Marie Bamford, assistant director of research strategy at ILC-UK, writing in the Guardian.
Making homes "dementia-friendly" and ensuring that people have access to the level of care they need is essential to securing a sustainable health and social care policy for the future, which won't overwhelm primary services.
What's more, home care is a relatively cheap alternative to residential homes in certain situations, estimated at £91 per week compared to approximately £500.
Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.