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Poor dementia care in hospitals is 'major problem'

Poor dementia care in hospitals is 'major problem'
17th November 2009

People with dementia are staying longer in hospital than those without the condition who are in for the same treatment, according to new research.

The report, released by the Alzheimer's Society today (November 17th), polled 2,400 people on hospital wards to reveal large, costly variations in the quality of care for people with dementia, with those who have the disease occupying a quarter of all hospital beds.

It was concluded that poor hospital care had a negative impact on dementia and physical health meaning that most individuals with dementia are leaving hospital in a worse condition than when they arrived, while a further third enter a care home and are unable to return home.

Neil Hunt, the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, explained that at least £80 million a year could be saved if individuals with dementia are given the chance to leave hospital one week earlier.

He continued: "Hospitals must commit to reducing the length of stay if we are to stop people with dementia deteriorating in hospital and lessen the chance of people being discharged to a care home."

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Reading and Wokingham branches of the Alzheimer's Society will be holding coffee mornings on November 28th to improve awareness and funding.

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