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The ‘dementia tax’: £22,00 a year

September, 2014 alz

 

If suffering from dementia wasn’t enough of a struggle, patients are also forced to spend £22,000 a year on healthcare costs, according to new research.

The Alzheimer’s Society found that private individuals are shouldering roughly two thirds of the cost of dementia healthcare.

A summary of the report stated :

• Dementia is most common in older people. One in 14 people over 65 has

dementia and one in six over 80 has dementia.

• 700,000 people in the UK have dementia (575,000 in England) and this will

rise to over 1 million by 2025.

• At least 15,000 people under 65 have a form of dementia.

• Dementia is particularly common in the last year of life, meaning that if

someone lives beyond 65 there is a one in three chance that they will die

with dementia.

• Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community, one third in care

homes.

• In care homes two thirds of people have dementia.

• Services available for people with dementia are limited and vary significantly

by geographic area.

• Only between one third and a half of people with dementia receive a formal

diagnosis.

• A series of reports have found poor quality of care in care homes, people’s

own homes and in hospitals.

• Care for people with dementia in England is means tested at home and in

care homes. People from all socio-economic groups are now hit by charging

for care.

• Charges hit people with dementia hardest because:

a) Care is most expensive in care homes and two thirds of people in care

homes have dementia.

b) Most dementia care comes from social services which is means tested.

c) People can need care for extended periods.

d) End-of-life care for dementia often takes place in a care home rather than

a hospice or hospital.

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