Report documents discrimination against dementia


Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

When “free nursing care” was introduced in October 2001 for people paying for their own nursing home care in England, the Alzheimer¹s Society said it was “unfair and unworkable”. More than one year on, and after detailed consultation with carers of people with dementia, the society has prepared a report which, it says, contains conclusive evidence that government policy is actively failing people with dementia. The report ­ Is free nursing care unfair and unworkable? ­ draws upon the experiences of carers of people with dementia over the past twelve months, and says the evidence suggests that people with dementia are experiencing five main problems: – People with dementia, a physical disease of the brain, are paying for their health care. “My husband is in a nursing home, the full fees are £500 a week. I am trying to work out what our financial position might be. I am trying to plan for a period of, say, 10 years. We are both aged 74.” ­ carer. – People with dementia are still not receiving the “free nur





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