Care homes turning away people with advanced dementia

Dementia Perception

 

People living with advanced dementia are being turned away from some care homes, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Chief executive Jeremy Hughes told the Mail on Sunday the Alzheimer’s Society was receiving regular calls from worried families unable to find care for their relatives or finding that they are being evicted when their condition deteriorates.

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Jeremy said: “Families phone us up and say, “What do we do? We’ve been told that our mum, dad or sister needs to move into a care home. But we can’t find a care home to take them.’ ”

“Increasingly, we’re hearing of care homes having to ‘cherry-pick’ people who are easier to support because they don’t get enough money from local authorities to cover the cost of specialist dementia care.”

The Mail on Sunday said some care homes were refusing to take residents with advanced dementia back if they had been to hospital, with the NHS having to pick up the bill for their care at a daily cost of £300.

Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association, representing small and medium care providers, said: “Providers aim to give the best care they can so they will do that by only taking residents whose needs can be easily met by the staff and the funding envelope.”

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