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80% of care home residents suffer dementia

26th February 2013

A charity said 80% of the 400,000 care home residents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland could be suffering from dementia.

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According to the Alzheimer's Society, an estimate showed over 320,000 people in care homes could have dementia or "severe memory problems".

Alzheimer's Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: "Society has such low expectation of care homes that people are settling for average."

"Throughout our lives we demand the best for ourselves and our children. Why do we expect less for our parents? We need government and care homes to work together to lift up expectations so people know they have the right to demand the best."

The charity said the estimate showed an almost 30% rise on previous figures due to improved data collection and the increase in the ageing population. 

They carried out a survey of 2,000 people which found 70% would be frightened about going into a care home.

Two thirds of respondents said not enough was being done to deal with abuse and less than half (41%) of families said they thought their relatives' "quality of life was good". 

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