'Forgotten' sufferers of dementia

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MORE than half of people with dementia in the region are not receiving enough care at home, according to a new report.

A survey by the Alzheimer's Society found 51 per cent of carers in the Yorkshire and Humber region spoke of dementia patients being left bedridden, wearing unchanged incontinence pads and malnourished.

The report, which looked at support of people with dementia in their own homes, also found 55 per cent of carers felt they were being put a risk of stress and depression because of a lack of support.

The charity said the "substandard care" will result in 50,000 people nationally being forced into care homes early, costing 70m for each avoidable month people with dementia spend in care.

Charity bosses are calling on commissioners to invest in dementia services and training to keep more people out of hospitals and care homes and to save the NHS and councils from bankruptcy.

Nicki Dyson, Alzheimer's Society Yorkshire and Humber area manager, said: "It is an absolute travesty that so many people with dementia are being forced to struggle without the care and support they need. The consequences of this represnt an unacceptable human and financial cost.

"Half a million people with dementia live in the community and many will need help with everyday tasks such as eating meals, washing or going to the toilet.

"This help not only maintains dignity but prevents serious health issues. While staying at home is not right for everyone we know many people want to remain in the familiar surroundings they are used to with family or loved ones. Only with the right support will this be possible."

Do you have any issue with the care of people with dementia? Email: Yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk or comment below.