The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has concluded that the health and social care system in England is struggling to cater for the needs of people with dementia. It has found that both hospitals and care homes have been failing under the pressure from rising numbers of cases as people are living longer. Dementia patients in 96% of hospital trusts are more likely to have a longer length of stay. Dementia patients are more likely be readmitted to hospital, and in 85% of trusts people with dementia are significantly more likely to die in hospital than patients without dementia.
The CQC found that people with dementia in 78 of 151 local NHS areas who live in care homes are more likely to be admitted to hospital for avoidable reasons than people without the condition.
The CQC acknowledges recent progress, but wants systems to cater for better identification of dementia, improved communication during care transitions, and comprehensive dementia awareness and training for staff.
Triggle, N. (2013). Health and care system ‘struggling with dementia’. London: BBC News, March 12th 2013.
This relates to:
CQC Care Update: Issue 2. Newcastle upon Tyne: Care Quality Commission, March 12th 2013.
There is also an easy read version, and an online summary with the following sections:
- Care Update (Issue 2).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].