An article in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry covers an attempt to determine:
- The average cost per person of living with dementia, in England based on 2015 data.
- The annual total societal costs of dementia in England, in 2015.
The authors’ abstract states:
“There are around 690 000 people with dementia in England, of whom 565 000 receive unpaid care or community care or live in a care home. Total annual cost of dementia in England is estimated to be £24.2 billion in 2015, of which 42% (£10.1 billion) is attributable to unpaid care. Social care costs (£10.2 billion) are three times larger than health care costs (£3.8 billion). £6.2 billion of the total social care costs are met by users themselves and their families, with £4.0 billion (39.4%) funded by government. Total annual costs of mild, moderate, and severe dementia are £3.2 billion, £6.9 billion, and £14.1 billion, respectively. Average costs of mild, moderate, and severe dementia are £24 400, £27 450, and £46 050, respectively, per person per year.”. p.1.
Wittenberg, R. Knapp, M. Hu, B. [et al] (2019). The costs of dementia in England. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. April 5th 2019. [Epub ahead of print].
The Dementia Penalty
The cost of dementia care is estimated to be up to 15% more expensive than other types of social care; a burden which the Alzheimer’s Society has termed the “Dementia Penalty”. The Alzheimer’s Society is campaigning for a £2.4 billion Dementia Fund to be introduced in the 2019 budget to help address the Dementia Penalty.
Fix Dementia Care. [Online]: Alzheimer’s Society, 2019.
This relates to:
Fix Dementia Care: the case for the Dementia Fund. London: Alzheimer’s Society, May 2019.