Patients with dementia are being admitted to hospitals at an increasing rate, often because of the lack of community care, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.
“The Alzheimer’s Society analysed hospital records covering emergency admissions in the six years to 2017-18. It found 379,000 cases where dementia had been recorded on admission – a rise of 100,000 since 2012-13”.
Of these dementia admissions, about 40,000 (roughly 10%) spent more than 28 days in hospital.
Triggle, N. (2019). Dementia patients being ‘dumped in hospital’. London: BBC Health News, January 22nd 2020.
This relates to:
Alzheimer’s Society analysis of NHS England’s Hospital Episode Statistics dataset 2012/13 to 2017/18. London: Alzheimer’s Society, January 22nd 2020.
Rapid Response Community Crisis Teams to Support Elderly at Home
NHS England is set to work proactively to reduce the problem using community crisis teams:
NHS pledges elderly rapid response community teams. London: BBC Health News, January 23rd 2020.
Funding of £14 million has been allocated to regional trials regarding rapid response teams in:
- Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.
- Norfolk and Suffolk.
- South East London.
- West Yorkshire.
“As well as guaranteeing rapid responses to crises, such as falls and minor infections, the aim is also to guarantee care packages within two days for hospital patients who are ready to be discharged from hospital”.
Reablement and rehabilitation support for people at risk of hospital admission, and for those discharged from hospital, includes:
- Making transfers out of hospital as smooth as possible
- Ensuring people can remain living in their own homes for as long as possible.
- Offering short-term support to people living at home.
Rapid NHS response teams to help people stay well at home. [Online]: NHS England, January 23rd 2020.