Nearly a quarter of the UK’s dementia care homes are failing, with many patients neglected and left at risk in ‘toxic’ environment, new report shows
- 22 per cent of dementia-patient care homes are classed as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ in new figures
- Relatives to patients at Northamptonshire home have come in every day to help
- One nurse in Lincolnshire told watchdog she had to use Google for advice as she had not been properly trained
- You can help send a message: Sign our petition change.org/dementiacare
The appalling treatment of dementia patients in care homes is today laid bare in official inspection reports.
Figures reveal that specialist dementia homes are almost twice as likely as ordinary care homes to be given a substandard rating by watchdogs.
Currently, 22 per cent of homes which accommodate dementia patients are classed as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission. This compares with 12 per cent for non-dementia English care homes.
Relatives at a care home in Northamptonshire resorted to coming in each day to feed their loved ones – as well as other residents – as staff did not have the time.
Dementia care homes tend to perform worse than ordinary nursing homes because the needs of their patients are much greater. If organisations are understaffed or workers not properly trained, residents can be neglected (stock photo)
One nurse at a home in Lincolnshire told the watchdog she was using Google for advice on looking after patients as she had not been properly trained. Some patients were at severe risk of dehydration and malnutrition.
The Daily Mail uncovered the harrowing examples of poor care in an analysis of inspection reports on the CQC’s website. The Alzheimer’s Society described the findings as ‘heartbreaking’.
The shocking disclosures come after the Mail launched a major campaign to end the neglect of dementia patients.
Our petition is calling for the Government to immediately set up a cross-party group to examine all options for funding dementia care – including pension contributions, tax breaks for social care payments or a new care insurance scheme.
Patrick Moore, 98, passed away having spent his final days in a wrangle with social services as he tried to get his dementia-stricken wife Audrey, 88, into a care home
And it calls for an NHS ‘dementia fund’ to help families pay the extra cost of supporting those affected by dementia compared to other conditions. There are approximately 676,000 patients with dementia in England, of whom 180,000 are in care homes.
In Newcastle, the CQC found immobile patients were effectively imprisoned in a home because there were no wheelchairs to take them outside. Even the manager of the organisation admitted they were ‘deprived of their liberty’.
Care workers at another home were noted as being ‘monosyllabic’ when patients tried to make conversation and some struggled to speak English. Many residents and families told inspectors that staff did not have time to chat as they were always so busy.
Sally Copley, of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘These findings are heartbreaking. But they don’t come as a surprise – we’ve heard so many similar stories from families affected by dementia … Too often care homes are operating in a toxic environment, without enough funding. How many more tragic stories of vulnerable people robbed of their dignity will it take before the Government steps in?’
Relatives at a care home in Northamptonshire resorted to coming in each day to feed their loved ones – as well as other residents – as staff did not have the time (stock photo)
Dementia care homes tend to perform worse than ordinary nursing homes because the needs of their patients are much greater. If organisations are understaffed or workers not properly trained, residents can be neglected.
Kate Terroni, of the CQC, said: ‘It is a basic human right for people to be treated with dignity and respect and to feel safe. Where we find this isn’t happening we will take robust action.’
The average lifetime cost of care for someone with dementia is £100,000 although many end up paying this in a single year.
A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘We set up the CQC to carry out tough inspections and shut down poor quality homes. We can now prosecute directors if care falls below standard.’
D-Day hero dies after battle to help his wife
The D-Day hero who collapsed with worry over the council care of his dementia-stricken wife has died.
Patrick Moore, 98, passed away having spent his final days in a wrangle with social services as he tried to get Audrey, 88, into a care home.
But Mr Moore, who attended last month’s D-Day commemoration in Normandy, died knowing he had won his final battle because his wife of 56 years was ‘reassessed’ by Kent social workers after the Mail highlighted the case.
She will now be looked after in a nursing home.
It was Mr Moore’s dying wish that his wife be cared for, after he could no longer be there for her.
‘I believe Pat understood that he had achieved his aim,’ said his friend retired Major Graham Merrett.
Patrick Moore, 98, passed away having spent his final days in a wrangle with social services as he tried to get Audrey, 88, into a care home