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Thursday, 28th February 2013

UK: Low expectations: Attitudes on choice, care and community for people with dementia in care homes

Source: Alzheimer's Society (UK)

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Analysis of recent studies suggests that in excess of 80% of residents living in care homes have dementia or significant memory problems. Providing care to people with dementia must be the primary concern and focus of the care home sector.

Across all those responding to our surveys, there were low expectations about the quality of life of people with dementia in care homes. More needs to be done to raise expectations about quality of life in care homes. Of UK adults responding to our YouGov poll, 70% said they would feel scared about moving into a care home in the future. Only 41% of family members responding to our survey thought the quality of life of the person with dementia was good, with over a quarter (28%) saying it was poor.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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