Trafford woman one of many dissatisfied with dementia care

A Trafford woman has elaborated on her experience of having a father with dementia after recent figures showed that 31 per cent of families felt that care visits to dementia sufferers living at home were too short.

Estimates suggest that this may mean that as many as 8,000 carers across the country feel the need to monitor visits from professionals due to fears of poor education.

A woman from Trafford has told how inadequate support from professionals made her pay privately for her father’s care.

Victoria Herd said: “It should not be up to the people who take care of someone with dementia to have to pay for the proper, necessary care, but what can you do?

“You can not let the person you love and who raised you suffer like that.”

Mrs Herd said the initial care of her father, George Herd, was “not adequate or proper” as it involved a half-hour visit in the morning, afternoon and evening.

George eventually moved into a nursing home and died in April 2020 of Covid. Mrs Herd had wanted to keep Mr Herd at home for as long as possible after he was diagnosed with dementia 10 years before his death, but the care package left them no choice but to go private.

Of the 31 percent of people who think their loved ones are not getting enough care, 82 percent of them thought their loved ones could have stayed home longer if they had received more support.

Dementia sufferers were hard hit by the pandemic, with four out of 10 Covid deaths coming from those with dementia, and excess deaths among patients have increased by 65 percent since the pandemic started.

The Alzheimer’s Society called for an injection of at least £ 3.9 billion in care to return to pre-pandemic levels before the budget, but was left disappointed by the chancellor’s announcements.

The chancellor announced that £ 4.8 billion would go to local authorities to fund adult care over the next three years, but this does not solve the problem, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Gavin Terry, head of policy at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Although additional local funding has been announced, it is far from enough to support social care until 2023.

“As the largest users of social care, hundreds of thousands of people with dementia and their families are desperate for support now.”

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