Alice Rigby, Senior Public Affairs and Campaigning Officer, responds to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
Yesterday the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the Government’s future spending plans for the UK in the Autumn Statement. He promised extra money for housing and transport but health and social care were ignored.
This is a crushing disappointment for Alzheimer’s Society and people affected by dementia who have been calling on the Chancellor to give £25million to dementia training for all homecare workers as part of the Fix Dementia Care campaign.
The social care system in the UK is in dire straits. There are currently very few medical treatments for dementia which means that ‘social care’ (help with things such as washing, dressing and eating) is the type of care that people with dementia rely on.
But unlike health care, social care is not free to everyone. We hear of thousands of people with dementia and their families paying huge amounts of money for poor quality care, like care in the home. And we know the government can put a stop to it.
People with dementia should be able to stay in their homes, where they want to be, for as long as possible. But without proper training on dementia, many care workers struggle to deliver good care that takes into account the specific needs of those people.
Alzheimer’s Society has found that 1 in 3 homecare workers have no dementia training and some are leaving people in soiled clothes, surviving without hot meals and even missing vital medication. We have a broken homecare system that is failing thousands of people living with dementia who rely on homecare workers to enable them to live well.
That’s why we were calling on the Chancellor to give £25million to fund dementia training for all homecare workers. But despite 9,000 of our supporters writing to him to support our call – it was ignored.
This was a missed opportunity and there are now thousands of people with dementia and their carers being let down by a government which isn’t listening to their needs. We get told again and again that social care isn’t an issue that politicians care about, because voters don’t care about it – but we know this is simply untrue.
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