This Dementia Action Week (May 17 – 23), Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is joining Alzheimer’s Society in asking the Government to #CuretheCareSystem.
It’s been a devastating year for people affected by dementia. Across the UK, nearly a million families are struggling to take care of their loved ones with the dignity and support they deserve. Decades of under-funding have led to a system that is difficult to access, costly, inadequate, and unfair. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed these problems like never before.
More than 35,000 people with dementia have died of Covid-19 – around one in four of all UK deaths – making those with the condition the worst hit by the pandemic.
In July of 2019, Boris Johnson used his first speech as Prime Minister to pledge to ‘fix the crisis in social care once and for all.’ This Dementia Action Week, the Alzheimer’s Society calls on the government to deliver on that promise by publishing a clear, budgeted plan for social care reform as soon as possible.
Andrew Gwynne said:
‘I’m proud to support Dementia Action Week and Alzheimer’s Society’s calls for the government to announce its plans and commitments for social care reform as a matter of urgency.
Dementia care needs to be delivered in the same way that NHS care is. It needs to be free at the point of use and according to need.
I have witnessed first-hand the effects that dementia has on individuals and on families. Many of my constituents are affected by dementia, and they deserve to be able to access the person-centred care and support they need to live well. We need to cure the care system, and we need to do it now.’
An Alzheimer’s Society spokesperson added:
“Dementia does not just impact on the person diagnosed. It claims more than one life as families battle for the right care for themselves and their loved ones.
“Our findings paint a bleak picture. Family carers are exhausted, with more than 40% putting in more than 100 caring hours per week.
“People with dementia and their loved ones have told us they simply aren’t getting the care and support they need. Sadly, too many family carers reach a point of crisis before receiving help.”
Alzheimer’s Society is calling on its supporters to help cure the care system by urging the government to reform social care now. To find out more and sign the petition, visit action.alzheimers.org.uk/DAW21. Anyone seeking advice and information about dementia can call Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.