A new report, called Prepared To Care, revealed that less than half of those who carried out home visits to dementia patients, to help with dressing and washing, were trained to do so. One in three care homes who had residents with dementia also admitted that they did not give staff training on dealing with sufferers.
There are around 700,000 people in the UK with dementia, with 244,000 in care homes and 424,000 living in the community.
Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “What sort of society do we live in when the people who deliver care to thousands of vulnerable people with dementia have no training or support? The situation is a disgrace. Staff turnover is high and the quality of care in some areas is very poor. There is a lot of work to be done if we are to drag the standard of dementia care in the UK from its position in the bottom third of Europe.”