A recent inquiry conducted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia has taken a look into how funds could be spent more effectively in order to try and keep the spiralling cost of caring for dementia patients under control.
The report highlighted some successful money saving programmes which are already underway in certain areas of the country. For example, the Doncaster programme, uses a care home liaison team which has cut hospital admissions by 75 per cent in a year.
Another money saving programme which was highlighted was a Leeds-based mental health liaison service which had reduced hospital admission and in some cases meant patients could be discharged earlier (the average length of hospital stays was reduced by 54 per cent, saving 1,056 bed days per year).
Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, Baroness Sally Greengross has stressed that as the number of people with dementia rise, the financial burden will only increase and this is why it is essential that money is spent more wisely.
“We want people to share ideas and practical examples so that the NHS, local authorities and others can deliver the best care at the right price.” She said.
A report conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society back in 2009 suggested that £80m a year could be saved if the average hospital stay of a dementia sufferer was reduced by just one week.
In addition to this, research has also found that if the use of anti-psychotic drugs was reduced by two-thirds, this would save an estimated £55m every year.