Those with dementia continue to have the poorest outcomes in hospital, according the fourth state of care report released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (21 November 2013).
Deaths in hospital among those with dementia were over a third higher than similar people without dementia, emergency admissions were over a fifth higher, and the length of stay in hospital was over a quarter higher.
Based on 35,000 inspections over the period of a year, more than half a million people aged 65 and over were admitted as an emergency to hospital with potentially avoidable conditions. The report also found that among people living in cares homes, emergency hospital admissions from avoidable conditions were 30 per cent higher for those that had dementia compared with similar people without the condition.
George McNamara Head of Policy & Public Affairs Alzheimer’s Society commented:
‘It is a national disgrace that people with dementia are being let down so profoundly. With a quarter of people in hospitals and 80 per cent of people in care homes living with dementia, caring for them should be core business of health and care services. These findings should be a wakeup call to leaders in the NHS to make dementia their number one priority and ensure that staff have the time and skills to care for people with dementia.
‘People with dementia need better support in the community to reduce avoidable admissions and readmission rates.’