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NHS double standard for people with dementia in care homes

The NHS is providing a second-class service to many of the 280,000 people with dementia who live in care homes in England, says the Alzheimer’s Society.

An investigation by the charity has uncovered that almost half of care home managers feel the NHS isn’t providing residents with dementia adequate and timely access to vital services like physiotherapy, continence and mental health services. This has led to instances where people have been left bed-bound, incontinent and sedated because the health service is too slow in responding to their needs.