Rising costs will hit Alzheimer’s sufferers - The Evesham Observer

Rising costs will hit Alzheimer’s sufferers

Evesham Editorial 7th Jan, 2023   0

PEOPLE living with dementia in Worcestershire and the West Midlands are facing a ‘perfect storm’ of rising care and living costs which will leave many ‘stranded in their own homes’ warns Alzheimer’s Society.

The charity reports that amongst those struggling with cost of living pressures, nearly one in ten is cutting down on vital social activities, and one in ten is cutting down or stopping their social care, leaving them at real risk of crisis this winter.

While the cost of living crisis impacts almost everyone, people with dementia face additional pressures as many have to pay for their own care, unlike those with other conditions that are treated by the NHS.

Judith King West Midlands area manager for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The rising cost of living has left people with dementia facing a perfect storm of rising care costs, leading many to reduce their crucial care services and social activities, while also struggling to heat their homes.

“For people with dementia, cold and isolation can have a devastating impact on their condition, leaving them at real risk of crisis this winter.

“No-one should have to choose between heating their home or getting the care they need, but as people with dementia face rising care costs, almost one in ten in the West Midlands are choosing to reduce or even stop vital social activities and one in ten have reduced or stopped using social care.

“We were disappointed that Government has delayed the care cap for two years, which would have set an £86,000 limit on what people contribute to their own care.

If you are affected by dementia and need help, call Alzheimer’s Society’s support line on 0333 150 3456 or visit alzheimers.org.uk/costofliving 


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