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Carers Welcome

We call upon HM Government and the NHS to provide facilities to enable carers to stay with people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia that have been admitted into hospital.

A stay in hospital shouldn't be catastrophic for people with dementia and their families, but we know it often sadly is. More than 90% of carers report that their loved one with dementia found the hospital environment confusing and frightening. At the Annual Meeting in June 2016, WI members were clear that action must be taken to improve patients' care in hospital and to support their families.

Our Carers Welcome campaign calls on all acute and mental health hospitals to take steps to allow families greater access to their loved one while they are on the ward. Whether that's by extending visiting hours or allowing them to stay overnight, the aim is the same: carer's welcome.

This campaign is not about compelling carers to stay in hospital- we recognise that carers need and deserve respite. It is about ensuring the rights and freedoms of carers and safeguarding the dignity of those with dementia.

In March 2018, as part of the campaign, we published a report into the state of dementia care in hospitals and support for family carers – download the report.

We also created an information leaflet with the Care Quality Commission about the rights of family carers – download the leaflet.

To find out more about the campaign, download the Carers Welcome legacy pack.

Did you know...? There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. By 2025 this figure will be over 1 million. According to Alzheimer's society dementia has a greater impact on women. Around 500,000 women in the UK are living with dementia compared with 350,000 men. Women are also more likely than men to become carers.