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.
Norley WI, Cheshire Federation
Since 2016 we have been campaigning for families to have greater access to relatives with dementia while they are in hospital. Whether that's by extending visiting hours or allowing them to stay overnight, the aim is the same: carers are welcome.
The campaign is not about compelling carers to stay in hospital – carers need and deserve respite. Instead, it’s about ensuring carers’ rights and protecting the dignity of those with dementia.
In March 2018 we published a report into the state of dementia care in hospitals and support for family carers. The report found:
- Dementia care is far from good enough in many cases, with hospitals failing to treat patients with dignity and respect and provide an adequate level of care.
- 66% of carers who took part in our survey could remember a time when the nursing or healthcare needs of their loved one were not met.
- 41% of carers said that ‘all or most of the time’ hospital staff did not meet their loved one’s care needs.
- Few carers feel supported with only 3% offered a ‘carer’s passport’ and 2% shown around the ward.