75% of people in the North East fear living in a care home, according to an Alzheimer's Socierty poll. But Angela Drake from County Durham isn't one of them. She says she had excellent support from Bowburn Care Centre before her father passed away.
Inspector Morse and Lewis actor Kevin Whately and Karen Weech spoke to Daybreak about their struggle to find a care home for their mothers, who both had Alzheimer's.
Whately said too many people begin looking for a care home when they are in crisis and then become "stuck" looking at places that "won't do":
A report has warned that people have such low expectations of care homes that they "settle for average".
According to the Alzheimer's Society, out of 1,000 relatives and carers surveyed:
- Just over 40 per cent believe their loved ones enjoyed good quality of life
- Less than 30 per cent said loved ones received a poor quality of life
A separate poll of 2,000 UK adults found:
- Two thirds feel the care sector is not doing enough to combat abuse in care homes
- Many said they feel "scared" at the thought of moving into a care home in later life
Fewer than half of the people suffering from dementia, who currently live in care homes, enjoy a good quality of life, a charity has warned.
The report from the Alzheimer's Society also found that record numbers of people in care homes have the condition.
It said 80 per cent of people in residential care homes have either memory loss or dementia.
Previous estimates put the number of people with the condition at just over 60 per cent.
A charity is calling on ministers and the care sector to work together to boost care standards.
They are asking for an improvement on public understanding about quality of care dementia sufferers are offered.
– Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society
Society has such low expectations of care homes that people are settling for average. Throughout our lives we demand the best for ourselves and our children. Why do we expect less for our parents? We need Government and care homes to work together to lift up expectations so people know they have the right to demand the best.