Dementia patient care 'patchy'

The standard of care provided for people with dementia is "patchy", the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said.

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Dementia patients 'denied quality of life they deserve'

There are 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK, many of whom rely on some form of social care.

Whilst many people receive excellent quality care, too often standards are falling short and people are being denied the quality of life they deserve.

It's a welcome step that Nice are recognising the need to raise standards and have prioritised dementia as needing a benchmark for what good quality care should look like.

These standards will be a useful tool for the care sector and show what people with dementia and carers should be able to expect.

But, as they are not mandatory, it's a case of wait and see as to whether this guidance will drive real change or just sit on the shelf."

– George McNamara, head of policy and public affairs at the Alzheimer's Society

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