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78 per cent 'fear care homes'

Over three quarters of people in Wales fear living in a care home, according to a Alzheimer's Society report. Published today, the 'Low Expectations' report found that 78% would be very or fairly scared about going into a care home.

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Care home fears leading to people settling for less

Over three quarters of people in Wales fear living in a care home, according to a Alzheimer's Society report.

Published today, the 'Low Expectations' report found that 78% would be very or fairly scared about going into a care home.

The report states that excellent care does exist, but pessimism about life in care homes is leading people to settle for less. It also found that three quarters of relatives would recommend their loved one's care home despite less than half saying their relative has a good quality of life.

Too often we hear that people with dementia in care homes don't have the opportunity for regular and meaningful social interaction and activities of their choice which help them continue to live well with dementia.

Care homes shouldn't be seen as an isolated place of last resort but as part of the wider community. They should be championing the fact that with the right support, it is possible to live well with dementia."

– Carol Anne Jones, Alzheimer's Society in Wales

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