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To: Matt Hancock - Minister for Health and Social Care

Dementia Carers Need More Support!

Dementia Carers Need More Support!

We urge you to take a fresh look at the plight of both people living with Dementia and their unpaid carers.

This CANNOT wait until the scheduled spending review in 2020. The current system leaves hundreds of thousands of people without the support they desperately need.

We need appropriately resourced national Dementia strategies - NOW!

Why is this important?

Approximately 700,000 people in the UK provide UNPAID care for a loved one with Dementia, saving the Government £11.6 BILLION each year. ... Without these unpaid carers, the UK care system would collapse, leaving millions in crisis.

Yet when these carers find THEMSELVES in crisis, they are routinely told that somebody will respond to them in 5 - 10 days or that respite care is unavailable due to a lack of funding.

Alzheimer's Society reported these facts as far back as 2014 and yet the situation continues to deteriorate. ... And with the number of people living with Dementia expected to exceed 1 million by 2021, things are set to deteriorate further still. (https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-us/policy-and-influencing/dementia-uk-report)

We are therefore echoing the Alzheimer's Society's plea for "appropriately resourced national Dementia strategies", and in particular the BADLY needed measures laid out in their statement on carer support. (https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-us/policy-and-influencing/what-we-think/carer-support)

Because, as things stand today, the vast majority of unpaid Dementia Carers feel ignored, unsupported and alone - day in and day out.

We need change! And we need it NOW!

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Please also see our website at https://www.startcaring.co.uk for details of our 'Who Cares?' Postcard Campaign.

Start Caring! - Because change happens faster when we all work together.


Reasons for signing

  • the struggle is real
  • My mother has late stage dementia, when we needed help it was incredibly difficult, every organisation which should have helped was just another battle to be faced. Added don't ask for help until they are desperate... we don't have the time or the energy whilst trying to take care of our loved ones to fight for help for them. We need help now...not when it's too late.
  • My 90 year old mother has dementia. Her dementia journey is well advanced and she now needs more care to enable her to stay safely in her own home. But Social Services resources are already over-stretched. More funding for social care is needed now so that others in mum's situation can be helped to live independent lives and carers like me have the support needed to continue to support their loved ones through this difficult stage of their life journey.

Updates

2018-09-13 18:21:54 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-09-08 10:46:15 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-09-07 05:32:41 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-09-06 16:53:09 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-09-06 11:35:52 +0100

10 signatures reached