Re-reading a piece from this blog in July 2011 (see below), it's heartening that we have made strides towards better care of people living with dementia although the subject of quality of life is hardly discussed by a government seeking re-election, even if more enlightened individuals at Westminster do pay it lip service.
In April, Andrew Dilnot, who carried out the government review into care and support funding in England six years ago, condemned Britain’s social care system as “the most pernicious means-test in the whole of the British welfare state” and called for a new tax to fund adult social care for everyone who needs it.
As The Guardian points out, "The average person will need social care worth about £20,000 during their lifetime, with slightly more than a fifth of the population dying before they require any support. But for 10% of the population care costs are high: a couple with arthritis requiring residential care for the last 20 years of their lives will need care costing over £1m."
However, money isn't everything and my blog's observation about family care pressures still stands "...many older people are unable to get the care they need, so their families are expected to roll up their sleeves, often dealing with highly complex and exhausting circumstances that they have little expert knowledge of, nor experience to cope with. Those involved may be at the limit of what they can do, or are beyond full stretch and in need of respite (and care) themselves..."
and... "We would not be in the pickle we are if we cared for our older people and supported their families better. For years and despite the mass of evidence, governments have ignored the issues around the quality of care of older people. The cost of good quality training and the principle of caring as a respected career path are rarely mentioned."
For anyone interested, here's the piece from back then: