30 Oct 2012
The number of care home residents in Scotland suffering from dementia has increased by a fifth since 2003, a report released today has shown.
It means 50 per cent of long-stay elderly residents in homes are now living with the illness.
The figures were revealed as part of the Scottish Government’s Care Home Census, which also stated there were 1300 homes in Scotland catering for more than 37,000 residents.
It is a further indication of the challenge Scotland faces in relation to an ageing population.
Scottish Conservative health spokesman and deputy leader Jackson Carlaw MSP said:
“Dementia is becoming more and more of a challenge in our hospitals, in society and, as we can see from today’s report, in our care homes too.
“We should never lose sight of just how difficult an illness this is, not to mention hugely upsetting for loved ones.
“That is why it is so critical that those people who work with dementia sufferers are equipped to do so, whether that be in a care home or hospital setting.
“With such a rapidly ageing population it is essential we are prepared for this dementia timebomb, which is only going to increase as time goes on.
“The Scottish Government should consider this trend when working out how to inspect care homes and provide training for staff.”
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