Families pay two thirds of rising cost of dementia care

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5573
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The cost of caring for people with dementia in the United Kingdom has increased to £26.3bn (€32.9bn; $42.4bn) a year, and two thirds of this bill is shouldered by people with dementia and their carers and families, a report by the Alzheimer’s Society shows.

This works out at £32 250 for each person with dementia every year and is 24% higher than the cost in 2007 (£17bn a year),1 said the report, Dementia UK: second edition, published on 10 September.2

In 2013 the social care costs from dementia amounted to £10.2bn, but only £4.8bn of this was paid by local authorities; £5.8bn was met by patients and their families buying in personal care, such as help with washing and dressing, the report explained. And unpaid carers—usually …

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