The state of health care and adult social care in England in 2012/13. Technical Annex 3, Dementia thematic review

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Great Britain. Care Quality Commission
Care Quality Commission
Date of publication
21 November 2013
Health Services, Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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Caring for people with dementia well presents a unique challenge for the health and social care sector and the number of people with dementia is expected to double in the next 40 years. Despite indications of slight improvements over time, when admitted to hospital a person’s dementia is often not recorded and people with dementia have longer stays and higher rates of mortality and emergency readmission than similar people without dementia. This is more pronounced
among elective admissions and younger age groups, for particular conditions and in certain parts of the country.

People with dementia living at care home postcodes are more likely to be admitted to hospital multiple times and to be admitted to hospital for conditions which are potentially avoidable. This is more pronounced among certain age groups and in certain parts of the country.