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Alzheimer's report says personal budgets not set up for people with dementia

A new report by the Alzheimer's Society today (Thursday 17 November) warns that people with dementia are not reaping the benefits of personal budgets due to a lack of information and knowledge among social care professionals and tightening eligibility criteria.

According to a survey conducted by the charity, three in five people with dementia assessed as eligible for social care were not offered a personal budget, while 15% declined an offer of one.

The charity has identified several barriers to people getting a personal budget:

  • A lack of information and support for users and carers in managing personal budgets
  • Rising eligibility thresholds meaning that people only access social care at crisis point
  • A lack of knowledge amongst social care professionals about how personal budgets can work for people with dementia

Recommendations include councils commissioing tailored support services to help people with dementia make the most of personal budgets, providing information highglighting their benefits and improving staff training.

A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

Commenting on the report, Martin Routledge, head of operations for In Control, said: "The findings of this report are welcomed by In Control. It gives a very useful insight into the barriers that people with dementia are facing when trying to access personal budgets and makes good recommendations on how improvements can be made. It is clear that people with dementia need a much more significant focus when it comes to the personalisation agenda and this is something that In Control strongly advocates."

In Control is currently working with Alternative Futures Group and Helen Sanderson Associates to develop a piece of work around providers personalising their services for people with dementia.

For further information on this work, please contact Martin Routledge at martin.routledge@in-control.org.uk

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Last Updated : 17 November 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.