Ian Austin MP

Independent MP for Dudley North

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Austin pledges support for Alzheimer's dementia fund

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling for Government action to deal with the dementia care crisis by supporting the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Fund proposal in Parliament.

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In 2016/17 there were an estimated 214 avoidable hospital admissions in Dudley caused from falls, dehydration and infections due to a lack of personalised, quality care.

Many of those suffering from dementia can spend £100,000 on essential care with many paying even more, some of whom are forced to spend all their savings and even sell their home to pay for care.

The Dementia Fund proposed would enable people with dementia to receive crucial, preventative care to enable their continued independence in the community and would help to end the ‘dementia penalty’ that costs people suffering an extra 15% to cover the costs of specialist care, with some coasts soaring as high as 40% for specialist care.

Austin is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society campaign for access to be based on clinical need, not an individual’s ability to pay and is working to break the gridlock in Parliament.

Ian Austin said:

“I want to do all I can to ensure a better standard of care and support for dementia sufferers and their families in Dudley.

“People have worked hard all their lives and should be able to enjoy their savings, not spend it all on the care that many require. I’ll be working hard for people of Dudley to ensure these resources are made available to them.”

 

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