Dementia care pays the price of COVID-19

Lack of access to routine healthcare services has reduced the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers. New statistics reveal consistently higher antipsychotic prescribing for dementia patients, compared to before the pandemic.

Public Health England research in dementia show that since April 2020, there has been a consistent pattern of lower diagnosed prevalence rates for dementia in over 65 year olds compared to before the pandemic.

In addition, since January 2020, there has been a consistent pattern of lower proportions of dementia patients receiving a care plan or review compared to before the pandemic, with the gap widening as the year progressed.  There has also been more variation between CCGs.

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