Suffolk/Essex: Seven out of 10 people ‘scared’ of moving into care homes

A survey showed 70% of people would be scared about the prospect of moving into a care home. Picture

A survey showed 70% of people would be scared about the prospect of moving into a care home. Pictured: Maizie Mears-Owen, head of dementia at Care UK which runs the 16 care homes and eight Wellbeing Centres in Suffolk. - Credit: Contributed

SEVEN out of 10 people said they would be “very or fairly scared” about moving into a residential care home in the East of England, a charity has warned.

An Alzheimer’s Society report showed 70% of people surveyed in the East of England would have fears about moving into a care home.

But the report also revealed 75% of relatives would recommend care homes to their loved ones, despite less than half saying their relatives living in care homes have a good quality of life.

Paul Dunnery, area manager for Alzheimer’s Society in East Anglia, said: “Our research has found that people have very low expectations of what a care home will offer and many are scared of ever living in one.”

The report states that 80% of people in UK residential care homes have either dementia or severe memory problems.


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In Suffolk, 9,116 people live with dementia and it is estimated that figure will rise to 12,239 by 2021.

Mr Dunnery added: “Too often we hear that people with dementia in care homes don’t have the opportunity for regular and meaningful social interaction and activities of their choice.

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“Care homes shouldn’t be seen as an isolated place of last resort.”

Maizie Mears-Owen, head of dementia at Care UK which runs the 16 care homes and eight Wellbeing Centres in Suffolk, said: “One of our specialities is to deliver excellent care for people living with dementia.

“The important thing is that people find out as much as possible about a home, and many of our care homes organise events for their communities.

“These give people the opportunity to see for themselves the good work that we do and to experience activity-based care which encourages residents to pursue their hobbies.”

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