Designing a dementia fund

Over 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. The current health and social care system treats dementia very differently to other health conditions. This report sets out how a Dementia Fund, as suggested by Alzheimer’s Society, could be set up to cover the additional social care costs faced by people living with dementia. This would create a level playing field so that such individuals do not pay more for their care than social care users without dementia in similar settings. The report defines the Dementia Penalty as the average difference between the costs of care faced by people living with dementia versus those with other social care needs. This average proportional difference would be calculated at a national level for different settings (domiciliary, residential home and nursing home) and then applied to the local base cost faced by social care users in the same settings who do not have dementia.

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