The hidden cost of dementia in Wales

Authors:
HU Bo, WITTENBERG Raphael, KNAPP Martin
Publisher:
Alzheimer's Society
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
22
Place of publication:
London

Provides a detailed and robust picture of the cost of dementia in Wales. This is an overview of the findings of research commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society and conducted by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), London School of Economics. It follows on from research published in Dementia UK: Update, (Prince et al, 2014). The report aims to provide an accurate understanding of the cost of dementia to society in Wales, and to assist in policy development, influencing, commissioning and service design. Some of the key findings from the report are: the total cost of dementia to society in Wales is £1.4 billion per year, with an average cost of £31,300 per person per year; £196 million is spent on healthcare costs; £535 million is spent on social care costs (publicly and privately funded); £622 million is contributed by the work of unpaid carers of people with dementia; £6 million in spent on other costs, including police costs of missing person enquiries, advocacy services and research; and unpaid care accounts for 74.8 per cent of the total cost of people with dementia living in the community, and 45.7 per cent of the total cost of the overall dementia population in Wales. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
dementia, costs, economic evaluation, financing, social care, health care, carers;
Content type:
research
Location(s):
Wales
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