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Dementia care "a tax" on sufferers

Dementia sufferers and their families who pay for care face a crippling "tax" for services which are often inadequate, a report has said.

More than half of people with dementia living in care homes are paying in excess of £300 per week towards their care, equivalent to £15,600 a year.

The stark findings are contained in the Alzheimer's Society's new report "The Dementia Tax", which exposes the huge costs shouldered by suffers and their families of paying for often sub-standard care.

The charity argues the current system of means testing for social care is a tax on people with dementia, whose care is deemed to be social care, rather than healthcare available free on the NHS.

Two-thirds of carers looking after a person at home pay for vital care, with one in three forking out over £50 per week.

Neil Hunt, the charity's chief executive, warned the country faced an increasingly serious problem, as the numbers living with dementia are expected to reach 1.7 million by 2051.

He said: "It really does have a crippling impact on family budgets. It is an illness that may go on for 10 years or more and therefore the hit is far greater than for people with other illnesses."

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