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Dementia patients "open to abuse"

Care workers are being given advice on identifying potential abuse of people with dementia in a new booklet, timed to coincide with World Elder Abuse Day.

The booklet, "Uncovering abuse in the dementia care environment", explores why people with dementia can be particularly vulnerable to abuse. It also identifies types of abuse that might not be easily recognisable, such as neglect, financial and psychological abuse.

Developed by the Alzheimer's Society and Action on Elder Abuse, the booklet gives advice on how to handle suspected abuse and where to access further support or advice.

"This booklet provides essential, practical advice for anyone working with people with dementia in the care environment," said Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society.

"People with dementia are often not able to communicate that they are being abused. We want to ensure that carers can recognise the signs of abuse and take appropriate, immediate action to stop it."

He added that the society was grateful to Comic Relief, which has funded the booklet as part of a two-year project to reduce and prevent abuse of people with dementia.

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Are you concerned about the care offered to people with dementia? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"I am very much concerned about the care given. My own near relative has the condition. She is being cared for in a nursing home but I am not happy with the care being given to her. But as I am not her next of kin I can do nothing but offer some advice. I only hope that should such a condition affect me my relatives would monitor my care and take advice more readily on the care delivered." - V Henry, N15

"In some cases yes. I feel the need to have the right assesment to train the carers and family in how to spot abuse. I don't like the way some care homes leave them like zombies." - Carole Cadman, Oldbury