A third of people with dementia forced to sell their home to cover care costs


A third of people living with dementia have been forced to sell their home to cover their care costs, a poll has revealed.

The poll of 1,013 adults, carried out by Survation on behalf of the Mail, found 31% of people living with dementia had to sell their home to provide for their care.

Eight in ten people said politicians had failed to tackle the social care crisis, with two-thirds adding the current system, which disqualifies from funding anyone who has a home or who has £23,250 in savings, as unfair.

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A further eight in ten said the NHS should fund dementia support.

Sally Copley of the Alzheimer’s Society said: “No-one should be forced to sell a home they have worked their whole lives for just because they develop one health condition and not another. This cruel lottery has to end.

“The next prime minister must release plans of how he will find a sustainable funding solution for the social care system in the long term, which doesn’t rely on the houses of people with dementia to pay for it.”

Boris Johnson, who was announced as the new prime minister today, told the Daily Express that people living with dementia should not be forced to sell their homes to pay for their care.

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Johnson said: “It is inequitable, some families having to raise hundreds of thousands in order to pay for the costs of care, others are getting those costs met, or at least partly met.

“There is a real sense of anxiety this is causing and we need to address it.”

Mr Johnson said it would be a top priority to find a cross-party solution to the social care crisis.

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