According to a leading Alzheimer’s charity, in 2018, businesses in England lost 3.2 pounds from the effects of dementia. People altered their working routines or quit altogether to care for Alzheimer’s patients. More than half of the working class caring for someone with dementia were forced to reduce their working hours and had problems balancing between caring and work life.
More than 112,000 people resigned from the jobs in 2018 or went to early retirement to care for dementia patients. The Centre for Economics and Business Research for the Alzheimer Society found out that the effects of dementia on England’s businesses increased by 1.6bn in 2014. The value was expected to rise to 6.3bn pounds in 2016.
The chief executive of the Alzheimer Society, Jeremy Hughes, notes that many families cannot provide quality care for their dementia patients. Thus, members have to quit their jobs to offer quality care to their family members with dementia. One person gives more insight on caring for her mother, who has dementia. Yvonne, who lives with her mother and two children in Buckinghamshire, shares her struggles coping with the challenges of living with a dementia patient.
Yvonne has to travel to work in the city, although her job allows her to work from home. When she gets a client, she has to fully concentrate on her work, limiting her ability to care for her mother. She also works on weekends and after hours to cover for the hours she uses to care for her mother. The responsibility for caring for her mother has taken a significant toll on her career in getting more work done or getting promotions.
Her mother, Joyce, does not have access to free social care, and Yvonne has to pay for her healthcare. As much as she loves her mother, the financial situation has her worried.
The charity has brought forward proposals to the government that can help end the issues around dementia care. The recommendations will lead to long-term social care reform. According to a government spokesman, people caring for dementia patients significantly contribute to society. Thus, providing care should not affect their careers.
The government allocated an extra 1.5bn pounds to local authorities for adult and children’s social care in 2019. It also plans to introduce reforms to fix the social care system.