Wednesday 28 September 2016

Stark dementia home death figures

Published 19/07/2016 | 02:30

Most dementia sufferers die in hospitals.
Most dementia sufferers die in hospitals.

Only 210 of the 4,200 people with dementia who die in Ireland annually are able to pass away at home surrounded by loved ones, a new report has revealed.

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Up to 2,310 sufferers of dementia die in nursing homes and another 1,680 spend their final days in acute hospitals.

The stark figures, revealed in a report by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), highlight how little support is available to grant the wish of many people with dementia to be able to live out their days in familiar surroundings.

"While we recognise that dying at home may not be feasible or desirable for everyone, more can be done to facilitate people at end-of-life to be cared for and die in their home if that is their wish," the organisation's Head of Health Care Programmes, Marie Lynch said.

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