Coronavirus: home dementia fatalities raise prompt concern


According to estimates attributed to overstretched health and social care during the pandemic, the number of women dying at home with dementia has increased by 75 percent.

The figures show that, outside nursing homes and hospitals, far more women died of the disease than in previous years.

There were 3116 deaths of women in the population due to dementia from March 14 to Sept. 11, compared with a five-year average of 1781.

The fact that the numbers have increased so dramatically in a short time shows “pressure on health pathways,” health data analysts said.

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The number of deaths from all causes in nursing homes has risen this year by 300 (or 7.9 percent) for men, but for women by 5,000 (or 27 percent). Dementia is the most common cause of death among women.

Also taking into account the fact that women live longer and potentially make up a greater percentage of nursing home residents than men, the writers of the study said the figures show that women are worse off from the pandemic overall.

Closer study, they said, has shown that men are 40% more likely to die from Covid-19.

While figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) cover only England, Alzheimer Scotland said the figures indicate that a rise in dementia fatalities is being repeated outside hospitals north of the border.

Dr. Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard of Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP) health analytics company, which conducted the study, said, “With all these things, while the absolute percentages will vary slightly, I think the narrative is very likely to be true across the UK.”

When the excess deaths returned, we found that during the summer we had less deaths than anticipated in hospitals and more neighborhood deaths than we would have expected.

“For dementia, which is the leading cause of death in women, there are 22 percent more deaths than we would have expected from the beginning of January through the fall, compared to a five-year average,” he said.

If you break it down one more layer, you see a massive 75% rise in private home deaths, a 32% increase in nursing homes, and a 47% drop in hospitals.

About ten days of “tick box” nursing home surveys targeted at residents is criticised by the Care Inspectorate.

“If we were to say in five to ten years’ time that more people with dementia are dying in their own homes, we could see that as a success,” he said.

People with chronic diseases often prefer to die at home, but when we see death rates rise so sharply and so rapidly, it means that there is too much strain on the highways.

He said, “I think it’s a combination of pressures across the health care system that leads to worse conditions and worse care in the health care system in general,”

But there is also almost a direct swap of 25 percent of hospital deaths and so many more community deaths among men with ischemic heart disease.

More individuals may stop finding treatment or there is no care available in the community.

It’s certainly true that women live longer, and many more are nursing home patients and are likely to be comorbid.

“We’ve seen about 300 more deaths in men in nursing homes this year, but there have been 5000 more deaths in women.”

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Figures from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) suggest that between April and June, deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s rose by 24.5% in the first wave of the pandemic.

Age Scotland has called for an inquiry to ascertain if, during the first national lockdown, the cancellation of social care packages or limited access to care contributed to a steep spike in excess deaths from dementia, diabetes, and other causes.

Jim Pearson, Alzheimer Scotland’s director of policy and science, said the Scottish government had agreed to a report to try to understand the reasons for the increase in deaths following the charity’s pressure.

He said, “The latest statistics published by Scotland’s National Records show that while fewer people with dementia are dying in hospital, the number of people dying at home has increased.”

“This emphasizes the


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