As more and more people are affected by dementia, relatives are leaving their jobs to care for their loved ones. This is echoed in analysis of data from the Centre for Economics and Business Research which found that 112,000 workers left their employment last year to do this. The research also showed that over 147,000 people are struggling to juggle their careers with their caring responsibilities. The Alzheimer’s Society calls for an urgent overhaul of the UK’s social care system, as they believe that these figures could double by 2040.
If you are faced with the prospect of looking after someone with dementia, it’s a wise choice to get Lasting Powers of Attorney in place, while they still have mental capacity. These legal documents will outline their wishes when they are no longer to do so themselves.