Responding to analysis by the Alzheimer’s Society which shows 1,400 people with dementia will be 'stranded' in hospital over Christmas, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“This welcome report is further evidence of the urgent need to plug the estimated £2.5 billion funding gap facing adult social care up to 2020, which is impacting now on thousands of people in need of reliable, personal care, including those with dementia.

“As part of a caring society, people with dementia need and deserve specialist care and support. A busy acute hospital can add to their confusion and disorientation as they thrive better when in familiar surroundings, especially their own home, with people they know."