Published Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The report found people have very low expectations of what care homes offer. (© UTV)
A new report found people have low expectations of life in residential care, despite the fact that excellent care does exist.
It has also revealed that at least 80% of care home residents have dementia or severe memory problems.
The Alzheimer's Society, which commissioned the report, is now calling on the government to ensure there is a minimum standard of care across all homes.
Bernadine McCrory, Director of Alzheimer's Society in the Northern Ireland, said: "Too often we hear that people with dementia in care homes don't have the opportunity for regular and meaningful social interaction and activities of their choice which help them continue to live well with dementia.
"Care homes shouldn't be seen as an isolated place of last resort but as part of the wider community. They should be championing the fact that with the right support, it is possible to live well with dementia," she added.
The society said effective regulation of residential homes could boost the quality of care.