Gerry Harris is 92 and has vascular dementia. Because there are no beds available in specialist care homes he is confined to a psychiatric ward in the local hospital. There is nothing for him to do there. The NHS is overloaded and cannot give him the time or the resources to help him with the awful consequences of his disease. So he must live out the rest of his life, either drugged or in distress. HIs family do what they can to visit and keep his spirits up but as the dementia takes its toll, their fears that he can have some kind of dignity and respect at the end of his life only increase. A cautionary tale for a health service faced with an ever increasing ageing population many of whom will die with dementia.
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