There is only one respite bed per 450 people with dementia in Ireland. Only 52 nursing homes nationally have specialised care units for people with the disease.
Some 30,000 people have dementia nationally and there are 66 respite beds available across 54 specialist care units in nursing homes.
SCUs are facilities catering exclusively for the needs of people with dementia.
The survey was carried out by Trinity College Dublin and included 602 nursing homes. It also found that an average of 19 people live in each privately-run SCU - far in excess of best practice recommendations.
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