AgeUK has warned in a new report looking into social care in England that one in eight older people are failing to get the care they need.
‘The Health and Care of Older People in England 2017’ report concluded that the UK is ‘living on borrowed time’ to save the social care system. It also highlights the ‘major burden’ that is being placed on hospitals and families by the flawed system.
Revealed in the report is the fact that nearly 1.2 million people aged 65 and over don’t receive the care and support they need for essential daily activities. Reflecting just how troubling this is, this represents an increase of 48 per cent since 2010, and nearly an 18 per cent rise since 2016.
Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said:
“The Government has tried to prop up older people’s social care in three ways: through financial transfers from the NHS, a social care precept in local areas, and by calling on families and friends to do more. Unfortunately our analysis shows there are problems with all three approaches, which in any event are not enough to make up for the chronic shortfall in public funds.”
AgeUK is calling on the Government for urgent funding in the upcoming Budget to make proper provision for social care.
Another body closely involved in social care, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said the report was ‘extremely worrying’ but was not surprising.
President elect, Margaret Willcox, said:
“With councils projecting a total overspend on adult social care of nearly £450m by the end of this financial year, increases in demand and cost of social care, providers closing, a rising ageing population and those living with increasingly complex needs, immediate, significant, long-term and sustainable funding is needed to stabilise a care market in crisis. Only genuine new money will solve the crisis which will only get worse whilst we wait for a solution.”