Health and Care of Older People In England 2017 - new Age UK report

Thursday 16 February 2017

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The Health and Care of Older People In England 2017

Dementia Action Alliance Members Age UK have today released a report finding that more than a million elderly people are receiving insufficient care - up nearly 20% in the last year. Nearly nearly two-thirds of older carers themselves also have a disability or health problem.

The report, ‘The Health and Care of Older People In England 2017’, said pressures have left social care in “a state of collapse”. It found 700,000 people do not receive any help, and a further 487,000 receive help but it does not fully meet their needs. The number of people providing unpaid care has also risen.

The charity's Director, Caroline Abrahams said: “Some older people and their families are already telling us that they simply cannot find any carers where they live, and we are also hearing of vulnerable older people receiving council-funded care whose help has been significantly reduced, leaving them to manage alone for many hours at a time.”

A Government spokesperson said: “We recognise the pressures of an ageing population, which is why we are giving local authorities access to £7.6 billion of new money for adult social care.

“But this is not solely about money, which is why we are working to find a long-term, sustainable solution which helps local authorities learn from each other to raise standards across the whole system.” 

Click here to read the report