1.2 million older people not getting the social care they need

17th November 2016 | By | Reply More
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Numbers of older people who don’t get the social care they need soars to a new high of 1.2 million – up by a staggering 48 per cent since 2010

Numbers of older people who don’t get the social care they need soars to a new high of 1.2 million – up by a staggering 48 per cent since 2010.

The numbers of older people in England who struggle without the help they need to carry out essential everyday tasks, such as getting out of bed, going to the toilet, washing and getting dressed, have increased to a new high of 1.2 million (1,183,900 people aged 65+) according to a worrying new analysis by Age UK[i],[ii].

This represents 17.9 per cent increase on last year (up 179,000 from 1,004,000[iii]), and by a massive 48 per cent increase since 2010 (up 383,900 from 800,000)[iv]. Nearly 1 in 8 older people now live with some level of unmet need[v],[vi].

Amongst the 1.2 million, Age UK’s analysis shows that 696,500 older people do not receive any help at all, from either paid carers or family and friends, and that a further 487,400 receive some help but not enough, often because help is only available at particular times of day or their carers are able to manage some tasks but not others[vii],[viii].

Furthermore it is particularly shocking that nearly a quarter (291,400) of older people with unmet needs have difficulty with three or more essential tasks; this is nearly half (45.5 per cent) of all those who reported needing help at that level. Worse 52,700 of them receive no help whatsoever[ix],[x].

The numbers of older people who do not receive the help they need with specific daily tasks are as follows[xi],[xii]:

  • 535,300 (43.1 per cent) of the 1,243,300 people aged 65+ who struggle to wash/get in the bath don’t get the care they need.
  • 222,600 (47.1 per cent) of the 472,600 who have difficulty going to the toilet don’t receive the care they need.
  • 343,500 (47.8 per cent) of the 718,600 who find it hard to get out of bed on their own do not receive the help they need.
  • 125,100 (44.4 per cent) of the 281,500 who find it hard to eat on their own do not receive the help they need.
  • 797,400 (51.2 per cent) of the 1,557,000 who find it hard to get dressed on their own do not receive the help they need.
  • 240,500 (42 per cent) of the 572,500 who find it difficult to walk across a room on their own do not receive the help they need.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: “It is shameful that more than one in every eight older people in this country are now living with some level of unmet need for care, and we are extremely worried about the quarter of a million older people with multiple unmet care needs, struggling alone: how many of them are constantly in and out of hospital because they are unable to cope at home?”

“The sad irony is that it would be far more cost effective, as well as infinitely more humane, to give these older people the care and support they need. All this adds up to a compelling case for giving social care the priority it deserves in the Government’s forthcoming Autumn Statement. It is high time the Government acts.”

 

 

 

Facts and links here

[i] Marmot, M., Oldfield, Z., Clemens, S., Blake, M., Phelps, A., Nazroo, J., Steptoe, A., Rogers, N., Banks, J., Oskala, A. (2016). English Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Waves 0-7, 1998-2015. [data collection]. 26th Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 5050,http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5050-13

[ii] Office for National Statistics (2015); “Population estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland,” – https://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/populationestimatesforukenglandandwalesscotlandandnorthernireland/mid2014/ukmye2014.zip

[iii] Age UK (2015); How much would it cost to meet the unmet social care needs of older people in England,” – http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/For-professionals/Research/Cost_to_meet_the_unmet_social_care_needs.pdf?dtrk=true

[iv] Forder and Fernandez (2011) “The cost of social care for older people: the importance of unit cost growth. PSSRU analysis for Age UK,” – http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/For-professionals/Research/The%20cost%20of%20social%20care%20for%20older%20people.pdf?dtrk=true

[v] Marmot, M., Oldfield, Z., Clemens, S., Blake, M., Phelps, A., Nazroo, J., Steptoe, A., Rogers, N., Banks, J., Oskala, A. (2016). English Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Waves 0-7, 1998-2015. [data collection]. 26th Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 5050,http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5050-13

[vi] Office for National Statistics (2015); “Population estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland,” – https://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/populationestimatesforukenglandandwalesscotlandandnorthernireland/mid2014/ukmye2014.zip

[vii] Marmot, M., Oldfield, Z., Clemens, S., Blake, M., Phelps, A., Nazroo, J., Steptoe, A., Rogers, N., Banks, J., Oskala, A. (2016). English Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Waves 0-7, 1998-2015. [data collection]. 26th Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 5050,http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5050-13

[viii] Office for National Statistics (2015); “Population estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland,” – https://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/populationestimatesforukenglandandwalesscotlandandnorthernireland/mid2014/ukmye2014.zip

[ix] Marmot, M., Oldfield, Z., Clemens, S., Blake, M., Phelps, A., Nazroo, J., Steptoe, A., Rogers, N., Banks, J., Oskala, A. (2016). English Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Waves 0-7, 1998-2015. [data collection]. 26th Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 5050,http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5050-13

[x] Office for National Statistics (2015); “Population estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland,” – https://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/populationestimatesforukenglandandwalesscotlandandnorthernireland/mid2014/ukmye2014.zip

[xi] Marmot, M., Oldfield, Z., Clemens, S., Blake, M., Phelps, A., Nazroo, J., Steptoe, A., Rogers, N., Banks, J., Oskala, A. (2016). English Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Waves 0-7, 1998-2015. [data collection]. 26th Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 5050,http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5050-13

[xii] Office for National Statistics (2015); “Population estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland,” – https://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/populationestimatesforukenglandandwalesscotlandandnorthernireland/mid2014/ukmye2014.zip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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