The number of people receiving long term care has fallen for the last three years, according to figures published by NHS Digital.
A new report shows the number of people aged 65 and over receiving long term care fell by 39,060 between 2015-16 and 2018-19. The research, which is based on data supplied by 152 councils, also revealed that requests for adult social support from local authorities rose by 3.8% between 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Gross current expenditure on adult social care by local authorities was £18.7bn in 2018-19, up by £807m on the previous year, a 4.5% increase. Long term support saw the biggest increase, of 4.8%, or £674m, to £14.6bn.
Source: Fewer elderly people receiving long-term care despite rising demand : Care Home Professional