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New figures from Age UK reveal the shocking extent to which millions of older people are being left to prop up the country’s disintegrating care system, with those aged 65 and over providing nearly 54 million hours of unpaid care each week in England in 2016[i].

These figures highlight the rising demands being placed on older informal carers as Government underfunding causes the social care safety net to shrink, resulting in increasing numbers of our older population in need of care, being thrown back on their own and their family’s resources.

In 2015/16, over two and a quarter million (2,299,200) people aged 65 and over provided care – a 16.6 per cent increase on five years ago when 1,829,200 did so[ii],[iii].

Over 400,000 (404,400) of these unpaid carers are from the oldest demographic in our society (aged 80 and over), and they provided 12.7 million hours of care in 2015/16 – a 12.7 per cent increase from 2009/10[iv],[v].

Most older people willingly take on the task of helping to care for a loved one – usually but not always a husband or wife – and don’t think of themselves as doing anything out of the ordinary. However, leaving older people to shoulder too much, or sometimes all of the responsibility and hard work of looking after someone in declining health and with significant care needs is unfair. It can also put these older family carers’ own health at risk, and many of them are coping with health problems themselves.

Over half (54.8 per cent) of people aged 65 and over who provide at least one hour of care have a long-standing illness or disability – equating to well over a million people (1,262,500), or one in ten (10.7%) of all these family carers

 

Source: New figures from Age UK show our social care system is disintegrating | Care Industry News

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Age UK calls on all political parties to put social care at the heart of their manifestos as new figures reveal high numbers of over-80s going without the help

Source: Nearly 1 in 3 elderly people struggling with essential tasks of living, amidst breakdown in social care | Care Industry News


Age UK report calls for urgent action, including cash injection in spring budget and development of long-term plan Social care in England is at risk of imminent collapse in the worst affected areas unless urgent steps are taken to address the crisis engulfing the sector, Age UK has warned. The charity’s latest report on the healthcare of older people calls for a cash injection into the adult social care system in the spring budget and the development of a long-term solution to a problem that will otherwise become more acute. Analysis previously published by Age UK suggests almost 1.2 million people aged 65 and over do not receive the care and support they need with essential daily activities such as eating, dressing and bathing. That figure has shot up by 17.9% in just a year and almost by 50% since 2010, with nearly one in eight now living with some level of unmet need, it says. Age UK’s charity director, Caroline Abrahams, said the report makes for “frightening reading”, adding:

Source: English social care system for elderly facing ‘complete collapse’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


This local government finance settlement represents a missed opportunity to set out a  social care long-term strategy on sustainable funding

Source: Government has not addressed the social care crisis as elderly and vulnerable left to fend for themselves | Care Industry News


Special investigation reveals charity charges high rates for products such as mobile phones and car insurance. BRITAIN’S biggest pensioner charity is selling goods and services to the elderly for a…

Source: Wrinkly ‘rip-off’ Telly investigation exposes Age UK ‘flogging goods and services to pensioners at DOUBLE high-street prices’ : Sun. – DWPExamination.


a combination of acute shortages of good health and care services to help older people recover, poor co-ordination and sometimes downright buck passing between

Source: As cuts in social care deepen Age UK says ‘It’s only going to get worse’ | Care Industry News


Councils are warning that loneliness needs to be recognised as a major public health concern, with fears it could pile further strain on local services, unless

Source: Councils warn that loneliness is ‘a major public health concern’ | Care Industry News

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