Responding to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger’s report on malnutrition in older people, Margaret Willcox, President of ADASS, said:
“The thought of older people going hungry because they are isolated, have limited mobility, or are depressed is appalling, and social care staff do what they do because they are keen to do anything within their power to help.
“Hunger is a serious issue for older people, but it’s often just one symptom of wider issues, which is why it is our view that social care solutions should be personalised, and focus on the individual needs of the person in question.
Source: Hunger is just one symptom of deepening social care crisis-ADASS | Care Industry News
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
People who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free vaccination ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common.
Source: Stay well this winter as Public Health England urges people to get the flu jab | Care Industry News
Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has welcomed new guidance published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regarding visiting rights to care homes.
Source: Action on Elder Abuse welcomes new CQC guidance on visiting rights to care homes | Care Industry News
We need to see urgent action, beginning with the Autumn Statement, to ensure that care services for older people are properly funded now and in the future
Source: Urgent action required now to properly fund care for older people | Care Industry News
Care England, a representative body for independent social care providers, has expressed its disappointment over the decision made by the BMA to cease caring
Source: Residents of care homes in danger of being deprived Primary Care Services | 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