The study recently published in the Lancet Public Health journal analysed the projected health and social care needs of the elderly between 2015 and 2035.
So the situation is definitely getting worse! It says that the number of over 85-year-olds needing round the clock care is set to double. Even worse, the number of people over 65, needing 24-hour care is set to rise by a third. This report warns the care system is now definitely at breaking point. It is estimated that by 2035 there will be 1.5 million people over the age of 85.
What the Experts say…
Professor Jagger said “This expanding group will have more complex care needs that are unlikely to be met adequately. For example, long-term conditions such as arthritis and the rise in obesity, let alone the increased number of people over 65 likely to get dementia and other diseases, is predicted to double by 2025 and treble by 2035.”
Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, urges the government to meet the challenge head-on. She says “The burden on families is now far too great. Effective and joined up social care services are in sharp decline. The government’s top priority must be to steady the ship…so that our older population have the confidence that they can get the help they need.”
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We are a home care agency based in Bunbury, Cheshire helping families predominantly across the North West and North Wales, although we are nation-wide.
Bunbury Care Agency is a member of the UKHCA (United Kingdom Home Care Association) and an associate member of SOLLA (Society of Later Life Advisers). SOLLA is the only association in the UK that can provide accredited financial consultants who can advise and assist people with the funding of elderly care.