Number of elderly people deprived of vital support hits record high, finds report


More than 1.4 million over-65s now struggling without help they depend on to carry out basic tasks as charities and councils call for ‘vital’ funding boost in adult social care

The number of older people who are not getting the care and support they need has hit a record high, with one in seven now living with some level of unmet need, according to a new report.

More than 1.4 million people over the age of 65 are struggling without the help they depend on to carry out basic tasks such as getting out of bed, going to the toilet and washing themselves, the findings, from charity Age UK have revealed.

This marks a 19 per cent increase in unmet need since 2015.

Delayed discharges from hospital due to social care not being in place costs the NHS £289.1m a year – the equivalent to £550 per minute, the report also found.


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