Briefing: health and care of older people in England 2017

Age UK
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Drawing on an analysis of recent statistical data, this report looks at how the system of health and care is currently working for older people in England. It highlights the ageing population and an increasing number of older people with complex health and care needs. It also looks at the growing pressures on social care funding, and the funding of older people’s social care specifically and the impact of funding cuts on older people and their families. It reports on trends in public funding of health care services, including, primary care, community care and secondary care and looks at projections for the future. The report finds that there are now nearly 1.2 million people aged 65+ who don’t receive the care and support they need with essential daily living activities, representing 1 in 8 older people in the entire population. It also shows that lack of social care is also putting more pressure on hospital care, with people waiting longer to discharged from hospital; placing extra pressure on older carers, with many carers also having a health condition or disability. The report concludes that more investment in health and care services is needed to meet the needs of a growing ageing population. It also calls for the Government to lead a discussion about how to fund sustainable, joined up health and care services our growing older population needs. (Edited publisher abstract)

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financing, health care, social care provision, adult social care, older people, unmet need, public expenditure, cutbacks, needs;
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