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Age UK statistics are alarming and shame the country | Care Industry News | 61chrissterry

New Age UK analysis finds that in the last 12 months, about 700,000 requests for formal care and support, equivalent to 51% of all applications, have been made by older people and yet have resulted in them not receiving formal care services. This is equivalent to 2,000 claims from older people being unsuccessful each day, or 80 every hour.[1]

In some of these cases, the older person was found by their council not to meet the eligibility criteria set for the social care system, and that was the end of it (23% of all requests for help); while in others the older person was found ineligible, but their council then referred them onto other services in the hope that they could assist, including their local Age UK (46% of all requests for help). [1]

 

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Concerns about ability to provide care higher than ever- ADASS survey finds- Age UK comments : Care Industry News

pexels-photo-1243332Concern amongst Directors of Adults Social Services in England about their ability to provide the care and support that they are required to in law is at its highest level ever. Winter or the failure of a major provider could make things significantly worse, according to findings of the ADASS autumn survey released today.

The findings of the survey found that almost all Directors are concerned about their ability to provide the care they are legally required to. Nearly all have concerns that they have insufficient capacity to deal with winter or the failure of a major care provider. This could fundamentally undermine their ability to ensure that care is provided to those of us who are older or disabled.

93% of Directors indicated that they have some concerns, or insufficient capacity to manage the failure of a large provider. 90% of Directors stated that they have either some concerns, or insufficient capacity to manage winter related pressures over the coming months.

In response to the findings, President Julie Ogley said:

“Good care and support transforms lives. It enhances health and wellbeing, increases independence, choice and control. It is distinctive, valued, and personal.”

 

Source : Concerns about ability to provide care higher than ever- ADASS survey finds- Age UK comments : Care Industry News

 

 

ability to provide the care and support that Directors of Adults Social Services in England are required to in law is at its highest level ever

2.1 million will go without care by 2030 if governments fail to act : Care Industry News

Launching its manifesto for the General Election, the charity Age UK unveils shocking new research showing that the number of older people in England with some level of unmet need now stands at 1.5 million[i].

This means one in seven (15%) of the entire 65+ population are struggling without the help they depend on to carry out essential everyday tasks such as getting out of bed, going to the toilet, washing and getting dressed.

1.5 million is already an astonishingly high figure but the Charity warns that the situation could get even worse: it estimates that by 2030 there could be 2.1 million[ii] older people who don’t get the care and support they need, if the current approach to funding and providing care remains as it is today.

In its manifesto Age UK calls on the next Government to secure the immediate future of care through investing at least £8 billion over the next two years, as others have already recommended, including the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee whose membership includes two former Chancellors of the Exchequer.

Source: 2.1 million will go without care by 2030 if governments fail to act : Care Industry News

Age UK asks Home Office to reassure older EU nationals over future Brexit arrangements | Care Industry News

Age UK has written to the Home Office asking for urgent formal assurance that older EU nationals in the UK will not at some point in the future find themselves shut out of the NHS and other crucial public services, or even worse put at risk of deportation, if they do not apply to the EU settlement scheme in time. The deadlines for registering is 30 June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal and 31st December 2020 if the UK leaves without one.

The Charity is deeply worried that despite Government marketing campaigns and support to community groups to contact EU nationals in their localities there are bound to be significant numbers of older people who will remain blissfully unaware of the need to register, or who for a number of practical reasons will be unable to do so.

About 118,000 EU nationals aged 65 and above are required to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme[i] they include significant numbers who have been resident in the UK for forty years or more, who are in extreme old age and who are struggling with disability, physical ill health, dementia and other forms of cognitive decline.

 

Source: Age UK asks Home Office to reassure older EU nationals over future Brexit arrangements | Care Industry News

Age UK calls for ‘big cash injection’ for social care from Government : Care Home Professional 

Age UK has called for a “big cash injection” for social care in Wednesday’s Spending Review.

A major new report from the charity, ‘The Health and Care for Older People in England 2019’, says “very substantial additional investment” is required in 2020/21 to avoid the risk of complete collapse of some services.

The report says there is a “desperate need” for a long term plan for the sector and the funding to match as is already in place for the NHS.

 

Source: Age UK calls for ‘big cash injection’ for social care from Government : Care Home Professional

Government leak says care providers will feel the pressure of rising costs within months following no-deal Brexit | Care Industry News

According to a government leak, following a no-deal Brexit, UK care providers will begin to feel the pressure of rising costs within two months.

The leaked documents named Operation Yellowhammer; surmises that Britain faces shortages of fuel, food and medicine.

The documents marked ‘Officially sensitive’ and requiring security clearance point out that the assessments are not worst-case scenarios, but without a trade agreement many sectors and the public as a whole will face shortages in fuels, foods and medicines.

The documents address social care and suggest that after October 31st, following a no-deal Brexit, rising costs will affect the sector and result in extended delays in medicines as three-quarters of the UK’s drugs enter the UK via the EU.

The document comments; that rising costs will hit social care with small providers impacted within 2-3 months and larger providers within 4-6 months.

Notably, it does not address people cared for in their own homes.

The documents do not mention the many thousands of elderly UK citizens already living in care homes or hospitalised, across the EU whom; following a no-deal and the cancelling of ‘Freedom of movement’ on November 1st, will almost certainly be forced to return to the UK

The documents also suggest that many businesses throughout the UK are not prepared and have not accessed advice via various government websites.

The Independent Care Group (ICG), said this document provided yet more evidence of the urgent need to tackle the social care crisis immediately.

“The Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “Social care is already in crisis with 1.4m people living without the care they need and providers failing. This latest
document about the time after a no-deal Brexit warns, potentially, of even worse to come.

 

Source: Government leak says care providers will feel the pressure of rising costs within months following no-deal Brexit | Care Industry News

No matter how rich or frail or poorly you are, there may be no care services available | Care Industry News

A devastating new study commissioned by Age UK highlights the extent of the local lottery that now exists when trying to secure residential care or care at home, and the long-feared emergence of ‘care deserts’ in some places. These are localities where this is literally no care to be had, even when older people can afford to pay, leaving significant sections of the population with potentially long distances to travel to get suitable care.

The situation as regards the lack of availability of nursing home beds is particularly alarming: The vacancy rate for registered nurses working in social care has tripled between 2012/13 and 2017/18 to 12.3% with numbers falling by 9,500.[1] The turnover rate now stands at nearly a third (32.4%) of roles.[2]

Incisive Health, an independent health consultancy, produced the report for the Charity. ‘Care deserts: the impact of a dysfunctional market in adult social care provision’ analyses the state of the market for care in England and shows what a desperately fragile state it is in, with vacancy rates rising and the number of hours of care provided falling by three million over the last three years – even though demand for care has continued to increase.[3]

 

In some areas of the country a lack of staff, especially nurses, is severely limiting the care that providers are able to offer. Incisive Health found that despite a slight rise in the total number of beds nationally over the last five years, some local areas, such as Hull, have lost more than a third of their nursing home beds in the last three years.[4]

 

Chillingly, in their report Incisive Health states that “there are some parts of the country where there are no longer providers available to deliver nursing home services”. Given the inherent vulnerability of the older people who need a nursing home place this is a deeply worrying state of affairs. This situation must also be piling pressure on the NHS.

 

Incisive Health draws this as a conclusion: “In 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) argued that the market-based approach to social care was unsustainable without additional public sector funding.  Based on our findings, we can go further: the current model has broken down in some areas of the country and is no longer capable of delivering care to people in need. Immediate action is needed to stabilise the system and set it on the course to delivering sustainable care in the long-term.”

 

Source: No matter how rich or frail or poorly you are, there may be no care services available | Care Industry News