Four in five councils struggle to provide elderly care

Four in five local authorities (LA) in the UK do not have enough care for older people, a new report has found.

The Family and Childcare Trust’s Older People’s Care Survey found that 6.4m people aged 65 and over are living in areas that do not have enough older people’s care to meet demand.

Figures for care home provision were better than for other types of care, with 84% of LAs saying they had enough availability compared with just 48% for care at home and 44% for extra care homes.

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On the downside, just 32% of councils said they had enough nursing homes to look after people with specialist dementia needs.

Claire Harding, head of research, at the Family and Childcare Trust, said: “It is inexcusable that vulnerable people are left unable to find the care that they need.

“We urge government to make sure there is enough care for everyone who needs it. In order to do this, we need robust data on where there are gaps in care, a funding system that truly meets the cost of providing care, and clear information for families.

“Without these steps, families will continue to struggle to find care and to meet the numerous care costs on their shoulders.”

The Trust calculated that self funding residential care was 20% more expensive than that for LA fee payers.

The average yearly rate for LA fee payers was £27,113. Inner London had the highest weekly rates at £649 compared with £464 in north west England.

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